Events and Activity Programme

Winter 2014 to spring 2015

Regular Family Events
Tots and Tales

First Wednesday of every month
10.30 – 11.30am
Join this fun session of storytelling and arty activities for parents and carers with pre-school children.

Free drop-in event held in the Foyle Learning Centre.

CORRECTION: our current brochure shows a second Tots & Tales session at 1.30 - 3.30pm. Please note that this session does not currently run.

Arty Sundays

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

Free drop-in event held in the Foyle Learning Centre.

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
Acrylic on Canvas

7 March 2015 | 10am - 4pm | £40
Artist-led adult workshop. Many of the artists represented in the still small voice exhibition were 'Medieval Modernists' influenced by Ruskin's belief that 'art is the seeking of ideal truth'. Explore and express your artistic side learning to work in this timeless form.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival at The Wilson
Poetry amongst the Paintings - a poetry show with The Picaresque Poetry Troupe

7 March 2015 | 11am | £6 / £4

Picaresque are an eight-women troupe of poets led by poet Jennie Farley who perform poetry that is described as both "lyrical and edgy". In this exciting event the Picaresque read poetry inspired by works in The Wilson, in the gallery space. Picaresque are Jennie Farley, Kathryn Alderman, Gillian Barker, Judith van Djuikhuisen, Gill Garrett, Penny Howarth, Jane Malone, Frances March.

Poetry Trail
Open Mic

21 March 2015 | 7pm | Free | The Wilson Cafe
Are you an aspiring poet? Join the Poetry Trail throughout November, and be inspired by The Wilson’s collections.Then, perform your work alongside other poets at this special evening event.

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.

Through Conflict | Gloucestershire Remembers World War One

27 September 2014 - spring 2015  |  The Wilson's Paper Store
The Gloucestershire Remembers WW1 project marks the centenary of World War One, and as part of it, our Paper Store will be redisplayed this autumn to showcase a selection of our World War One collection, including postcards from the frontline, and archival objects relating to World War One in a local context.

Also available are our World War One 'take away' boxes for schools. These contain items from the permanent collection which are suitable for handling, and which have been carefully selected to complement the school syllabus and enhance children's learning.

A Definite Claim to Beauty: William Morris and the Kelmscott Press

27 September 2014 - spring 2015
The Wilson's Paper Store

A brand new display of beautifully illustrated books, fine art prints and documents from the Emery Walker Library celebrating William Morris's last great venture, the Kelmscott Press.

Studio Pottery: A Century of Pots

until spring 2015
Arts and Crafts Movement Gallery

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

Guild at 51 workshops
The Foyle Learning Centre

For full information, or to book places, please visit the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen website here. Workshops run recently included:

3D Seamless Felt Bags | 3 October
Felt making to templates, led by Anne Rogers.
£45 per person (materials included) | 10am - 4pm.

Inspired to Stitch | 7 November
Embroidery workshop led by Louise Watson.
£45 per person (materials included) | 10am - 4pm. 

Christmas Tea Lights | 5 December
Creating porcelain tealights and lanterns, led by Adrian Bates.
£50 per person (materials included)

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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