What's on

Exhibitions

Letters Home

Tuesday 21/02/2017
to
Sunday 26/03/2017

COST: Free

Image shows a postcard sent home by Private Ted West

Letters Home
 

This exhibition is the first in a two-part series which seeks to tell the story of the War at Home through letters sent by men on active service to their friends and loved ones.

Part two of the series will be an artistic installation by Sue Brown which will be displayed from 28th March - 4th June

Moving Art: Animation in Stroud

Tuesday 07/03/2017
to
Sunday 02/04/2017

COST: Free

Moving Art: Animation in Stroud
 

Did you know that Stroud was once home to a famous animation studio? Find out more about this fascinating, untold story in our new Gallery Two exhibition.

Opening Times

Tuesdays: 2pm - 4pm
Wednesdays: 10am - 4pm
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March: 11am - 4pm
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March: 11am - 4pm
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March: 11am - 4pm
Sunday 2 April: 11am - 4pm

Accompanied by a series of special workshops, take advantage of this opportunity to discover more of Stroud's rich and varied history.

This exciting project has been made possible by a grant from Arts Council England through their Grant for the Arts programme which is funded by the National Lottery.

Please note that Gallery Two is a shared use space. Please call ahead on 01453 763394 to avoid disappointment.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Richard Cann

Thursday 23/03/2017
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Richard Cann
 

This week's talk is an introduction to the use of glass in church architecture, the making of stained glass, illustrated (in the main) with the windows of Gloucester Cathedral.

Advance booking and payment is necessary for all events, please call us on 01453 763394 or ask at reception during your next visit.

Workshops for Adults

Floral Design Workshop: A Victorian Posy

Saturday 25/03/2017
10am - 1pm
COST: £55

Floral Design Workshop: A Victorian Posy
 

Join Katherine Kear and her team for this unqiue opportunity to receive expert tuition on how to produce historically influenced foral arrangements. Set in the Pavilion out in our newly opened Walled Garden, this is a wonderful opportunity for floral creativity!

Refreshments and all materials will be provided. To book please telephone 07774979844 or email floralcreativity@gmail.com.

Friends Events

Lecture with Dr John Chandler: Tales of the Severn

Saturday 25/03/2017
2pm
COST: £7.50/£5 Friends

Lecture with Dr John Chandler: Tales of the Severn
 

Join the Friends of the Museum for scintillating tales from the Severn!

Booking necessary, please call on 014553 763394.

Exhibitions

Anglia Textile Works Spring Exhibition

Saturday 25/03/2017
to
Sunday 23/04/2017

COST: Free

Anglia Textile Works Spring Exhibition
 

Anglia Textile Works is a small but well-established group of eight contemporary textile artists based in East Anglia.  In 2017 the group celebrates its twentieth birthday.

This exhibition will include two specially made works, one inspired by Laurie Lee’s ‘Cider with Rosie’ and another on the theme of ‘red’, to reflect Stroud’s tradition of making cloth for soldiers’ uniforms.  Each artist will also exhibit two other pieces.

The group began their collaboration in 1997 to provide a stimulating environment in which to develop artistically, experiment with new ideas and techniques and find a wider audience for the innovative work being accomplished today in the textile arts.

Most of the group have a background in quilting – two are former Presidents of The Quilters’ Guild - but each has her own distinctive style.  They are united by a delight in both process and materials and the desire to translate their own creative visions on to the textile surface.  Many of them are inspired by the special qualities of the East Anglian landscape.

www.angliatexileworks.co.uk

Special Events

Meet the Makers Lunchtime Exhibition Opening

Saturday 25/03/2017
12pm - 2pm
COST: Free

Meet the Makers Lunchtime Exhibition Opening
 

Call in and enjoy a glass of juice or fizz, see the new exhibition and meet members of the Anglia Textile Works.

Family Events

Family Drop In Workshop: Cards and Crafts for Mother's Day

Sunday 26/03/2017
11am - 3:30pm
COST: £2 per activity

Family Drop In Workshop: Cards and Crafts for Mother's Day
 

Brighten up your Mum's day with some hands-on creative, crafty fun. Make a card, a brooch or both!

All ages welcome for card making, but brooch making is a little more fiddly and is recommended for children aged seven and over.

Exhibitions

Sue Brown Showcase Installation: Letters Home

Tuesday 28/03/2017
to
Sunday 04/06/2017

COST:

Sue Brown Showcase Installation: Letters Home
 

The latest in Sue's World War One Artist in Residence series. This installation will take inspiration from the Museum's collection of letters and postcards received in the Stroud District by the friends and families of the men away at war.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with David Walton

Thursday 30/03/2017
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with David Walton
 

Join us for a look at Gimson and the Barnsleys and the local Arts and Crafts movement.

Advance booking and payment is necessary for all events, please call us on 01453 763394 or ask at reception during your next visit.

Special Events

Meet the Artist: Sue Brown

Friday 31/03/2017
11am - 3pm
COST: Free

Meet the Artist: Sue Brown
 

Meet our artist in residence, Sue Brown, and find out how she made the latest installation for 'Echoes in Enamel, Letters from the Front'. Sue will demonstrate Gum Arabic transfer and talk about the inspiration behind the new piece on display in the Museum foyer.

Friends Events

Lecture with Sir Henry Elwes: Snowdrops at Colesbourne Park

Saturday 01/04/2017
2pm
COST: £7.50/ £5 Friends

Lecture with Sir Henry Elwes: Snowdrops at Colesbourne Park
 

This event was previously listed as taking place Saturday 11 March.

Sir Henry will talk about the renowned snowdrop collection at Colesbourne Park which was started by his great grandfather, Henry John Elwes (1846-1922), a traveller-naturalist who introduced many plants to cultivation.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Workshops for Adults

Hand Stitching Workshop with Niki Chandler

Saturday 01/04/2017

COST: £15/

Hand Stitching Workshop with Niki Chandler
 

Join Anglia Textile Works member, Niki Chandler, for an afternoon of hand stitching. 

Using a variety of scrap fabric patches, over stitched with simple running stitch patterns, build up a beautiful abstract artwork. Suitable for all levels. All materials provided but do feel free to bring along any 'special treasures' you might have in your own fabric and thread stash.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Creative Network Business Forum

Wednesday 05/04/2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
COST: Various

Creative Network Business Forum
 

Creative Network runs business forums for those working in any part of the arts, crafts and design sectors. It's time away from your studio or desk to discover & explore the business dimensions of your work. Learn skills and refresh on existing skills within a facilitated supportive peer-to-peer community.

The 'Creative Network' business forums will run every six weeks from Stroud's Museum in the Park with the first forum running on Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 10.30am - 12.30pm. Further details can be found on Facebook or at the website: http://www.creativenetwork.org.uk/

Each forum will include a training seminar by industry expert Abbi Kirby and will include discussions as well as offering thinking tasks and the chance to have free business mentoring sessions.

Benefits of being part of Creative Network are accessing: low-cost business seminars and training; facilitated discussions; help with doing market research and how to interpret data; support with developing marketing plans; ways to generate leads brushing up on sales and selling techniques; exploration of ways to raise awareness and reach audiences; identify routes to market and sell; expand your networks to create meaningful peer-to-peer support; listen and learn from other peoples' experiences; you'll be set challenges to stretch yourself; feedback sessions to enable you to move forward positively; build your resilience stay positive and motivated.

To attend a session costs £25.
If you attend 5 sessions in a row you qualify for 1 hour free business mentoring with Abbi Kirby.
Drop in as and when you need support.
Free membership.
No contract or monthly payment required.
Email to book and pay online to reserve your place.

To register your interest or to ask a question, send a note to: info@creativenetwork.org.uk

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Ian Mackintosh

Thursday 06/04/2017
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Ian Mackintosh
 

For our final talk of the season, we invite Ian Mackintosh as he looks at the story of Stanley Mill, one of the area’s many woollen mills.

Advance booking and payment is necessary for all events, please call us on 01453 763394 or ask at reception during your next visit.

Workshops for Adults

Printmaking with Gum Arabic Transfer Workshop with Sue Brown

Saturday 08/04/2017
10am - 4pm
COST: £30

Printmaking with Gum Arabic Transfer Workshop with Sue Brown
 

This is Sue Brown’s signature workshop!  Using Gum Arabic and the humble black-and-white photocopy as your ‘plate’, you can make prints of photographic images which can be printed onto paper, fabric and straight into a sketch book. No nasty chemicals or expensive equipment required.

Together with a variety of mixed media techniques using ink, oil pastel and bleach learn how to create personal sketch book pages, artist books and textile starting points using photocopies of your own imagery, drawn or photographed. An ideal workshop to kick start your creativity!

Please bring black and white photocopies, sketch books and a variety of fabric snippets, and a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Supported by Arts Council England

Floral Design Workshop: Dutch Period Floral Design

Tuesday 11/04/2017
10am - 1pm
COST: £55

Floral Design Workshop: Dutch Period Floral Design
 

Join Katherine Kear and her team for this unqiue opportunity to receive expert tuition on how to produce historically influenced foral arrangements. Set in the Pavilion out in our newly opened Walled Garden, this is a wonderful opportunity for floral creativity!

Refreshments and all materials will be provided. To book please telephone 07774979844 or email floralcreativity@gmail.com.

Family Events

Easter Bunny Museum Hunt

Wednesday 12/04/2017
to
Sunday 23/04/2017

COST: Free

Easter Bunny Museum Hunt
 

Some mischievous baby rabbits are hiding inside the Museum ... can you help us find them? A fun I-Spy trail for younger children.

Spring Discoveries

Wednesday 12/04/2017
to
Sunday 23/04/2017

COST: Various

Spring Discoveries
 

Look out for some special pop-up activities in the Walled Garden, brought to you by Periscope artist duo Alison Cockcroft and Emily Joy. Keep checking our website closer to the time for more details.

Special Events

Meet the Maker: Sara Impey

Thursday 13/04/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Maker: Sara Impey
 

Call in and meet Sarah Impey and discover more about Anglia Textile Works and their spring exhibition.

A Gift for the Epheremist

Saturday 15/04/2017
12 - 3pm
COST: Free

A Gift for the Epheremist
 

Improvised, ambient music by Anne Chris Bakker and Andrew Heath and Kleefstra | Bakker | Kleefstra (KBK)

Part of the SVA Site Festival, this improvised performance will take place in the ‘Secret Garden’ behind the Museum. Pause and contemplate and immerse yourself in ambient driftscapes which shimmer and pulse with fragile, half-glimpsed melodies.

www.aqueousarts.com

Workshops for Children

Printmaking with Gum Arabic Transfer Workshop for Young People with Sue Brown

Saturday 22/04/2017
10am - 12:30pm & 1:30pm - 4pm
COST: £10 per session

Printmaking with Gum Arabic Transfer Workshop for Young People with Sue Brown
 

Thanks to Arts Council funding, Sue Brown is delighted to offer two highly affordable workshops for Year 10 – 13 students. Using Gum Arabic and the humble black-and-white photocopy as your ‘plate’, you can make prints of photographic images - no nasty chemicals or expensive equipment required. This is an ideal technique for transferring original drawings and photographic imagery onto fabric or into your sketchbook. Please bring black and white toner photocopies, sketch books and a variety of fabric snippets with you.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Supported by Arts Council England

Special Events

Meet the Maker: Fay Allwood

Saturday 22/04/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Maker: Fay Allwood
 

A chance to meet Fay Allwood and to watch her demonstrate dry felting by hand with an embellisher.

Talks

Talk with Cherry Vernon-Harcourt: Norfolk Inspiration

Sunday 23/04/2017
2pm
COST: £7/£5 Museum Friends

Talk with Cherry Vernon-Harcourt: Norfolk Inspiration
 

The Anglia Textile Works exhibition programme ends with a fascinating illustrated talk by Cherry Vernon-Harcourt. Come and hear about her current quilting projects and how she is inspired by the landscapes of Norfolk.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394. 

Family Events

Here be Dragons!

Sunday 23/04/2017
3pm
COST: £4 adults, £3 children, family ticket £10

Here be Dragons!
 

Come and be enchanted ... Mark St Georges Day and the end of the school holidays with an afternoon of wondrous dragon tales from English shores and far away lands. For families with children aged 5 and above. 

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Special Events

Gallery Tour and Demonstration with Annette Morgan

Wednesday 26/04/2017
11:30am
COST: Free

Gallery Tour and Demonstration with Annette Morgan
 

Join Annette Morgan for a guided tour of the exhibition, followed by a chance to watch her demonstrate her craft.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394

Walks

Paul Rutter Spring Tree Walk

Sunday 30/04/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: £3.50

Paul Rutter Spring Tree Walk
 

Trees are vital for a healthy environment but we often take them for granted.

This guided tour will look at the fine collection of trees from around the world, in Stratford Park. We shall explore how trees grow, the chemistry inside a tree and look at the differences between one tree and another.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Exhibitions

Select Festival 2017: Dis/rupt

Monday 01/05/2017
to
Sunday 21/05/2017

COST: Free

Select Festival 2017: Dis/rupt
 

The Dis/rupt project is the result of a series of workshops between the members of the Textile Study Group with curators and artists such as Professor Lesley Millar, Caroline Bartlett and Dr Melanie Miller. The Textile Study Group is exploring several main themes, including global conflict, with the concomitant problems of migration and the refugee crisis; climate change and ecological disruption; conflict within domestic relationships; and disruption within traditional fabric making processes. TSG members will produce individual responses to their selected theme through the influence of stitched textiles, but not exclusively with fabric and thread. A programme of linked workshops and events will provide opportunities for participation, learning and discussion

 ‘’Whilst the effects of disruption can be problematic, disruption can have a positive outcome: it can force change, it can lead to greater understanding as well as previously un-thought of opportunities”

Dr Melanie Miller (curator)

There will be artist tours of the exhibition too - see www.sitselect.org

In addition to the Gallery One exhibition there will be a jewellery showcase curated by Mary La Trobe Bateman, featuring the work of renowned contemporary designer Jonathan Boyd.

Linked Workshops:

  • Sunday 7 May, 10am – 4pm: Natural Structures with Alice Fox
  • Saturday 13 May, 10am – 12.30pm: Zen Stitch with Sian Martin
  • Saturday 13 May, 1.30pm – 4pm: Make Paper Work like Cloth with Ruth Issett
  • Sunday 14 May, 10am – 4pm: Add to it, alter it, erase it! With Dorothy Tucker
  • Saturday 20 May, 10am – 4pm: What’s in a Word with Alison King

For full details, further courses available, prices and to book go to www.sitselect.org bookings page.

Special Events

Bat Walk with Stroud Valleys Project

Friday 12/05/2017
8pm - 10pm
COST: £5

Bat Walk with Stroud Valleys Project
 

Join Nadine Smykatz-Kloss from SVP for a walk in search of bat sightings and sounds in Stratford Park. Museum open from 7pm until 10pm for ‘Museums at Night’.

Booking necessary, please call SVP on 01453 753358.

Museums at Night: Evening Museum & Walled Garden Opening

Friday 12/05/2017
7pm - 10pm
COST: Free

Museums at Night: Evening Museum & Walled Garden Opening
 

A rare chance to visit the Museum ‘out of hours’ and enjoy its evening atmosphere. Bring a torch and see what intriguing artefacts catch your eye. The garden will also be open. Teas, coffees, wine and Stroud Brewery ales will be on sale at the Foyer Café Bar.

Walks

Spring Bird Walk in Stratford Park

Sunday 14/05/2017
10am
COST: Free

Spring Bird Walk in Stratford Park
 

Join Park Supervisor, Mike McCrea, for a walk around the park looking at nesting sites and spring birds.

All welcome, wear walking boots or wellies and meet outside the Museum.

Workshops for Adults

Creative Network Business Forum

Wednesday 17/05/2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
COST: Various

Creative Network Business Forum
 

Creative Network runs business forums for those working in any part of the arts, crafts and design sectors. It's time away from your studio or desk to discover & explore the business dimensions of your work. Learn skills and refresh on existing skills within a facilitated supportive peer-to-peer community.

The 'Creative Network' business forums will run every six weeks from Stroud's Museum in the Park with the first forum running on Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 10.30am - 12.30pm. Further details can be found on Facebook or at the website: http://www.creativenetwork.org.uk/

Each forum will include a training seminar by industry expert Abbi Kirby and will include discussions as well as offering thinking tasks and the chance to have free business mentoring sessions.

Benefits of being part of Creative Network are accessing: low-cost business seminars and training; facilitated discussions; help with doing market research and how to interpret data; support with developing marketing plans; ways to generate leads brushing up on sales and selling techniques; exploration of ways to raise awareness and reach audiences; identify routes to market and sell; expand your networks to create meaningful peer-to-peer support; listen and learn from other peoples' experiences; you'll be set challenges to stretch yourself; feedback sessions to enable you to move forward positively; build your resilience stay positive and motivated.

To attend a session costs £25.
If you attend 5 sessions in a row you qualify for 1 hour free business mentoring with Abbi Kirby.
Drop in as and when you need support.
Free membership.
No contract or monthly payment required.
Email to book and pay online to reserve your place.

To register your interest or to ask a question, send a note to: info@creativenetwork.org.uk

Friends Events

A Special Gala Evening with Nick Macer: Plant Hunting Around the World

Friday 19/05/2017
7:15pm - 9:15pm
COST: £15/£12.50 Museum Friends

A Special Gala Evening with Nick Macer: Plant Hunting Around the World
 

Nick Macer, plant collector and owner of Pan Global Plants - his specialist nursery in Frampton on Severn, spends several weeks every year searching for rare plants. With expeditions ranging from Vietnam and Mexico to Azerbaijan and Chile, his talk at the Museum promises much of interest. It will be illustrated by his own magnificent photographs.

Nick recently appeared as a guest presenter on the BBC's 'Gardeners World', visiting gardens with special micro-climates to see the surprising plants that could be grown there.

The evening begins with an exploration of the Walled Garden, with Mr Macer’s talk beginning at 7:45pm. The talk will be followed by a glass of wine and light refreshments.

To book your place please call the Museum on 01453 763394.

Exhibitions

Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast

Saturday 27/05/2017
to
Saturday 25/06/2016

COST: Free

Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast
 

An Exploration of All Things Geological through an Artist's Fossil Myopia

Adam White interrogates geology through a series of giant experimental watercolours and votive objects that address the vital human concerns of our origins, hidden mythologies of the present day, how and why we think, the mystery of life and death, and the wilful blurring of belief and science.

Exhibits include ‘Petrifaction by Numbers’, a giant geological map of the British Isles made from crushed rock pigments; ‘The Vertebrae and the Spineless Wonder’, transparent dinosaur bones turned into votive objects which carry human stories marooned inside them, and ‘The Ichthyosaur’, a 195-million-year-old Jurassic Ichthyosaur found by the artist in Gloucestershire. It is the most complete ichthyosaur currently known in the county.

Family Events

Half Term Fossil Hunt!

Saturday 27/05/2017
to
Sunday 04/06/2017

COST: Free

Half Term Fossil Hunt!
 

The hunt is on! Artist Adam White has hidden 20 fossils around the Museum and beyond. Can you locate them all? Ask at reception for clues to get you started.

Summer Half Term Holiday Activities

Wednesday 31/05/2017
to
Sunday 04/06/2017

COST: Various

Summer Half Term Holiday Activities
 

 Discover the incredible world of fossils, rocks and minerals through hands-on activities, mini digs and more. Drop in activities for curious children and adventurous adults of all ages, linked to Adam White’s amazing exhibition – keep an eye out for further details nearer the time!

Special Events

Meet the Geologist

Wednesday 31/05/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Geologist
 

A chance to meet the Museum’s Geologist and learn more about our internationally significant geology collection. Bring your fossil finds for identification too! PLUS meet Adam White and other rock and mineral experts and hear about their amazing adventures and incredible discoveries.

Workshops for Adults

Artist-led Workshop with Adam White: Turning Rock into Paint

Saturday 10/06/2017
2pm - 5pm
COST: £15/£10 Museum Friends

Artist-led Workshop with Adam White: Turning Rock into Paint
 

Join Adam White for a workshop based on his geological map 'Petrifaction By Numbers’, painted using mineral pigments. Adam will demonstrate how to find and grind up mineral pigments, lapis lazuli, malachite, ochres and other natural substances to make paint. Also, time allowing, there will be a chance to discover how he uses unusual watercolour techniques -  freezing, bubbles, isopropanol, plastics, scoring, weak acids and other mysterious things!

For adults, all materials provided.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

The magic of Watercolour Painting en plein air with Richard Callingham

Saturday 10/06/2017
10am - 4pm
COST: £75

The magic of Watercolour Painting en plein air with Richard Callingham
 

Pegasus Art is delighted to offer new workshops for adults in Stroud’s ‘Secret Garden,’ the enchanting, newly opened Walled Garden at the Museum. There are plenty of subjects to draw upon – vivid flowers and plants in the garden borders designed by artist Cleo Mussi, architectural details such as the historic 18th century wrought iron gate, and the majestic trees of the surrounding parkland. The new glass-fronted Learning Pavilion will be our base, and a useful workspace in the event of wet weather. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and a delicious light lunch will be served at midday.

Learn how to paint with watercolours en plein air in the Museum’s beautiful Walled Garden. Whether you’re a total beginner or more experienced painter, Richard is on hand to offer plenty of tuition and share his tips and tricks for painting in this versatile medium. His teaching philosophy is to keep things simple and build confidence.

 “Watercolours are my passion. No other medium can give such a fresh and spontaneous effect.”

Museum in the Park Friends are entitled to a discount of 5%.

For further details and to book places call Pegasus Art on 01453 886560 or email info@pegasusart.co.uk

www.pegasusart.co.uk

Special Events

The Festival Players Present: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Wednesday 14/06/2017
7:30pm
COST: £15/£13.50 concessions

The Festival Players Present: The Merry Wives of Windsor
 

An outdoor production directed by Michael Dyer with music by Johnny Coppin

The roguish and foolish Knight, Falstaff, schemes to woo two married women to get his hands on their husbands’ money, but the wiley Wives of Windsor are more than a match for him. The Festival Players Theatre Company brings you this colourful comedy in an all-male, fast-paced, costumed summer feast of farce.

Grounds open at 6pm for picnics. Please bring low-backed chairs and rugs and clothing to suit all weathers. Pimms, teas and coffees on sale at the Museum.

Box Office: Stroud Tourist Information 01453 760900 or book online at www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

Workshops for Adults

Willow Workshop with Susan Early

Friday 16/06/2017
10am - 3:30pm
COST: £40/£30 Museum Friends

Willow Workshop with Susan Early
 

Susan Early is back by popular demand and invites you to come and make a beautiful fruit or bread basket using traditional techniques and Somerset willow. All materials provided, bring a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Special Events

Mothing Evening in Stratford Park

Friday 23/06/2017
9pm
COST: Free

Mothing Evening in Stratford Park
 

Join lepidopterist Mike McCrea for a summer moth hunt in the park.

All welcome, bring a torch and meet outside the Museum. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Midsummer Garden Party

Sunday 25/06/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Midsummer Garden Party
 

Come along to the ‘Secret Garden’ and enjoy its summer splendours. Look out for time-travelling Mr Budding, inventor of the World’s first lawnmower, stop for tea or Pimms in the Pavilion Pop Up Café, or have a play at traditional outdoor games. Miserden Nurseries’ plant sale will entice keen gardeners too. All welcome, come into the garden to relax, unwind and enjoy.

Workshops for Adults

Creative Network Business Forum

Wednesday 28/06/2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
COST: Various

Creative Network Business Forum
 

Creative Network runs business forums for those working in any part of the arts, crafts and design sectors. It's time away from your studio or desk to discover & explore the business dimensions of your work. Learn skills and refresh on existing skills within a facilitated supportive peer-to-peer community.

The 'Creative Network' business forums will run every six weeks from Stroud's Museum in the Park with the first forum running on Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 10.30am - 12.30pm. Further details can be found on Facebook or at the website: http://www.creativenetwork.org.uk/

Each forum will include a training seminar by industry expert Abbi Kirby and will include discussions as well as offering thinking tasks and the chance to have free business mentoring sessions.

Benefits of being part of Creative Network are accessing: low-cost business seminars and training; facilitated discussions; help with doing market research and how to interpret data; support with developing marketing plans; ways to generate leads brushing up on sales and selling techniques; exploration of ways to raise awareness and reach audiences; identify routes to market and sell; expand your networks to create meaningful peer-to-peer support; listen and learn from other peoples' experiences; you'll be set challenges to stretch yourself; feedback sessions to enable you to move forward positively; build your resilience stay positive and motivated.

To attend a session costs £25.
If you attend 5 sessions in a row you qualify for 1 hour free business mentoring with Abbi Kirby.
Drop in as and when you need support.
Free membership.
No contract or monthly payment required.
Email to book and pay online to reserve your place.

To register your interest or to ask a question, send a note to: info@creativenetwork.org.uk

Exhibitions

Grasslands of the Stroud Valleys

Saturday 01/07/2017
to
Sunday 30/07/2017

COST: Free

Grasslands of the Stroud Valleys
 

A photographic exhibition celebrating the beauty of the wildflower-rich limestone grasslands surrounding Stroud. Photo sequences also document the work of local organisations and community groups working to conserve these internationally important habitats.

Photographer Deborah Roberts will be available to meet visitors and answer questions between 2pm and 4pm on Sundays 2, 9, 16 and 30 July.

Family Events

National Meadows Day

Saturday 01/07/2017
11am - 3pm
COST: Free

National  Meadows Day
 

Celebrate National Meadows Day at the launch of Deborah Roberts’ grasslands photography exhibition with activities run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board’s Magnificent Meadows team, including bug hunts and quizzes to test your observational skills.

All welcome – come and find out why meadows matter!

Workshops for Adults

Sketching and Painting in the Garden with Alison Vickery

Saturday 08/07/2017
10am - 4pm
COST: £75

Sketching and Painting in the Garden with Alison Vickery
 

Pegasus Art is delighted to offer new workshops for adults in Stroud’s ‘Secret Garden,’ the enchanting, newly opened Walled Garden at the Museum. There are plenty of subjects to draw upon – vivid flowers and plants in the garden borders designed by artist Cleo Mussi, architectural details such as the historic 18th century wrought iron gate, and the majestic trees of the surrounding parkland. The new glass-fronted Learning Pavilion will be our base, and a useful workspace in the event of wet weather. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and a delicious light lunch will be served at midday.

Enjoy a tutor-led day painting the vibrant flower borders, trees and parkland setting of the Museum in the Park. Local artist Alison Vickery will guide you with demonstrations and plenty of help and advice in working with watercolours and crayons. This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with more experience.

Museum in the Park Friends are entitled to a discount of 5%.

For further details and to book places call Pegasus Art on 01453 886560 or email info@pegasusart.co.uk

www.pegasusart.co.uk

Family Events

Stroud Festival of Nature: Courtyad Art

Sunday 09/07/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Stroud Festival of Nature: Courtyad Art
 

Look out for outdoor art activities in our courtyard today, part of Stroud Festival of Nature.

Exhibitions

Stroud Local History Society Summer Exhibition

Saturday 15/07/2017
to
Sunday 23/07/2017

COST: Free

Stroud Local History Society Summer Exhibition
 

Meet local historians and learn more about the history of the local area through displays, old photographs and slideshows. A chance to share your stories and memories too.

Workshops for Adults

Poetry Workshop with Adam Horovitz

Sunday 16/07/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: £15/£10 Museum Friends

Poetry Workshop with Adam Horovitz
 

Join acclaimed local poet Adam Horovitz for an afternoon of creative writing. We’ll be taking inspiration from the ‘Grasslands’ exhibition and the wonders offered by meadow landscapes.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Walks

Butterfly Walk in Stratford Park

Sunday 16/07/2017
11am
COST: Free

Butterfly Walk in Stratford Park
 

Join Mike McCrea for a walk in search of the park’s butterflies, bees and other insects.

All welcome, meet outside the Museum.

Special Events

Grasslands: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Adam Horovitz & Rebecca Dellow

Friday 21/07/2017
7:30pm
COST: £5/£3.50 concessions

Grasslands: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Adam Horovitz & Rebecca Dellow
 

Join Adam and Rebecca for an evening of poems and fiddle music inspired by meadows and grazing lands. Open mic slots too for anyone with a new poem to share.

Booking advised, please call on 01453 763394.

Workshops for Adults

Mobile Photography Workshop with Kel Portman

Sunday 23/07/2017
10am - 5pm
COST: £20/£15 Museum Friends

Mobile Photography Workshop with Kel Portman
 

Are you a keen photographer who wants to get the most out of your smartphone or tablet camera? If so, this course is for you and will help you unlock the amazing array of features your mobile device has to offer. Tutor Kel Portman will offer practical tips and help you develop your understanding of photography. The day will include a visit to the 'Grasslands of the Stroud Valleys' exhibition to explore the art of making photo essays. We’ll also be walking the grounds of Stratford Park and nearby meadows.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Special Events

Punch and Judy

Wednesday 26/07/2017
12pm, 2pm & 3pm
COST: Donations

Punch and Judy
 

Storybox Theatre will be back in town with the devious Mr Punch and friends ...  traditional Victorian summer holiday entertainment for robust-hearted boys and girls of all ages! Shows take place outdoors, weather permitting, and last half an hour. Come prepared with raincoats and umbrellas or suncream, hats and shades.

Suggested donation on the door of £5 per family.

Family Events

British Festival of Archaeology: Mini Digs Day

Friday 28/07/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Various

British Festival of Archaeology: Mini Digs Day
 

Take part in a mini dig and discover how archaeologists record their finds, or make a bronze age beaker. Fun, outdoor drop in activities for all ages!

Workshops for Adults

The magic of Watercolour Painting en plein air with Richard Callingham

Saturday 05/08/2017
10am - 4pm
COST: £75

The magic of Watercolour Painting en plein air with Richard Callingham
 

Pegasus Art is delighted to offer new workshops for adults in Stroud’s ‘Secret Garden,’ the enchanting, newly opened Walled Garden at the Museum. There are plenty of subjects to draw upon – vivid flowers and plants in the garden borders designed by artist Cleo Mussi, architectural details such as the historic 18th century wrought iron gate, and the majestic trees of the surrounding parkland. The new glass-fronted Learning Pavilion will be our base, and a useful workspace in the event of wet weather. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and a delicious light lunch will be served at midday.

Another chance to learn how to paint with watercolours en plein air in the Museum’s beautiful Walled Garden. Whether you’re a total beginner or more experienced painter, Richard is on hand to offer plenty of tuition and share his tips and tricks for painting in this versatile medium. His teaching philosophy is to keep things simple and build confidence.

 “Watercolours are my passion. No other medium can give such a fresh and spontaneous effect.”

Museum in the Park Friends are entitled to a discount of 5%.

For further details and to book places call Pegasus Art on 01453 886560 or email info@pegasusart.co.uk

www.pegasusart.co.uk

Creative Network Business Forum

Wednesday 09/08/2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
COST: Various

Creative Network Business Forum
 

Creative Network runs business forums for those working in any part of the arts, crafts and design sectors. It's time away from your studio or desk to discover & explore the business dimensions of your work. Learn skills and refresh on existing skills within a facilitated supportive peer-to-peer community.

The 'Creative Network' business forums will run every six weeks from Stroud's Museum in the Park with the first forum running on Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 10.30am - 12.30pm. Further details can be found on Facebook or at the website: http://www.creativenetwork.org.uk/

Each forum will include a training seminar by industry expert Abbi Kirby and will include discussions as well as offering thinking tasks and the chance to have free business mentoring sessions.

Benefits of being part of Creative Network are accessing: low-cost business seminars and training; facilitated discussions; help with doing market research and how to interpret data; support with developing marketing plans; ways to generate leads brushing up on sales and selling techniques; exploration of ways to raise awareness and reach audiences; identify routes to market and sell; expand your networks to create meaningful peer-to-peer support; listen and learn from other peoples' experiences; you'll be set challenges to stretch yourself; feedback sessions to enable you to move forward positively; build your resilience stay positive and motivated.

To attend a session costs £25.
If you attend 5 sessions in a row you qualify for 1 hour free business mentoring with Abbi Kirby.
Drop in as and when you need support.
Free membership.
No contract or monthly payment required.
Email to book and pay online to reserve your place.

To register your interest or to ask a question, send a note to: info@creativenetwork.org.uk

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View of Wallbridge, Stroud, c.1790, artist unknown. This popular painting on display in the Museum shows Wallbridge in Stroud at a time when spinners and weavers worked at home in their cottages.

 
 

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