Art of the Wild: Gertrude Hermes and the Natural World

Last chance to see – now booking for the month of August

Hermes, an innovative wood engraver and printmaker, had a restless curiosity about the natural world, including the River Thames. An Ashmolean Museum exhibition, it includes fish and flower prints as well as her monumental coloured linocuts of the 1950s.

Find out more about the exhibition.

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Tickets –  for which advance online booking is essential (no walk up tickets available) – are now on sale for the following:

  • Self-led Exhibition Visit –  Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Monday 10th August tickets are now available to all for Self-led Exhibition Visits to Art of the Wild: Gertrude Hermes and the Natural World. Pre-booking essential. BOOK NOW!
  • Curator’s Tour – your one-hour small group experience includes a special introduction to the exhibition, followed by the opportunity to ask questions and to enjoy the exhibition for yourself. For more tour detail, scroll down below. BOOK NOW!

In addition, tickets are also now on sale for:

  • Curator’s Tour – John Piper: A Very British Artist – an exclusive introduction to our dedicated gallery examining the diversity of the career of this acclaimed Henley artist across the mediums of stained glass, ceramics, tapestry and set designs as well as paintings and prints. Your one-hour experience, in a very small group, includes a special tour, followed by time to enjoy the Gallery and the opportunity to ask questions. For more tour detail, scroll down below. BOOK NOW!

Safety First

The Museum has carefully limited numbers within each time slot to ensure maximum space for social distancing for both tours. Socially spaced seating will be in place for your comfort and safety during the Gertrude Hermes exhibition Curator Tour. Seating is available on request on arrival in John Piper Gallery. Please refer to our safe visiting guidelines ahead of your visit. All visitors must wear a face mask.

Priority Access

Friends, Supporters (including Henley 100 Club) and Volunteers are being offered priority access to Self-led Exhibition Visits between Thurs 6th and Mon 10th August inclusive. Bookings for Self-Led Exhibition Visits on general sale for visits from Thurs 13th August.

Annual Passholders & Art Fund Members (National Art Pass)

Please email us at museum@rrm.co.uk for further details on how to book your tickets.

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For more information, please refer to our Exhibition and Tour FAQs August 2020

Curator’s Tours

Curator’s Tour – Art of the Wild: Gertrude Hermes and the Natural World

Join our Curator for a very exclusive tour – carefully limited in numbers – of this exhibition.

We all sensed there was something special about Gertie and her relations with animals, trees, plants, insects. She watched them so intently – seemed more finely tuned to all living things than most of us. … Hers was a gentle wildness.’ Gertrude Hermes’ sister, May

One of the most imaginative and talented wood engravers of her generation, Gertrude Hermes OBE RA (1901–1983) drew much of her inspiration from nature, revealing a restless curiosity about the world around her, including the River Thames.

Join our Curator to discover more about Hermes’ enduring fascination with nature – from water, whales and fish to trees and flowers. Water is the key element in Hermes’ world; a keen swimmer and diver, she revelled in the physical sensations and abstract patterns of water. Using this inspiration from nature, she transformed her direct, and often scientific, observations of her surroundings into intricate wood engravings, large-scale linocuts and sculptures. With examples drawn from her sketchbooks and prints, the tour will focus on her training and technique, as well as highlighting literary and personal influences on her work and the circles of key British modernist artists that she mixed with, from Barbara Hepworth and Mary Fedden to Henry Moore and Leon Underwood.

Your one-hour experience includes an exclusive curator’s tour, followed by time to enjoy the Gallery and the opportunity to ask questions. Socially spaced seating will be provided.

This exhibition has been organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

 

Curator’s Tour – John Piper: A Very British Artist

Join our Curator for a very exclusive tour – carefully limited in numbers – of our John Piper Gallery.

People think it dishonest to be chameleon-like in one’s artistic allegiances. On the other hand, I think it dishonest to be anything else. Not only must one change one’s spots or stripes or other outward markings according to the influences one truly experiences, within oneself, but surely one’s whole nature, aesthetic-sensually, as it were, should be susceptible to change.’ John Piper

One of the most popular and prolific artists of the 20th Century, John Piper spent most of his working life living in Fawley, just outside Henley on Thames.

Join our Curator to discover more about John Piper’s life and work in our dedicated gallery which examines the incredible diversity of his career and features work from public and private collections. You’ll see work from across Piper’s career including stained glass, ceramics, tapestry and set designs as well as paintings and prints. Highlights include String Solo, a significant early abstract work, Two Kings, a stained glass panel designed in collaboration with Patrick Reyntiens, and stunning watercolour, Cave Entrance at Easegill.

Your one-hour experience includes an exclusive curator’s tour, followed by time to enjoy the Gallery and the opportunity to ask questions.

Terms and conditions

1) Pre-booking is essential – no walk up tickets are available.
2) Booking subject to availability.
3) Cancellation policy – in the event that you are unwell, we will make every effort to rearrange your visit for another date. The River & Rowing Museum reserves the right not to exchange the ticket if ticket availability does not allow this.
4) Exhibition entry is reserved for Friends, Volunteers and Henley 100 Club between 6th and 10th August (Thurs to Mon) inclusive. Exhibition tickets will also be on general sale for visits taking place from Thurs 13th August onwards (bookings for all).
5) Friends, Henley 100 Club, Friends of Rowing, Annual Passholders, Art Fund National Art Pass holders and Volunteers must all pre-book tickets and give their details or show Membership cards on entry.
6) National Art Pass and Annual passholders receive complimentary entry for the Self-Led Exhibition Visits and must email museum@rrm.co.uk for more details on how to book online.
7) Please arrive a maximum of 10 minutes ahead of your allotted time slot. If you would like to visit the Shop as part of your visit, please arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of your allotted time slot to allow shopping time in advance of your exhibition visit. We cannot guarantee direct entry into the Shop post-exhibition visit owing to numbers and social distancing.
8) Accompanying visitors to Henley 100 Club, Friends of Rowing, National Art Pass, Annual Passholders, Volunteers and Friends must pre-book and pay for their tickets. Pre-booking is essential.
9) Please consider other visitors when booking Friends and Henley 100 Club tickets – entry is limited and we would like to offer as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy the exhibition.
10) Car parking is additional to the exhibition visit / tour price. Friends and Supporters must share their Membership cards at Front Desk with reference to car parking voucher.
11) Self-guided exhibition visits for Art of the Wild: Gertrude Hermes and the Natural World are offered in the first instance for the month of August on the days specified – Thurs to Mon – with a maximum of 8 people in any group subject to availability at the following times: 10.30 – 11.30, 11.45 – 12.45 (this 11.45am exhibition visit slot is only available Sat-Mon – except 6th and 7th August), 13.15-14.15 and 14.30-15.30. Seating will be available in the Gallery. More tickets may be released in September.
12) Curator’s Tours – your one-hour experience includes an exclusive curator’s tour, followed by time to enjoy the Gallery and the opportunity to ask questions.
14) Curator-led tours for Gertrude Hermes are offered in the first instance for the month of August on the days specified – on Thursdays and Fridays– with a maximum of 6 people in 4 bubbles, subject to availability at 11.45am on the following dates: 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th August. Socially spaced seating will be available in the Gallery. More tickets may be released in September.
15) Curator’s introductions to the John Piper Gallery are offered in the first instance for the month of August on the days specified: Mon 17th, Mon 24th and Mon 31st August at 11.30am. More tickets may be released in September.
16) John Piper Curator’s Tours – please ask on arrival about any individual access needs. Seating can be provided if needed.

 

Gertrude Hermes: The Swimmers
© The Estate of Gertrude Hermes
© The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford