2017 Events Programme

Unless otherwise shown, please contact us on 01242 237 431 or at artgallery@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk for more information or to reserve spaces.

NEW! Mini Movers and Makers

On Sale Now!

Mini Movers and Makers is the new fun and engaging programme for Under 5’s and their families that combines physical activity, natural play and creativity! The entire programme ensures that there is something every day of the week across The Cheltenham Trust sites. Contact us for tickets or find out more on our Facebook Page @MiniMoversandMakers


Creative Breakfasts at the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum

Future Events:

Friday 24th November 2017


Tickets and more information can be found here

Art Explorers

Wednesdays; Weekly (term-time only) | 3.45 - 5.15pm | £5.50 or £4.75 discounted (see below) | 8 - 12 years

Calling all young artists! Do you want to develop your artistic skills and have fun while doing it? This weekly after-school workshop is led by an experienced Arts Award practitioner and will help you build towards Arts Award Discover.

Limited spaces, so booking advised.

Book a term (six weeks) to get a discounted rate for each session.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Paintasaurus

Thursdays; Weekly (term-time) | 1.30 - 2.30pm | £5 | 18mo - 5 years

Use your hands, feet, fingers and toes in this sensory art-play workshop for little ones! Movement and fun combine with tactile art materials, to create a colourful engaging experience. Each session will focus on a new idea, so make sure this one stays in your diary!

All materials are non-toxic and child-friendly. Splash-suits provided but it’s messy, so wear something you don’t mind getting paint on.

Tickets and more information can be found
here


StoryCraft

Mondays; Weekly (term-time) | 10am | £5 | 18mo - 5 years

Experience a story like never before! These weekly morning sessions are a sensory delight aimed at under-5s, bringing storytelling to life through craft and tactile responses. Each session will follow the theme of a new story and be delivered in a bright and engaging way. Perfect for your little ones!

Tickets and more information can be found here


Arty Sunday!

Sundays; 26/11/17, 28/01/18 | 11am - 1pm | £3 | 3+ years

Our monthly family Arty Sundays are the perfect way for you and your little ones to explore your creative side. Each session follows a theme and offers a variety of tactile and fun processes to try. Arty Sunday! Runs throughout the year.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Tai-Chi in the Gallery

Thursday Evenings; 02/11/17, 16/11/17, 23/11/17, 30/11/17, 07/12/17 | 6.15 - 7.15pm | £8 per session

Join renowned practitioner Olly Leonard as he leads an evening Tai-Chi class in the serene and unique setting of The Wilson’s Friends Gallery. Get inspired and invigorated by this exciting new addition to our programme.


Best for beginners or experienced practitioners alike.


Tickets can be purchased on the door, but book in advance to avoid disappointment. Spaces limited, so block-booking advised.


Tickets and more information can be found here


Be Creative

Monthly, Second Thursday | 10am – 12pm | £10 | 60+ years

Join our monthly art club for beginners and improvers. Take part in taster-workshops delivered by our friendly and professional tutors, and seek advice on your own practice. A variety of different media will be explored, such as printmaking and painting.


Be Creative
is a great opportunity to socialise and discuss your own artistic development, and your voice is important.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Museum by Torchlight

Thursdays; 30/11/17 | 5.30 - 6.30pm | £3 | 5+ years  Family

Explore our gallery spaces like you’ve never seen them before! With the lights extinguished and torch in-hand, seek out objects and clues in a special scavenger hunt for young detectives.
Spaces limited, so booking advised.

Tickets and more information can be found here

Printmaking: 6-Week Course with Beth Jenkins

Tuesdays; 07/11/17, 14/11/17, 21/11/17, 28/11/17, 05/12/17 | 10am - 12.30pm | £180/ £160 conc

Fan favourite Beth Jenkins returns for another essential course in Printmaking, sure to engage and inspire. Build your skills over six sessions with various techniques and explore your creativity in new ways through the medium of Print.

Best for beginners or improvers. Materials supplied.

Tickets and more information can be found here


What is Art when you're visually impaired?

Tuesday 14/11/17 | 10am - 4pm

Explore these themes within our exhibition with The Highbury Club, My Guide and Insight Gloucestershire.

Free drop in


Tea with the Tiger

Thursday 16/11/17 | 3pm | £12/ £10 conc; carers go free
Talk 3 - 3.45pm, Tea 3.45 - 5pm

The first in our ‘star object’ talk series for A Window into The Wilson. Learn the fascinating story behind our tiger skin rug. Price includes tea or coffee and cake from The Wilson Café. Booking is essential.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Pioneering Potteries of Gloucestershire: Curator Talk

Thursday 16/11/17 | 6 - 7pm | £8/ £6 conc

A talk by the Wilson's Curator of Decorative Arts, Kirsty Hartisiotis, on the development of Gloucestershire's studio potteries. Explore the history and characters of Gloucestershire ceramics in the 91 years since Michael Cardew founded the Winchcombe Pottery including Toff Millway, John Jelfs and earlier local potteries such as Leckhampton and Cranham.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Improvised Sound and Body Responses to Breaking_New Ground

Thursdays 16/11/17; 23/11/17; 30/11/17; 07/12/17 | 1 - 1.30pm & 2 - 2.30pm

Performing arts students from the University of Gloucestershire, directed by Gillian Yates.
Free drop in



Poland, Poles and the Polish traces in the UK

Friday 17/11/17 | 10am - 2pm

Cheltenham Polish Tenants and Residents Association take up residency around our structure to tell their stories.
Free drop in


Wilson Arts Collective Takeover - 'Push'

Saturday 18/11/17 | 7 - 10pm

The WAC takeover the building in response to Breaking_New Ground and A Window into The Wilson.
Free drop in


Minnovators: Breaking_New Ground for Kids!

Sunday 19/11/17 | 11am - 1pm | £3 | Family

Prepare to innovate! This is a family workshop like no other, where you and your young artists can experiment and let loose to create striking works of art. Throw, stamp, flick, burst and smear in this fun, energetic art session.

No need to pre-book, but spaces limited.

Tickets and more information can be found here


The Story of the Sherborne Street Chimney Sweeps

Wednesday 22/11/17 | 3.30pm | £12/ £10 conc; carers go free
Tea 3.30 - 4pm, Talk 4 - 5pm

Part of our 'star object' talk series. As the iconic chimney sweep comes out on display in our BREAKING_NEW GROUND exhibition, Dr Steven Blake talks us through researching 'the Old Man.' Includes tea or coffee and cake from The Wilson Café. Booking is essential.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Fear and Loathing in Lost Vulvas

Thursday 23/11/17 | 5 - 7pm | £10/ £8 conc | Adults

Critical Sisters hosts an evening workshop on the topic of the female body and personal choice. Sadia Hameed and Jo Bartosch explore how society’s expectations continue to affect women in our current climate. As part of our Breaking_New Ground events, this engaging and provocative evening will leave you questioning the politics behind personal choice and the ideologies behind identity.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Breaking_New Ground: Spoken Word

Saturday 25/11/17 | 1 - 4pm | £18/ £15 conc

Rapper, urban poet and spoken word artist J.P.D.L comes to The Wilson to deliver a unique and exciting workshop on spoken word and performance. Guided through ideas of structure, texture and rhythm, you will develop the skills and confidence to create your own spoken piece by the end of the session.


Best for new comers and experience guests alike. Materials supplied.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Apt Dance and Theatre company Scratch night

Thursday 30/11/17 | 6 - 7pm

Short, responsive performances from Apt: The inclusive dance and theatre company.

Free drop in


Breaking_New Ground: Poetry

Saturdays 02/12/17; 09/12/17 | 1 - 3pm | £25/ £20 conc

Join acclaimed poet Jennie Farley in a double workshop over two weeks to explore new ideas and create a series of written pieces on the theme of dialogue. Immerse yourself into expressive forms such as the Kōan and work as part of a group to build techniques and confidence.

Best for newcomers and experienced poets alike.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Destination Relaxation

Tuesday 05/12/17 | 10am - 4pm, talk from 2 - 3pm

Willow weaving, tai chi movements for wellbeing, guided relaxation, hand massage and a talk on therapeutic arts in palliative care from Longfield.
Free drop in


Wilson's Christmas Wonders

Thursday 14/12/17 | 6pm | £12, £10 conc; carers go free
Talk 6 - 6.45pm, Refreshments 6.45 - 7.45pm


Part of A Window into The Wilson’s ‘Star Object’ series. An exciting opportunity to hear personal insights about Christmas in the Wilson family household from our Curator of Human History, Ann-Rachael Harwood. Price includes glass of wine/ soft drink and nibbles. Booking is essential.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Wilson Arts Collective Scratch night

Thursday 14/12/17 | 7 - 10pm

Short performances from artists trying out new material in a new space.
Free drop in


Yay for Play: Introducing Cardboard Land

Saturday 16/12/17 | 10am - 4pm

Explore a cardboard world in response to our structure, and add your own personal touch to it.
Free drop in


The Holst Birthplace Museum presents 'In the Bleak Midwinter'

Sunday 17/12/17 | 11.30am - 3pm

11.30am - 1pm Screenprint a postcard

1 - 2.45pm Make a jam jar lantern

2.45 - 3pm Candlelit performance in the structure

Free drop in


Christmas Craft!

Tuesday 19/12/17 & Wednesday 20/12/17 | 10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 3.30pm | £2.50 | 3 - 10 years & Adults

Create festive decorations and extra-special gifts in these themed drop-in craft workshops for a range of ages and skills. Build that Christmas cheer by getting out the glitter! Drop in and get crafty!

No need to pre-book.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Beetles in Fashion

Thursday 18/01/18 | 6pm | £12, £10 conc; carers go free
Talk 6 - 6.45pm, Refreshments 6.45 - 7.45pm

Part of A Window into the The Wilson's 'Star Object' series. The Wilson holds some stunning examples of dress reflecting Cheltenham's history as a fashionable spa. We'll be revealing conservation secrets and the story behind this early 19th dress embroidered with iridescent beetlewings. Price includes a glass of wine/ soft drink and nibbles. Booking is essential. 

Tickets and more information can be found here



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Open Monday – Wednesday / Friday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.15pm. Thursday 9.30am – 7.45pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm.
(Closed on 25 & 26 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday)

Admission free

THE WILSON
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
Cheltenham
GL50 3JT
Tel: 01242 237431
www.thewilson.org.uk