Spring 2016 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.


Regular Family Event | Tots and Tales

Monthly, first Wednesday  | The Foyle Learning Centre
10.30 – 11.15am | Free drop-in
Have fun enjoying stories and crafts for pre-schoolers and their parents and carers. This event is free, but donations of £2 per child are gratefully received.


Regular Family Event | Arty Sundays

Monthly, last Sunday  | The Foyle Learning Centre
11am - 1pm | Free drop-in
Let loose your arty side at our family craft and art sessions inspired by our collections and exhibitions. This event is free, but donations of £2 per child are gratefully received.

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Regular Seniors Event | Drop-in painting club

Monthly, on second Thursday | 10am – 12pm | Ages 60+ | £6
Come and explore painting and drawing techniques in this workshop. Bring your own materials; there will be a tutor on hand for friendly support and advice.

Regular Event | Arts and Crafts Movement Tour

On specific Thursdays and Saturdays from 2pm | £5 per person
Discover The Wilson's renowned Arts and Crafts Movement collection, with an insightful 45 minute tour led by experienced Arts and Crafts Movement tour guide, Dave Walton. Tour dates below:

February 4, 13, 18, 27
March 3, 12, 17, 26
April 2, 7, 16, 28
May 7, 12, 21, 26
June 2, 11, 16, 25

Regular event • Guided Tour of The Wilson

On specific Thursdays and Saturdays from 2pm | £5 per person
Discover more about the history of The Wilson and its diverse collections. These fascinating 45 minute introductory tours are led by our gallery guides.

February 6, 11, 20, 25
March 5, 10, 19, 24
April 9, 14, 21, 23
May 5, 14, 19, 28
June 4, 9, 18, 23

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.


Talk | Subversive Ceramics

24 March 2016 | 6pm | £7 / £5 concession

A lecture from artist Claudia Clare examining the connection between pot and politics.


Film weekend | Love Bites!

12 – 14 February | 5.45 – 9pm | Tickets available here
Celebrate Valentine’s weekend and the last days of Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon by joining us for the screening of three wonderful films:
12 February: How to Steal a Million £9 /£7 students (tuck shop available)
13 February: Sabrina £25 (inc. glass of wine & tapas)
14 February: Breakfast at Tiffany’s £25 (inc. glass of wine & tapas)

Workshop | An Exploration of the Language of Drawing

5 - 8 April | 10am - 4pm | £250

An intensive 4 day drawing workshop led by artist Jack Southern. Develop your skills in mark-making studying quality of line, contour and boundary line, tonal range, composition, negative space, scale, and perspective. Most materials are included, a list of extras will also be provided.

Cheltenham Women - Forcing Change?

21 April | 6pm | £7 / £5 concession
Join Dr Sue Jones in examining the Women’s Suffrage movement in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds from 1900 to 1914, within the wider national context.

Nicola White - Chine Collé Workshop

23 April | 10am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 4pm | £15 / £12 concession

Explore making monoprints using the beautiful collage effects of Chine Collé with this in-depth adult workshop.

Poetry Reading

14 May | 6.30 - 7.30pm | £8 / £5 concession
Cheltenham Poetry Festival presents George Szirtes & Nigel McLoughlin. Don't miss this powerful poetry pairing.

Poetry Amongst the Paintings

14 May | 8 - 9pm | £8 / £5 concession
Join Carrie Etter, Gill Garrett & Penny Howarth to enjoy poetry inspired by The Wilson's permanent fine art collections.

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 12 January 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.

Inspired Art | Starts 19 January 2016 | Tuesdays 1.15pm – 4pm | £36 / £25.20 concession + Materials £2 per week
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 practising artist, Jane Calvert.



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

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