Events and Activity Programme

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

Events at The Wilson

Regular Family Events
Tots and Tales

First Wednesday of every month  | The Foyle Learning Centre
10.30 – 11.15am & 1.15 - 2pm
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.

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Drop-in painting club

Monthly, on third Friday | 10am – 12pm | Ages 60+
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.

Weekend Wilson Tours

Weekends | £5 per person | 10am
Join our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Visitor Services team for in-depth tours of the museum and galleries.

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.

Exhibition talk
Audrey Hepburn: Becoming A Modern Icon

11 November 2015 | 1.30pm | £7

Exhibition Co-Curator Helen Trompeteler discusses Audrey Hepburn’s life in photographs and the development of her era-defining image. By exploring pivotal collaborations with many of the most significant photographers of the
20th century, Trompeteler will consider Hepburn’s carefully crafted image.

Millinery for Beginners Workshop

14 November | 10am - 4pm | £60 / £50 concession
Led by Denise Innes, Director of the British School of Millinery, learn to make a headpiece or tiara. Perfect for weddings or Christmas parties! Ticket price includes entry to the Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition.

Curator tour - Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

21 January 2016 - TICKETS AVAILABLE | 18 November - SOLD OUT! |  | 5.30pm | £10
Terence Pepper, Co-Curator of Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon will lead a tour of the exhibition and discuss the background stories to many of the photographs in the exhibition. Ticket price includes entry to the exhibition.

The Perfect LBD Workshop

21 & 22 November | 10am - 5pm | £100 / £85 concession
Learn how to make patterns, and a perfectly tailored shift dress inspired by the Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition. Bring a sewing machine and 2 – 3 metres of your chosen fabric, a list of other required materials will be provided. Price includes admission to the Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition.

Audrey Hepburn, Angus McBean – and Birkby Hall Road, Huddersfield

25 November | 1.30pm | £7
Adrian Woodhouse was close friend and finally biographer of the great British photographer, Angus McBean, whose
iconic image of Audrey Hepburn in 1950 lit the touch-paper for her career. Tickets for this talk do not include admission to the Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition.

Late Night Wilson!

26 November | 5.15 – 9pm | Free event
Celebrate the start of Christmas with a special late night open evening at The Wilson. Pop in to view the exhibitions after hours*, relax in the café with friends, drop in to the free drawing workshop, be inspired by demonstrations by the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, and celebrate the Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition with a screening of Oscar-winning film Roman Holiday.

The Wilson Shop will be open offering a wide selection of home & gift items, books, stationery, greeting cards, children’s toys, toiletries and exclusive items relating to The Wilson’s collections and exhibitions. Designer brands featured in the shop include Alessi, as well as locally sourced pieces, and items featuring designs from the Arts & Crafts Movement. The perfect opportunity to find unique Christmas gifts - and remember that every purchase helps to support The Wilson and its activities!

The Wilson Shop is the new venue for Cards for Good Causes for 2015, so make sure you stock up!

The Wilson Café will be selling mulled wine, real hot chocolate, mince pies and other drinks and refreshments.

*Please note tickets for entry to Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon will be sold at the front desk throughout the evening. All seats for the screening of Roman Holiday have now been reserved

Gloucestershire’s Ghost Stories

9 December | 6pm | £10 / £8 concession | Not suitable for U12s.
Whether it’s white ladies, old ladies, monks, miners, blacksmiths, or poltergeists Gloucestershire’s hidden places are seething with spooks. Storytellers Anthony Nanson and Kirsty Hartsiotis imaginatively bring to life the creepiest and most engaging ghost stories from all over the county – from the Forest, Severn Vale, and Cotswolds, the Upper Thames and Bristol.

Artist-led Talk - Dryden Goodwin

15 December | 6pm | £5 
Following an Artist Talk at the University of Gloucestershire, Dryden Goodwin will be in conversation with the university's Fine Art Course Leader, Jack Southern, here at the Wilson. This extends Goodwin and Southern's working relationship, having worked on past projects such as major Black Dog publication Drawing Projects (2011), and Drawing making Making drawing (2014) at the Drawing Room, London.

Southern is currently gathering research for his new project and publication entitled, Time/Image/Construction.

Goodwin often combines drawing with photography and live-action video in his works, which can take the form of installations, short films, prints, online works and soundtracks.

He has exhibited at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The Photographers’ Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery in London; Tate Liverpool in Merseyside; and the Venice Biennale. His work is held in major collections including Tate and The National Portrait Gallery in London and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. His short films have been broadcast on Channel 4, MTV, RAI and SWR.

Dryden Goodwin’s most recent film work Unseen, The Lives of Looking has been nominated in the international DOX:AWARD competition at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen.

Capturing Cheltenham: An Introduction to DSLR Photography

23 January 2016 | 10am-4pm | £50 / £40 conc.

Explore the important functions of the camera that combine to make an image. Learn about the art of composition, and take time to experiment and photograph Cheltenham and then share successes. Bring a DSLR camera and an unused memory card. Price includes admission to the Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition.

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 29 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 29 September | Tuesdays 1.15pm – 3.30pm | £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