Events and Activity Programme

Unless otherwise shown, please contact us on 01242 237 431 or at for more information or to reserve spaces.

Regular Family Events
Tots and Tales

First Wednesday of every month  | The Foyle Learning Centre
10.30 – 11.15am & 1.15 - 2pm (afternoon sessions from May 2015)
Join this fun session of storytelling and arty activities for parents and carers with pre-school children.

Drop-in event. Free, but a donation of £1 per child towards materials would be gratefully received.

Arty Sundays

Last Sunday of every month  | The Foyle Learning Centre
11am - 2pm
Feeling arty? Then come and create at our free family art drop-in session.

Drop-in event. Free, but a donation of £1 per child towards materials would be gratefully accepted. 

PLEASE NOTE: there will be no Arty Sunday event on 30 August 2015.

View more family events here

Introducing The Wilson talks

Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 6 June 2015
Drop in to The Wilson for introductory talks about our fine art collection, Edward Wilson, the Arts and Crafts Movement, or the Paper Store. These talks are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Weekend Wilson Tours

Weekends, from 6 June 2015 | £5 per person
Join our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Visitor Services team for in-depth tours of the museum and galleries.

Special lecture series at The Wilson, spring/summer 2015

5 - 7pm | £5 per person, per lecture | Tickets available on 01242 237 431 / at the front desk at The Wilson
We advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment!

This exciting series of special talks will be delivered in collaboration with The Wilson's academic partner, The University of Gloucestershire. They will address ideas around culture, humanity, and the role of the museum as a place for both research and entertainment. Covering architecture, art, audience, curating, design, and the role of the museum/public gallery, the series looks at the nature of the exhibition, across visual and creative disciplines, and with particular reference to the function of research within exhibition-making as a practical activity - not simply the domain of Fine Art.

Each of the speakers will bring different insights to the idea of the public exhibition as an entertaining and appealing experience, drawing on the personal and anecdotal as much as their own specialist knowledge. The idea of curating as a form of practice is presented through five very different positions, and the depth and breadth of the speakers' experience should encourage lively debate.

15 April 2015
Should we still be talking about art?
Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford

Hobson will discuss contemporary art practice as a form of visual research that connects to ideas and learning in a way that is transforming the notion of art at the beginning of the 21st Century. Hobson has worked for more than twenty years in the art sector in London, previous positions include senior roles at the Contemporary Art Society and The Showroom, the Serpentine Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts. He read History at Oxford University and holds postgraduate degrees in aesthetics and contemporary visual theory as well as arts management and policy.

29 April 2015
Exhibitions - beyond the conventional
David Thorp will talk about exhibitions outside the conventional gallery framework, and across different disciplines. Thorp is an independent curator, and currently has the exhibition Potential Architecture at AmbikaP3 Gallery, University of Westminster. 

13 May 2015
Post disciplinary product design
El Ultimo Grito are design duo, Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo (Professor of Design at Goldsmiths College). In this talk, they will explore their post disciplinary approach to practice as product designers who work with museums as much as with large companies, and whose practical approach is based on using whatever technologies and materials are most appropriate to design a solution for the commission in hand.

3 June 2015
Cutting edge + history = audience engagement
Sarah Brown will talk about her work with a wide range of artists and audiences, including the upcoming opening of British Art Show 8 at Leeds Art Gallery in October. Her talk will focus on how cutting edge exhibitions positioned alongside a major historic collection can engage local communities as much as an international art audience. Brown is a curator at Leeds Art Gallery.

24 June 2015
Marlow Moss, British Modernist
Dr Lucy Howarth is an Art Historian who will talk about the extraordinary life and work of Marlow Moss an unconventional but seminal British Modernist. Moss has been almost forgotten in her own country despite her major contribution to art history. Moss’ work is currently on display at TATE Britain and Lucy’s monograph on her will be published by Ashgate.

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.

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.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival at The Wilson
Ben Norris & Lily Blacksell

24 April 2015 | 7 - 8pm | £7 / £5 | The Wilson

The “wonderful” (BBC Radio 3) and “bold, funny, musical and confident” (Julia Bird) Ben Norris is an actor, spoken-word artist and former UK All-Stars Poetry Slam Champion. Ben’s debut poetry pamphlet was published in summer 2014 by Nasty Little Press, and he’s been described as “a really exciting to watch” by Luke Wright. Ben is joined by Lily Blacksell, a rising star on the spoken word scene, who fuses lyrically inventive writing with powerful performances.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival at The Wilson
Little Machine

24 April 2015 | 8.30 - 10pm | £10 / £7 | The Wilson

Get ready to boogie along to the bards with Little Machine –“The most brilliant music and poetry band I’ve seen in decades” (Carol Ann Duffy.)  Little Machine will make you fall in love with poetry all over again with their blistering rock, folk, punk and pop renditions of classic and contemporary poems. “They sing, strum, beat, get you tapping your feet, make you laugh and break your heart. I swear the Bard himself has joined this band” -  Gillian Clarke.

Back by popular demand. Last year this event sold out very quickly. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

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.

Adult Workshop
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust - Wild Art: Beautiful British Bees

24 July 2015 | 10am - 4pm | £75 per person
A Cath Hodsman Microscopy Sketching event, looking at the incredible physiology of bees. Contact Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust for more information and to reserve spaces.

Introduction to Papercutting

19 September | 10am - 1pm | £20 per person inc. materials
Minimum age 16

Explore the art of papercutting with artist Yasemin Wigglesworth.

Studio Pottery: A Century of Pots

until late 2015
Arts and Crafts Movement Gallery | 2nd floor

This temporary display in the Arts and Crafts Movement Gallery showcases 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.

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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