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

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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


Weekly, Thursdays (term time) | 1.30-2.30 | £5 | 5 years and under

Nurture your mini artists creativity with fun arts activities exploring new textures, shapes and colours. Each week a new theme! Splash suits provided.

Tickets and further information can be found here


Weekly, Mondays (term-time) | 9.30-10.30 | £5 | 5 years and under

Become part of the story like never before! A fun and sensory session bringing storytelling to life with creative and tactile activities. Perfect for your little ones!

Tickets and further information can be found here

Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen
Monthly Craft Workshops

Monthly, Fridays | 10am - 4pm | £variable

Join expert craft makers and producers for this special series of craft workshops. Run by members of The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, these one day workshops are a great way to try a new craft or develop an existing skill. Based in the Foyle Learning Centre at The Wilson, the workshops are run as small, informal sessions, with an emphasis on participants creating something to take home at the end of the day.

More details, including dates, prices can be found here.

Be Creative: Monthly Art Drop-in

Monthly, Second Thursday | 10am – 12pm |£10

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 also a great opportunity to socialise and discuss your own artistic development, and your voice is important. You can suggest future taster-workshops or ask for specific techniques to be demonstrated.
For ages 60+

Bring your own materials and work-in-progress if you wish.

Tickets and further information can be found here

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 bookings@artshape.co.uk.

Art for Enjoyment | Starts 27 September 2016 | 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.

Pop Art in Print: Curator Talk

25 May 2017 | 6pm | £7 / £5 conc.

Vibrant, sexy, cool, and contemporary, Pop Art emerged in the USA and the UK the early 1960s. Inspired by movies, pop music, TV, advertising, magazines and comics, Pop reflected a fascination with celebrities and brands. At the same time, by addressing key political issues, Pop Art also offered a critique of the American dream. Prints are central to the story of Pop and this exhibition, from the Victoria & Albert Museum, features iconic works by leading artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton alongside posters, printed textiles and wallpapers.

Join V&A Curator Gill Saunders in this exclusive evening talk discussing the perennial appeal of Pop Art and its timely critique of the ‘American dream’.

Tickets and further information can be found here

Join in with the family fun at The Wilson with our regular and one-off events!

The Art Cart

Look out for our new Art Cart - stationed around The Wilson, and jam-packed with free activities for you to help yourself to, including various trails around the museum and colouring sheets.

The Art Cart is supported by NADFAS

Monthly event | Arty Sundays

Monthly, last Sunday | 11am – 1pm | £2 per child

Art can heal the world! Spend some precious quality time with your little one getting crafty and creative at our regular family art drop-in sessions.

Appropriate for all the family.
Drop in, no need to pre-book.

Further information can be found here.

Art Explorers After School Club

Wednesdays, term time only | 3.45 – 5.15pm | £4 per child

Does your child want to build their artistic skills? This weekly after-school art club builds on skills working towards achieving Arts Award Discover.

Limited numbers so booking recommended.

Why not pre-book a course of 6 and get one week free!

Tickets and further information can be found here.

Tots and Tales

Monthly, first Wednesday | 10.30 – 11.15pm | £2 per child

Lose yourself in a story. Join our popular story-telling family session, to with our little ones to hear themed stories and enjoy creative activities.

Appropriate for under 5s and their adults.

Wednesday Crafty Fun: Drop-in for All The Family

Specific Wednesdays during School Holidays; May 31, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30 – 3.30pm | £2.20 per child

Fun craft-based activities in our dedicated learning space! We offer a variety of engaging and tactile craft processes or ‘makes’ for young ones to try at different skill-levels. Don’t be afraid to join in the fun; pop along and have a go!

Best for 3-10 years and adults. No need to pre-book.

Further information can be found here

Life Drawing: 3-week Evening Course

Thursday evenings 1, 8, 15 June | 5.30 – 7.30pm | £70/65 conc.

This three week evening class will introduce you to a range of techniques and styles across various media with expert tuition. Teaching artist Claire Billingsley, professional life-models and a selection of inspiring objects from our collection makes this an experience not to be missed! Best for beginners and improvers. Materials supplied.

One ticket will cover entry into all 3 dates.

Tickets and further information can be found here

Contemporary Bookmaking: One-Day Workshop with Guy Begbie

Saturday 3 June | 10am – 4.30pm | £47/£42 conc.

Contemporary bookmaker Guy Begbie comes to The Wilson to deliver a one-day workshop. Learn the technical skills of bookmaking and make your own unique book from scratch over the course of the day. Expect to learn techniques which give visually interesting results and produce quality personalised books to add glamour to your bookshelf.

Best for beginners and improvers. Materials Supplied.

Tickets and further information can be found here 

Modern Calligraphy: One-Day Workshop with Alice Gabb

Saturday 17 June | 10am – 3pm | £55/£50 conc.

One not to miss! Highly sought-after and renowned calligrapher Alice Gabb (Anthropologie, Selfridges, The White Company) is travelling to Cheltenham to deliver a one-day taster of essential skills and techniques.

Invitations, cards, signage, weddings; this is your opportunity to perfect your own bespoke lettering. Each participant receives a specialised calligraphy kit from the artist. Spaces are limited.

Best for beginners and improvers. Materials supplied.

Tickets and further information can be found here

Watercolour Technique: Butterflies & A Guide to Scientific Illustration

Saturday 24 June | 10am – 3pm | £45/£38 conc.

A unique one-day workshop with renowned teaching artist Cath Hodsman. You will use state-of-the-art microscopes and butterfly specimens to produce a richly detailed watercolour. Join the renaissance of scientific illustration that’s sweeping the country!

Best for beginners and improvers, or entomology enthusiasts alike.

Materials supplied, but you may wish to bring your own (finely detailed) brushes and watercolours.

Tickets and further information can be found here

Watercolour Technique: Landscapes, One-Day Workshop

Saturday 1 July | 10am – 3pm | £45/£38 conc.

Take inspiration from our exhibition, Queen Victoria in Paris, and join expert practitioner Karen Bowers as she leads you in an engaging workshop on the technique and nuance of watercolour landscapes. Build a narrative into a scene, capture the emotion of the weather and learn about detail, colour, depth and light.

This event grants free entry to the Queen Victoria in Paris exhibition for the day

Best for beginners and improvers. Materials supplied.

Tickets and further information can be found here

Poetry in Response to Queen Victoria in Paris: A 3-week Course

Saturdays 8, 15, 22 July | 10.30am – 1.30pm | £50/£45 conc.

Calling all poets! Come and be part of an exciting project, to create an anthology in response to our summer exhibition, Queen Victoria in Paris. Over three engaging weeks, work with acclaimed poet Jennie Farley to capture the storied events surrounding the Queen’s momentous visit in 1850. Gain free access to this ticketed exhibition for the duration of the course.

Best for newcomers and confident practitioners alike! 

Tickets and further information can be found here

Printmaking with Beth Jenkins

Saturday 29 July | 10am – 4pm | £60/£55 conc.

On this workshop you will be guided through the process of designing, cutting and printing your original artwork on to paper.  You will gain information about different types of lino, tools, paper and suppliers.

At the end of the day, you will have a good knowledge of how to produce your own prints at home, with and without a press.  Those who already have some experience will be encouraged to expand their knowledge with new techniques, whilst beginners will gain a good basic knowledge of the process.

You can bring along your own artwork, photos or pictures to translate in to prints, or look for inspiration in the museum’s amazing collection.  In addition, your tutor will supply a broad range of source material for you to use.

Best for beginners and improvers. You will need to bring an apron, all other materials supplied.

Tickets and further information can be found here

Draw A Story: Craft and Illustration for Kids

Tuesday 1 August | Book either 10am – 12pm, or 1 – 3pm | £9 per child

Illustrator Lisa Yardley hosts a kids’ workshop on illustration and craft leading your young artists along a journey of artistic storytelling. In this workshop, each young participant will create their own unique storybook from scratch using fun and inventive techniques.

Best for ages 5-12. Pre-booking required. Materials supplied. 

Tickets and further information can be found here

Art in the Park: Outdoor Landscape Drawing Workshop and Summer Picnic

Saturday 12 August | 10am – 3pm | £47/£42 conc.

Join renowned teaching artist Claire Billingsley for a unique summer experience. Enjoy a rich landscape drawing workshop in the peaceful setting of Pittville Park accompanied by a luxury picnic. Develop your technique in a wide range of media while enjoying scones and clotted cream.

Expect to use a range of media to produce your artwork. Don’t forget to bring sun protection and a hat, if the weather is sunny.

Best for beginners and improvers. Materials supplied.

In the event of poor weather, we will host the workshop at The Wilson, so provide contact details when booking. Notification of any dietary requirements is recommended.

Tickets and further information can be found here

Time Capsules: Workshop for Kids

Tuesday 15 August | Book either 10am – 12pm, or 1 – 3pm | £7.50 per time-traveller

Kids can contact their future-selves and create a unique time capsule in this varied workshop. As a young time-traveller, try a range of fun, creative activities and put the results into a special sealed container, to be opened only by you.

Best for ages 5-12. Pre-booking required.

Materials supplied, but bring a small photo of yourself.

Tickets and further information can be found here

Contemporary Jewellery Making: One-Day Workshop with Kate Michelle

Saturday 19 August | 10am – 3pm | £65/£60 conc.

Michelle Watling of Kate Michelle Jewellery creates outstanding pieces of fine jewellery and is here to share her specialist processes with you. In an exciting addition to our programme, you will use the finest materials to create your own piece, and come away with newfound appreciation for what is possible under Michelle’s expert tuition. Includes wire knitting and silversmithing techniques, to produce unique and engaging pieces.

Best for beginners and improvers. Materials supplied.

Tickets and further information can be found here

Wacky Watercolours: Drop-in for All The Family

Tuesday 22 August | 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30 – 3.30pm | £2.20 per child

Explore the medium of watercolour in this fun workshop especially for families. Pop in and create up to three mini masterpieces together with guidance on technique from our workshop leaders. Take inspiration from our collection.

Best for 3-10 years and adults. No need to pre-book.

Further information can be found here

Plants You Can’t Kill: 3D Felting Workshop with Furzie

Saturday 26 August | 10am – 3pm | £52/£48 conc.

From cacti to venus fly-traps, orchids to bromeliads, renowned feltmaker Furzie is leading a quirky felting workshop to create astounding pieces of artistic felted plant-life for the home. Your bespoke, lively creation will brighten any space with a quality and humour that will suit contemporary and traditional homes equally. Ample opportunity to experiment, learn and improve makes this a memorable highlight for feltmakers and beginners alike!

Best for beginners and improvers. Felting Materials supplied, but bring your own small plant pot.

Tickets and further 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

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