Events and Activity Programme

Spring & summer 2014

Family Event
Tots and Tales

Wednesday 2 April
10.30 – 11.15am

Join this fun session of storytelling and arty activities for parents and carers with pre-school children. (The First Wednesday of every Month)

Free drop-in event held in the Foyle Learning Centre

Practical Workshop
English Willow Bread Basket by The Guild of Gloucestershire Craftsmen

Friday 4 April
10am - 4pm

Make a beautiful English Willow Bread Basket using traditional techniques and a variety of weaves. All tools and materials will be provided. With weaver Susan Early. Foyle Learning Centre at The Wilson

£45 per person materials included. Not including lunch
For bookings please contact The Guild / 01242 245215 /

Select Festival Event - The Fiells

Saturday 5 April

Charlotte and Peter Fiells – renowned design historians and writers will discuss their latest book ‘The Story of Design’ which charts the fascinating journey through the evolution of design through history to the present day. Chaired by Mary Greensted of The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

One talk £14 (Conc: £8) / All Day (3 events) £25 (Conc: £20)
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Select Festival Event - From Studio to Shop Floor

Saturday 5 April

Textile artist and designer Ptolemy Mann in conversation with Carmel Allen, Brand Champion of Heal's and journalist discuss the role commerce plays in fostering innovative craft and design practice. They will be joined by Clive Reeve, Managing Director for Oasis clothing. Peter Ting has just signed a licensing agreement with Oasis (the clothing brand) who will be using his Flutter ceramic design on a new range of clothing launching this summer. This is something of a first - a home ware designer influencing fashion rather than the other way around. Chaired by Patricia Van Den Akker of the Design Trust

One talk £14 (Conc: £8) / All Day (3 events) £25 (Conc: £20)
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Select Festival Event - The Importance of Making

Saturday 5 April

Radical Knit artist Freddie Robins and ceramic designer Peter Ting discuss their inspirations, the role of craft in the 21st century and whether innovation and creativity are essential to our lives and well being. Chaired by Charlotte Abrahams

One talk £14 (Conc: £8) / All Day (3 events) £25 (Conc: £20)
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Cheltenham Poetry Festival Event - Ruth Padel & Cristina Newton

Saturday 5 April

In a gallery named after one of our greatest British natural historians, Edward Wilson, Cheltenham Poetry Festival present a reading of poetry inspired by wildlife, conservation and animal/human migration by one of greatest living poets, Ruth Padel. Ruth works in poetry, poetry criticism, wildlife and conservation, and also music. The Mara Crossing, her latest book of poems plus short prose pieces was short-listed for the 2012 Ted Hughes Award and has been described as ‘a beautiful, far-ranging book about physical journeys and all they might mean to humans and animals alike’ (Mark Cocker). Cristina Newton’s dazzling poetry coruscates with brilliant imagery and rich language. She is a winner of the Poetry London and Hope Bourne competitions and her third collection, Cry Wolf, is a recipient of a Straid Award 2012.

Tickets £7 / £4
Tickets available from 0844 576 2210 or

Poetry Festival Cheltenham Poetry Festival - Little Machine - the poetry band!

Saturday 5 April

It’s poetry, but not as you know it! Get ready to put the party into poetry with Little Machine -described as ‘the most brilliant music and poetry band in the world’ by Carol Ann Duffy. Drawing on three thousand years of poetry - Sappho, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Blake, Byron, Eliot, Larkin and many more - Little Machine fuse folk and ballads with poetry. The result is music that moves the feet and words that move the soul! Little Machine have appeared with Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Gillian Clarke, Liz Lochhead, John Cooper-Clarke, John Hegley and other poets, and have been selling out at some UK gigs. Book early to avoid disappointment. Sponsored by Jordans Solicitor.

Tickets £8 / £4
Tickets available from 0844 576 2210 or

One day course
Learn to be a Travel Writer

Saturday 26 April
9.30am - 4.30pm, Foyle Learning Centre, The Wilson
Tickets £90 per person, please call 07946 606 011 to book your space.

This one day course will be led by award winning journalist Richard Waters. He will share his ten years of experience in travel writing, offering a tool kit of how to set yourself up as a successful writer, tips to get you started, advice on your writing style, as well as a valuable list of national travel editors and contact details. Whatever your reason for wanting to learn, from a desire to travel, to a second career, this course will show you straightforward ways to get yourself published, create a blog, website and portfolio of articles to sell yourself to editors, and develop relationships with national newspapers and magazine editors.

The course will allow you to focus on an area of travel of your choice and will include guidance on how to write powerful hooks, practical exercises towards good writing, and how to flex between travel guide and newspaper house styles.

Richard is a regular contributor to several of the national broadsheet newspapers and magazines as well as National Geographic Traveller. He is author of some 18 Lonely Planet books.

Spoken word
Here Today with Jo Bousfield and Marcus Moore

Thursday 1 May

Here Today is a romping-stomping, spell-binding evening of Will-o'-the-Wisp wisdom, literary jiggery-pokery and lots of other merry-making words with hyphens in the middle. The evening will combine comedy with cabaret, bookworm bits with blatant raggadocio and has been described as "like a live colour supplement".

Expect a packed blackboard full of tomfoolery with...the News in Verse, a madcap History of the World sketch, Marcus's rant, Jo's Beautiful Spot, Show & Tell, a fabulous secret musician and wonderful special guest, a Thermos flask and many more delightful items, both savoury and sweet.

Tickets: £7 on the door at The Wilson Cafe.

The Curator and the Maker (Select Festival 2014)

Friday 2 May

The Curator and the Maker – an illustrated conversation about a symbiotic journey Speakers: Mary La Trobe Bateman and artist Eleanor Glover Mary La Trobe-Bateman, formerly Director of Contemporary Applied Arts and contemporary craft curator, describes how her career has evolved from designer to curator. Artist Eleanor Glover outlines how her varied career as an artist has been oxygenated by interaction with curators. There will be a short film by Eleanor as part of the talk. Eleanor Glover is exhibiting in Selected at Newark Park as part of SIT’s Select Festival this year.  Presented in collaboration with Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen

Tickets: £10 Friends of SIT & Guild members £8. Details and tickets: +44 (0)1453 751056

The Open West - Artists' Talks

11 May
10.45am - 5pm. The Wilson, Foyle Learning Centre.
Day tickets are £5 / £3 for students.Tickets can be bought here.
For group bookings, please email

This event will bring together seven of the contemporary artists selected for The Open West in a discussion about their art form.This full day of talks will be a rare and exciting opportunity to engage directly with these artists, to gain insight into their working methods, to listen and to share knowledge. 

  • Andrew Bruce - photography
  • Ruth Murray - painting
  • Vera Boele Keimer - drawing installation
  • Seamus Staunton - sculpture
  • Mitra Saboury - live art and video
  • Chris Dunseath - sculpture
  • Dan Young - painting

Free art exhibition
Keith Browning  - Dancing with Architecture

4 - 31 May
The Wilson, de Ferrieres Gallery

Keith Browning will be exhibiting his first solo art exhibition at The Wilson this May. A Gloucestershire based artist, experienced draughtsman and architectural consultant, Keith has been painting for most of his life. This exhibition will explore his current interest in moving form with his experience in producing images around architecture and buildings.

For more information about Keith and his work, please visit



Celebrating the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain

tbc June
The Wilson Cafe

Keep checking back for confirmed details about our evening of ukulele fun at The Wilson!

Celebrating the 5th Annual Ukulele Festival of Great Britain (20 - 22 June), the evening promises to be an informal get together full of music and song with the humble but increasingly popular ukulele. If you have a uke, or even if you don't, come in and join us. You can strum along, hum along or just sit back and enjoy this wonderful evening.






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(Closed Easter Sunday)

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Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
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Tel: 01242 237431