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This exhibition explores contemporary wall drawings by James Epps, informed by the use of pattern and colour in ancient Greece and Rome.

Preserved architectural details, remnants of colour, geometric mosaics, and objects all serve as inspiration for the creation of new works based on the Museum of Classical Archaeology’s cast collection. James Epps evokes the colourful worlds from which the ancient sculptures derive, forming new relationships of pattern and colour.

Epps' works are bright, playful and mounted directly onto the museum’s breeze-block walls. The mountboard is arranged in patterns, formulated to sit within the architectural features of the gallery itself, or in dialogue with casts from the collection. Visitors can gain a unique insight into Epps' working methods in his arrangement of the museum’s pottery sherd collection alongside materials and research sources from his own practice.

Epps’ work creates a complex dialogue between our present day and historic past. Plaster casts such as the Laocoon Group, where the figure’s arm has changed position over a lifetime of repairs, are emblematic of how these casts and their originals are not fixed but like all works of art, change across time.

The development of work for this exhibition was supported by Arts Council England, Developing your Creative Practice.

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Museum of Classical Archaeology

University Of Cambridge, Faculty Of Classics, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 9DA

01223 330402


Opening times

Tuesday-Friday 11am-2pm

Closed: Saturday, Sunday, Monday

We are reopening with reduced opening and ticketed slots to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers.

We have put the following measures in place:

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  • Reduced hours, ensuring that visitors are not using the Cast Gallery at the same time as students
  • Additional cleaning in our Cast Gallery
  • One-way system through our Cast Gallery and building
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