Events and Activity Programme

August - December 2014

Regular Family Event
Tots and Tales

First Wednesday of every month
10.30 – 11.30am

Join this fun session of storytelling and arty activities for parents and carers with pre-school children.

Free drop-in event held in the Foyle Learning Centre

Heritage Open Days
Behind the Scenes at The Wilson

Thursday 11 September
1.30pm & 3.30pm

Join curators for this unique opportunity to explore behind the scenes of the newly reopened and award winning Art Gallery and Museum in this tour of collection stores.

Maximum of 10 places allocated on a first come first served basis.

Heritage Open Days
Tour our collections

Thursday 11 - Sunday 14 September
10.30am & 3.30pm

Visit the newly reopened and award winning Art Gallery and Museum and join a short introduction to the Fine Arts, Arts & Crafts and Local History Galleries by the museum’s friendly visitor services team. Twice a day, every day throughout open house weekend.

Free art exhibition
Bob Freeman Memorial Exhibition

5 June - 30 September
The Wilson, de Ferrieres Gallery

A founding member of Cheltenham’s Gardens Gallery, Bob Freeman was enthusiastically involved in the local arts community. He is missed by many and this selection of work is a celebration of his talent. 

Exhibition talk
Ahead of the Curve - with curator Shannon Guo

11 October | 11.30am
£9 (talk and lunch) / £5 (talk only)
The Wilson, Foyle Learning Centre

Led by Shannon Gou from Two Cities Gallery in Shanghai, this talk will explore the work in the exhibition, and the current practices used to create it. Subsidised by the Arts Council England.

Please contact us to reserve a place - 01242 237 431 /

Poetry Private View
Ahead of the Curve

1 November | 7pm
£9 / £6 (concession). Price includes a glass of wine.

In celebration of the arrival of the international exhibition Ahead of the Curve, The Wilson and Cheltenham Poetry Festival join forces to offer you a special Poetry Private View with poet Alicia Stubberfield. In this intimate and innovative event Alicia Stubberfield will read new, specially commissioned work inspired by the touring exhibition, alongside other published work. Enjoy the recital of poetry while sitting amongst the exhibits which have inspired the new poems, at a time when the gallery is closed to the public. Subsidised by the Arts Council England.

Limited tickets are available for this event. Please contact us to reserve a place - 01242 237 431 /

Poetry Trail
Open Mic

13 December | 7pm
Free event
The Wilson Cafe

Are you an aspiring poet? Join the Poetry Trail throughout November, and be inspired by The Wilson’s collections.Then, perform your work alongside other poets at this special evening event.

Ahead of the Curve - Ceramic Drinking Vessels

1 November | 10am - 4pm | £20 inc materials
Foyle Learning Centre

Join ceramist Adrian Bates to develop your skills on the potter’s wheel and experiment with hand building to produce a drinking vessel to take home with you. No experience necessary. Subsidised by the Arts Council.

Numbers limited. Please contact us to reserve a place - 01242 237 431 /

Gloucestershire Remembers World War One
Various displays and activities

The Gloucestershire Remembers WW1 project marks the centenary of World War One, and as part of it, our Paper Store will be redisplayed this autumn to showcase a selection of our World War One collection, including postcards from the frontline, and archival objects relating to World War One in a local context.

Also available are our World War One 'take away' boxes for schools. These contain items from the permanent collection which are suitable for handling, and which have been carefully selected to complement the school syllabus and enhance children's learning.

Art Shape Courses

We are delighted to support Art Shape in offering courses aimed towards adults facing disabling barriers to participation in traditional arts learning. To book, call 01452 863 855, or email

Art for Enjoyment | Starting 23 September | Tuesdays 10:15am – 12:30pm | £56/£36 concession
Foyle Learning Centre

Taught by a practising artist, this course will help you explore your creative journey through drawing, painting, sculpture, print making and more.

World of Art | Starting 16 September | Tuesdays 1:30pm – 4:00pm | £60/£40 concession
Foyle Learning Centre

Another popular art course for those with some experience exploring visual arts, who are looking to learn more and develop their artistic skills. Delivered fortnightly and led by a practising artist.

Christmas Shopping Evening
The Guild at 51

4 December | until 8pm
Join us for an exclusive afternoon and evening of festive cheer, in a shop full of beautifully crafted gifts.

Guild at 51 workshops
The Foyle Learning Centre

For full information, or to book places, please visit the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen website here. Workshops coming soon include:

3D Seamless Felt Bags | 3 October
Felt making to templates, led by Anne Rogers.
£45 per person (materials included) | 10am - 4pm.

Inspired to Stitch | 7 November
Embroidery workshop led by Louise Watson.
£45 per person (materials included) | 10am - 4pm. 

Christmas Tea Lights | 5 December
Creating porcelain tealights and lanterns, led by Adrian Bates.
£50 per person (materials included)

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Open daily 9.30am - 5.15pm
(Closed Easter Sunday)

Admission free

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
GL50 3JT
Tel: 01242 237431