2018 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:

TBA


Tickets and more information can be found here


Art Explorers After School Club

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


Wednesday Crafty Fun

Wednesdays; 14/02/2018, 04/04/2018, 11/04/2018, 30/05/2018 | 10.30am - 12.30pm or 1.30 - 3.30pm | £3 | Suitable for all the family

Each of these drop-in sessions has a different craft activity to learn. Combine this with painting, and drawing animals and artefacts from the museum collection. Suitable for a variety of skill levels, and a tactile experience for young artists. Be prepared to get involved and messy!

Drop-in, no pre-booking required.

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


Arty Sunday!

Monthly, Last Sunday | 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


Needle Felting with Furzie: Felt a Dog

Saturday 27/01/18 | 10am - 4.30pm | £55
Max. capacity is 12

The first of four needle felting workshops by acclaimed artist Furzie. In this session, create a characterful felt dog.

In this workshop series, learn technical needle felting skills to create stunning outcomes in the form of animals and beasts. Develop the structure and individual character of your piece under expert guidance using precise tools, enjoying the humour and satisfaction of the felting process.

Why not develop your skills further and complete the set by attending the whole series?

Booking essential.

Materials Supplied. Best for beginners and improvers.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Wet Sounds Workshop

Saturday 27/01/2018 | 1 - 4.30pm | Free
The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, GL50 3JT

A unique collaboration between The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum and Leisure At Cheltenham (part of The Cheltenham Trust) and Wet Sounds.

Work with Joel Cahen, Creative Director of Wet Sounds to respond to our Collection and create the music that will be played in the swimming pool at the event

Tickets and more information can be found here

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Oil Painting for Beginners: Two-Week Course

Saturday 10/02/18 | 10am - 3pm | £60, £55 conc; carers go free
Max. capacity is 10 per workshop

This short course is designed as a practical introduction to the world of oil painting.

In session 1, prepare a surface, underpaint, develop your colour mixing and put it all together by painting a still-life.

In session 2, improve further by utilising the capabilities of oils in texture and application, with landscape imagery.

Materials supplied.

Best for beginners.

Booking essential.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Wet Sounds

Saturday 10/02/18 | 5 - 5.45pm & 6.15 - 7pm | Free
Leisure At Cheltenham, GL50 4RN


A unique collaboration between The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum and Leisure at Cheltenham (part of The Cheltenham Trust) and Wet Sounds.

Dive into Wet Sounds, a unique deep listening and swimming experience that offers the chance for total immersion in a weightless world of sound and light.

“Otherworldly, astonishingly immediate and faintly perplexing” ~ The Guardian

Session 1: Changing rooms open 4.45pm, pool access 5.00 – 5.45pm

Session 2: Changing rooms open 6.00pm, pool access 6.15 – 7.00pm

Tickets and more information can be found here

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Ceramics from China

Thursday 15/02/18 | 6pm | £12, £10 conc; carers go free
Talk 6 - 6.45pm, Refreshments 6.45 - 7.45pm
Max. capacity is 15

Part of A Window into The Wilson’s ‘Star Object’ series. The Wilson boasts a collection of Chinese ceramics that spans more than 2000 years! Find out more about the collection, their collector, Stanley Berkeley Smith and our continuing links with China. Price includes glass of wine or soft drink and nibbles.

Booking is essential.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Linocut Printmaking: Six-Week Course

Tuesdays; 20/02/18, 27/02/2018, 06/03/2018, 13/03/2018, 20/03/2018, 27/03/2018 | 10am - 12.30pm | £180, £160 conc; carers go free
Max. capacity is 10 per workshop

Join professional printmaker Beth Jenkins as she leads you through a detailed and engaging six-week course in linocut printmaking. Under expert guidance, explore with creative freedom and develop your understanding of the technique. After carving your images into the printing surface, print onto journals, bags, fabric or create prints that you can frame.


Materials supplied.

Booking essential. This is a six week course, one ticket allows entry into all six sessions.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Needle Felting with Furzie: Felt a Dragon

Saturday 24/02/2018 | 10.30am - 4.30pm | £55
Max. capacity is 12

The second in a series of four needle felting workshops, to be delivered by acclaimed artist Furzie. In this session, learn new skills and create a striking felted dragon, ideal for your own home or a gift for a loved one.


This workshop series invites you to come along and learn technical needle felting skills, to create a stunning outcome in the form of animals and beasts. Develop the structure and character of your piece under expert guidance using precise tools, enjoying the humour and satisfaction of the felting process.

Why not develop your skills further and complete the set by attending the whole series?

Spaces are limited, booking essential.

Materials provided. Best for beginners and improvers.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Women in Print: Bridget Riley, Joan Williams, Janet Fisher and more...

Thursday 15/03/18 | 6pm | £12, £10 conc; carers go free
Talk 6 - 6.45pm, Refreshments 6.45 - 7.45pm
Max. capacity is 15

Part of A Window into the The Wilson's 'Star Object' series.
Come and learn how The Wilson acquired these artworks, how the artists made them, and how we continue to look after them today so that generations can continue to enjoy them tomorrow. Price includes a glass of wine or soft drink and nibbles.
Booking is essential. 

Tickets and more information can be found here


Needle Felting with Furzie: Felt a Hare

Saturday 24/03/18 | 10am - 4.30pm | £55
Max. capacity is 12 


The third in a series of four needle felting workshops, to be delivered by acclaimed artist Furzie. In this session, learn new skills and create a lovable felt hare, ideal for your own home or a gift for a loved one.

This new workshop series invites you to come along and learn technical needle felting skills, to create a stunning outcome in the form of animals and beasts. Develop the structure and character of your piece under expert guidance using precise tools, enjoying the humour and satisfaction of the felting process.

Why not develop your skills further and complete the set by attending the whole series?

Spaces are limited, booking essential.

Materials provided. Best for beginners and improvers.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Jewellery Making: One-Day Workshop

Saturday 31/03/18 | 10am - 3pm | £55, £45 conc; carers go free
Max. capacity is 10

Join Michelle of Kate Michelle Jewellery as she returns to The Wilson for an engaging practical workshop. Learn about wire knitting, silversmithing processes and create a unique wearable piece, utilising a selection of different materials, colours and tools.

Materials supplied.

Best for beginners and improvers.

Tickets and more information can be found here


2D Felt Masterpieces

Monday 02/04/2018 | 10.30am - 12.30pm or 1.30pm - 3.30pm | £9; carers go free
Max. capacity is 12 per workshop

Messy and tactile, this exciting workshop will enable your young artists to create a fun and colourful felt image. Using dyed wool and a wet-felting process, participants will layer their creations up from scratch to create vibrant artworks which can be framed or sewn onto fabric, perfect as a gift!

Involves soapy water; bring a change of shirt.

For ages 7+

Booking essential.

Tickets and more information can found here


Monoprint: A Kid's Workshop

Tuesdays; 03/04/2018 & 10/04/2018 | 10.30am & 1.30pm | £4; carers go free
Max. capacity is 12 per workshop

Join us for an exciting and exclusive monoprinting workshop for young artists this Easter. Get creative and learn about the process under the guidance of our creative practitioner, to make your own mini masterpieces full of colour and style.

Wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on.

Materials supplied.

Booking essential, for either the morning or afternoon session.

Tickets and more information can found here


Explore Photography: Practical Workshops for Students

Saturdays; 14/04/2018 & 21/04/2018 | 10.30am - 3pm | £5; carers go free
Max. capacity is 15 per workshop

Aimed at students looking to develop their understanding of photography and delivered in conjunction with the University of Gloucestershire Centre of Art and Photography. Explore expressive photography techniques, taking inspiration from the work of innovative practitioners such as Fox Talbot. Develop your understanding using methods including cyanotype to turn mundane objects into beautiful images under the guidance of our workshop leaders.

Booking is essential, spaces are limited. Both workshops will be similar; if you can't attend one, come to the other.

Tickets and more information can found here


Real or Fake? A Pewter Controversy!

Thursday 19/04/18 | 6pm | £12, £10 conc; carers go free
Talk 6 - 6.45pm, Refreshments 6.45 - 7.45pm
Max. capacity is 15

Part of A Window into The Wilson's 'Star Object' series. The Wilson holds a fine collection of 17th and 18th century pewter, given by Cheltenham antiques dealer, Bertie Isher. One piece has long been considered a clever 20th century fake – but discover the new evidence that shows that it may in fact date back to 1660. Price includes glass of wine or soft drink and nibbles.

Booking is essential.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Needle Felting with Furzie: Felt a Frog

Saturday 21/04/18 | 10am - 4.30pm | £55
Max. capacity is 12

The final of four needle felting workshops, to be delivered by acclaimed artist Furzie. In this session, learn new skills and create a beautiful felted frog, ideal for your own home or a gift for a loved one.

This new workshop series invites you to come along and learn technical needle felting skills, to create a stunning outcome in the form of animals and beasts. Develop the structure and character of your piece under expert guidance using precise tools, enjoying the humour and satisfaction of the felting process.

Why not develop your skills further and complete the set by attending the whole series?

Spaces are limited, booking essential.

Materials provided. Best for beginners and improvers.

Tickets and more information can be found here


Jurassic Geology: Fantastic Fossils

Thursday 17/05/18 | 6pm | £12, £10 conc; carers go free
Talk 6 - 6.45pm, Refreshments 6.45 - 7.45pm
Max. capacity is 15

Part of A Window into The Wilson’s ‘Star Object’ series. With fossils from the collections come on a journey to discover what Gloucestershire would have been like millions of years ago when it was all under the sea. Price includes a glass of wine or soft drink and nibbles.
Booking is essential. 

Tickets and more information can be found here


Wilson's Wonderful Watercolours

Thursday 14/06/18 | 6pm | £12, £10 conc; carers go free
Max. capacity is 50

A talk by Dr. David Wilson, great nephew of artist and Antarctic explorer Edward Adrian Wilson, to accompany the display of a selection of Wilson’s watercolours in A Window into The Wilson. Part of our ‘Star Object’ talk series. Price includes glass of wine or soft drink and nibbles.
Booking is essential. 

Tickets and more information can be found here


A Beautiful Book! William Morris's Kelmscott

Thursday 19/07/18 | 6pm | £12, £10 conc; carers go free
Talk 6 - 6.45pm, Refreshments 6.45 - 7.45pm
Max. capacity is 15

Discover the story behind William Morris’s last masterpiece, the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, and his collaboration with his great friends Emery Walker, who helped him set up his Kelmscott Press, and Edward Burne-Jones, who provided 87 illustrations for the book. Part of our ‘Star Object’ talk series. Price includes glass of wine or 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