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


Paintasaurus

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


StoryCraft

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


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.


Wednesday Crafty Fun: Drop-in for All The Family

Specific Wednesdays during School Holidays; August 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


Creative Breakfasts at the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum

Future Events:

Friday 28th July 2017

Friday 18th August 2017

Friday 29th September 2017

Friday 27th October 2017

Friday 24th November 2017


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


Summer Craft: Workshop for Kids

Fridays; August 11, 18, 25

11am – 1pm

£9 per child

These fun, themed craft sessions are designed to challenge and engage your kids to produce mini masterpieces of their very own. With quality materials and a strong theme each week, these are fully-fledged workshops for young budding artists.

Snack and drink included. Notify of any dietary requirements when booking.

Age 5+, Best for ages 5-12. Pre-booking required.

Materials supplied.

(These workshops are drop-off sessions. You must leave your contact details with the organiser or front desk when dropping off your kids)

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

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