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 (term time only)

Monthly, first Wednesday  | The Foyle Learning Centre
10.30 – 11.15am | £1 per child
Have fun enjoying stories and crafts for pre-schoolers and their parents and carers.


Regular Family Event | Arty Sundays (term time only)

Monthly, last Sunday  | The Foyle Learning Centre
11am - 1pm |  £1 per child
Let loose your arty side at our family craft and art sessions inspired by our collections and exhibitions.

View more family events here



Regular Seniors Event | Drop-in painting club (term time only)

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 at 2pm | £5 per person
Discover The Wilson’s renowned Arts and Crafts Movement collection, with an insightful tour led by experienced Arts and Crafts Movement guide, Dave Walton. Please allow for at least 1 hour when attending the tour. Tour dates coming up soon:

July 2, 7, 16, 21, 30
August 4, 13, 18, 27
September 1, 10, 15, 24, 29
October 8, 13, 22, 27
November 3, 13, 17, 26
December 1, 10, 15, 22, 29


Regular event | Guided Tour of The Wilson

On specific Thursdays and Saturdays at 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. Tour dates coming up soon:

July 9, 14, 23, 28
August 6, 11, 20, 25
September 3, 8, 17, 22
October 1, 6, 15, 20, 29
November 5, 10, 19, 24
December 3, 8, 17

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.


Special Lecture Series | Making Change

28 April - 2 June 2016
All tickets £2.50 | All lectures start 6pm | Bar open 5.30 - 6pm

This special lecture series has been arranged alongside Hidden Agenda: Socially Conscious Craft and Crafting Change: Community, Protest, Utopia - exhibitions exploring how artists and makers use their craft as a platform for social comment and provocation. To celebrate these fascinating exhibitions, our special lecture series will explore how activism, campaigns, and communities can make change happen.

This lecture series is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with match funding from the Friends of the Wilson.

28 April | Mary Clear
Incredible Edible’s Mary Clear will show how small actions make a huge difference in communities, especially when it’s something we all share – food!

12 May | Chelt Fems & Women for Refugee Women
In this provocative and challenging talk, speakers from the national charity Women for Refugee Women and local group Chelt Fems, will explore feminist campaigning from community action to lobbying in Parliament and how we each have a duty to hold those who represent us to account.

26 May | Katherine Sladden - POSTPONED
Change.org allows people to connect across geographic and cultural borders to support causes they care about. Katherine Sladden will discuss the rise in social movements, how politics is moving online, and how change.org facilitates change.

2 June | Deadly Knitshade
Artist, and pioneering UK graffiti knitter, Deadly Knitshade (Lauren O’Farrell), will share her unique approach to street art, discussing the new trend in removable and transitory street art, and providing first-hand advice on finding your own street art style.


Wilson Arts Collective Special Takeover event - everyone welcome
S1. OFF THE WALL

18 June | 6 – 10pm (followed by light cycling along the prom) | FREE

DJs/DigitalGraffiti/OpenMic/CorridorGallery/Interventions/Cinema51/Taxidermy/& more...

Expect the unexpected from the first ever takeover event by local young artists at The Wilson! OFF THE WALL will present a number of experimental temporary exhibitions and performance adventures in unexpected corners of The Wilson. This event will be followed by a trip onto the streets with Urban Projections - to view their incredible
guerilla light cycle projections.

Very Still Life Drawing Workshop

Saturday 9 & Saturday 16 July | 10am – 1pm | £15 | Ages 16+
Join our Wild Worlds exhibition-inspired workshop for grown-ups: come along to sketch ‘very still life’ animal subjects from our natural history collection!

Watercolour Workshop | Cath Hodsman's Painting Pollinators

26 August | 10am - 4pm | £55 per person
Cath Hodsman is one of the country’s leading entomological artists. This watercolour painting course is aimed at beginners and improvers, and for those who want to learn more about the essential and fascinating relationship between pollinating insects and the plants that they live in, on and around.

Each student will have their own microscope for the day, as well as beautiful insect specimens, to enter the unseen and fascinating world of insects. The students will then apply what they see and learn, by each working on a beautiful and unique watercolour painting.

Participants are asked to bring: a good selection of watercolour and paint brushes, artist’s quality watercolour paints, watercolour paper ('Hot pressed' is recommended), W/C paints palette, sketching pad to plan out composition, table-top easel or drawing board. Optional – good quality coloured pencils.

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