Events and Activity Programme

Winter 2014 to spring 2015

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.

CORRECTION: our current brochure shows a second Tots & Tales session at 1.30 - 3.30pm. Please note that this session does not currently run.

An Open Window - Selected Works from the Swindon Collection

14 February 2015  |  11am  |  £5

Join Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Curator, Sophie Cummings, for an in-depth insight into some of the most important pieces of British 20th century art.

Live demonstration drop-in
Tai Chi Pop Ups

21 February 2015  |  11am & 2pm  |  The Friends' Gallery  |  Free drop-in
Celebrate Chines New year with a difference - come and watch a Tai Chi demonstration by professionals in our first floor gallery and pick up some moves yourself!

Adult Workshop
Acrylic on Canvas

7 March 2015 | 10am - 4pm | £40
Artist-led adult workshop. Many of the artists represented in the still small voice exhibition were 'Medieval Modernists' influenced by Ruskin's belief that 'art is the seeking of ideal truth'. Explore and express your artistic side learning to work in this timeless form.

Poetry Trail
Open Mic

21 March 2015 | 7pm | Free | 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.

Adult Workshop
Watercolour workshop

11 April 2015 | 10am - 4pm | £40
Be inspired by the Turner Watercolours display and create your own watercolour artwork. Learn techniques, brushstrokes and tips to kick start your artistic practice. 

Art and Travel in Turner's Time

9 May 2015 | 1pm | £7
Join expert Dr Jenny Gaschke to learn more about the intricacies of art and travel in Turner's time.

Through Conflict | Gloucestershire Remembers World War One

27 September 2014 - spring 2015  |  The Wilson's Paper Store
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.

A Definite Claim to Beauty: William Morris and the Kelmscott Press

27 September 2014 - spring 2015
The Wilson's Paper Store

A brand new display of beautifully illustrated books, fine art prints and documents from the Emery Walker Library celebrating William Morris's last great venture, the Kelmscott Press.

Studio Pottery: A Century of Pots

until spring 2015
Arts and Crafts Movement Gallery

This temporary display in the Arts and Crafts Movement Gallery showcases new acquisitions of studio pottery to the collection, based around the generous gift from major collector Lewis Creed.

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.

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 run recently included:

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 on 25 & 26 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday)

Admission free

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