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Exhibitions

Collections Display: Peace and Commemoration

Tuesday 04/09/2018
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Sunday 28/10/2018

COST: Free

Collections Display: Peace and Commemoration
 

A mini-exhibition in the Museum Foyer looking at the end of World War One and early moves towards commemorating the lives lost and remembering the Great War.

Stroud School of Art Staff Show 2018

Saturday 08/09/2018
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Sunday 23/09/2018

COST: Admission Free

Stroud School of Art Staff Show 2018
 

Stroud School of Art is one of the best art schools in the country, with outstanding results and an outstanding reputation. It is firmly established as one of the UK’s top providers of art and design tuition, and offers a wide range of courses from beginners right through to advanced levels.

It began its life in a purpose-built Victorian gothic building, the Centre for Science and Art, in Lansdown, Stroud. It shared home for many decades with the town’s Museum. In the second decade of the 21st century, the Museum and Art School continue to be neighbours, with SGS college sited just beyond Stratford Park, where the Museum moved to in 2001. Students often visit to draw our Collections, see exhibitions in the Gallery and make work in response to the inspirational indoor and outdoor settings.

This annual ‘taster’ show offers students and members of the public the chance to get a glimpse of the wide variety of work being made by some of the Art School’s tutors. This team of passionate, committed and talented professionals includes photographers and printmakers, ceramicists and illustrators, textile and fashion designers, painters and sculptors and more.

Meet the tutors at the Private View on Friday 7 September, 5pm – 7pm.

Arts Society Painswick Exhibition

Saturday 22/09/2018
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Sunday 23/09/2018
11am - 4pm
COST: Admission Free

Arts Society Painswick Exhibition
 

The Arts Society Painswick celebrate their 50th Anniversary year with this special pop up art exhibition in Gallery Two. The show includes work by members of the society, covering a wide range of media including watercolour, embroidery and photography.

Local school children have been involved too, and have produced a colourful collection of bugs and beetles during workshops with local artists Susie Walker and Tracy Spiers.

As part of the celebrations, there will be a children’s trail around the ‘Secret Garden’ and a pop up café in the Garden Pavilion, where delicious cakes and tea and coffee will be on sale in aid of a local charity. There will also be a free drop in craft workshop for all ages led by local community artist Susie Walker.

All welcome, come and relax and enjoy!

Workshops for Adults

WEA Art Course with Ian Morgan: Working with colour in drawing and painting

Friday 28/09/2018
10am - 12 noon
COST: £54

WEA Art Course with Ian Morgan: Working with colour in drawing and painting
 

Explore the elements of drawing and painting including line, tone and colour and training the eye, with an introduction to colour theory. We will look at artists such as Manet, Matisse and Klee to understand their intentions and relate their paintings to your own work. 

A seven week course, no sessions on 26 October, 2 November or 9 November.

Enrol online at wea.org.ukor call 0300 303 3464 Course Ref. C3529534

Exhibitions

IN-sight: Into the Light

Saturday 29/09/2018
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Sunday 28/10/2018

COST: Admission Free

IN-sight: Into the Light
 

IN-sight is a group of artists who have a passion for exploring and extending the possibilities and boundaries of printmaking. For the past two years they have been creating imaginative new work in response to obscure objects and hidden treasures they’ve encountered in the Museum’s stores. This exhibition showcases their art alongside some of the diverse artefacts from the Museum’s collection that sparked each artist’s inspiration and curiosity.

IN-sight artists got together at the University of the West of England after studying for an MA in multi-disciplinary printmaking. ‘Into the Light’ will be the group’s third exhibition together but their first themed show. The artists are: Sue Brown, Coo Geller, Sarah Salaman, Jane Sasanow, Wendy Rhodes and Kate Wallis.

Meet the artists on Sunday 21 October and Sunday 28 October between 11am and 4pm.

Special Events

Poetry in the Pavilion with Michael Laskey

Thursday 04/10/2018
7:30pm
COST: Free

Poetry in the Pavilion with Michael Laskey
 

Join local poets and guest poet activist Michael Laskey for an evening of readings in the Walled Garden Pavilion. Entry free, books and drinks available to buy.

Workshops for Adults

Printmaking Workshop with Sue Brown: Gum Arabic Transfer on Fabric

Saturday 06/10/2018
10am - 4pm
COST: £40/£35 concessions

Printmaking Workshop with Sue Brown: Gum Arabic Transfer on Fabric
 

Sue Brown will be sharing the process she used to create the textile pieces in the exhibition, ‘Into the Light’. Using a black and white photocopy, transfer indelible images of drawings or text onto a variety of textile surfaces. The technique retains the softness of your chosen fabric and you can create a stash of textile prints to embellish and develop at a later date. Suitable for beginners and artists wanting to develop their practice. Bring along textiles to experiment with, fabric scissors and black and white toner photocopies (not inkjet). For adults, and students aged 16 , tea and coffee included but please bring a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Special Events

Sounds for a Small Space: Experimental Music Evening

Saturday 06/10/2018
7:30pm
COST: £3.50

Sounds for a Small Space: Experimental Music Evening
 

Phonsonic and guests present an evening of eclectic and experimental live electronic music in the beautiful Walled Garden Pavilion. Come and experience surprising new sounds as traditional, unusual and electronic instruments converge. Drinks on sale in the foyer café bar, Art Gallery open too where you can see the new exhibition, ‘Into the Light’.

Workshops for Adults

Ancient Tree Workshop with Paul Rutter

Sunday 07/10/2018
10am - 4pm
COST: £15/£7.50 students under 20

Ancient Tree Workshop with Paul Rutter
 

Having worked in the tree world for over 40 years, Paul Rutter has advised landowners including the National Trust and the Forestry Commission about the best ways to manage ancient trees. This workshop will give a fascinating insight into the world of ancient trees, and will even include a deadwood road show! In the morning, we will explore the importance of trees for biodiversity and for our own wellbeing. Participants will learn how to identify ancient and veteran trees, to understand the role of decaying wood and how a tree ages, and how this process creates special habitats for plants and wildlife. The second part of the day will be a walk around the park to identify the trees that are or can become ancient if managed sympathetically.

Open to anyone interested in learning more about trees, no previous knowledge or experience required. Tea and coffee provided but please bring a packed lunch, a notebook, pens or pencils, walking boots and warm/rainproof coat.

Booking required please call on 01453 763394.  

WEA Day School with Paul Chapman: Women Artists of the 20th Century

Saturday 20/10/2018
10:30am - 4:30pm
COST: £25

WEA Day School with Paul Chapman: Women Artists of the 20th Century
 

The art world has historically been a male domain, where many talented female artists have been marginalised and overlooked. This day course will examine the lives and work of some of the women who contributed to the creative output of the 20th Century. 

Enrol online at wea.org.ukor call 0300 303 3464. Course Ref C3529600.

Family Events

Half Term Bat Trail

Saturday 20/10/2018
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Sunday 28/10/2018

COST: Free

Half Term Bat Trail
 

Bats have always lived in the mansion house which is now the Museum, sometimes even flying through the corridors at night. See if you can spot all the bats hidden around the rooms, then claim your special sticker reward.

Special Events

Big Draw Day at the Museum

Sunday 21/10/2018
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Big Draw Day at the Museum
 

Plant the seed of an idea and grow yourself a drawing!

The Museum in the Park is full of wonders, each with a story to tell, each with an illustration waiting to happen. This year for our Big Draw, joined by artist and illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis, we invite you to explore the story lines of some of the Museum’s special collection. 

Use your imagination and from one small seed of an idea, Imogen will help inspire you to grow yourself a drawing. This free event is open to all – all materials provided, just drop in for as little or as long as you like. Explore the Museum galleries then walk through the beautiful Walled Garden and be inspired!  

The Big Draw

Family Events

Half Term Family Drop in Workshop: Make a Mini Book

Tuesday 23/10/2018
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Thursday 25/10/2018
10:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £1

Half Term Family Drop in Workshop: Make a Mini Book
 

Help us get ready for Stroud Book Festival! Have fun making your very own mini zig zag book, complete with a colourful cover. Then decide what you’ll put inside – jokes, dreams, stories or secrets?

A family drop in workshop for families with children aged 5 and above.  

Special Events

Meet the Curator: Into the Light

Wednesday 24/10/2018
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Curator: Into the Light
 

Meet our Curator in the Art Gallery this afternoon and hear more about the Museum objects that inspired the IN-SIGHT artists and helped shape their latest exhibition.

Workshops for Children

Children's Comic Book Workshop with Hannah Shaw

Friday 26/10/2018
10:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £25 (siblings get £5 off!)

Children's Comic Book Workshop with Hannah Shaw
 

Come along and make a comic book in a day with Stroud’s super talented, professional illustrator, Hannah Shaw! Create a comic character, then develop a story and make a mini comic to take home. A fantastic opportunity for children aged 8 to 12, all materials provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Special Events

Apple and Pumpkin Day

Sunday 28/10/2018
11am - 6pm
COST: Free, donations welcome

Apple and Pumpkin Day
 

Organised with Stroud Valleys Project and Stroud BuzzClub, this special day celebrates our orchards and apple harvests. Try apple pressing, learn more about why bees are so important, take a look at displays of local apples or simply enjoy tea, cake and a walk around the Autumn Walled Garden.

For more information about the day, click here.

Poetry Evening

Thursday 01/11/2018
7:30pm
COST: Free

Poetry Evening
 

Come and enjoy readings from local poets in the Walled Garden Pavilion. All welcome, free entry with drinks and books available to buy.

Exhibitions

Foyer Exhbition: 100 Hearts

Saturday 03/11/2018
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Sunday 02/12/2018

COST: Free

Foyer Exhbition: 100 Hearts
 

To commemorate the ending of the First World War, members of the Embroiderers Guild have made a collection of fabric hearts which are being displayed at venues across the country.

In the early 1900s, stitching was considered a female activity done in the home, but it was more than that. It was also a therapy for soldiers who needed a temporary escape from the horror of their situation, a method of communication to those back home, and a way of clothing and warming those away on foreign shores. 

Using cloth and thread as both medium and metaphor, textile artists have interpreted stories from the war through unique and sensitive images stitched onto hearts. The pieces show the men who were lost and the animals that accompanied them; the uniforms worn and medals won; the regiments that fought together and the family members fondly remembered; the songs that kept their spirits high and the words they wrote to those back home.

Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2018: Tangled Tales

Saturday 03/11/2018
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Sunday 02/12/2018

COST: Admission Free

Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2018: Tangled Tales
 

“Lives connected by strands of overlapping narrative. Bridging borders and boundaries, a world united by a tangle of tales.”

The focus of the Cheltenham Illustration Awards has always been one of narrative. Visual storytelling, whether sequential or single image, gives scope to the imagination and opens up possibilities beyond the present moment. The exhibition includes a selection of work by some of the many students and emerging and established artists who entered this year’s competition – the prize being inclusion in the show or in the full colour annual. The Student category is open to all full-time students over 18 years of age worldwide. The Emerging and Established category is open to any newly practising illustrators who are wishing to gain exposure of their work and to those who are more established and are apart of the illustration world. Come view and enjoy this year’s collection of new visual stories, this time on a theme of ‘Tangled Tales.’

Gallery Two Exhibition: Stroud Valleys in the Great War

Saturday 03/11/2018
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Sunday 11/11/2018

COST: Admission Free

Gallery Two Exhibition: Stroud Valleys in the Great War
 

The Five Valleys Great War Researchers' exhibition leads up to the centenary of Armistice Day. The displays illustrate civilian and military life in our Five Valleys during the Great War, including the VAD hospitals, the Volunteer Training Corps, trench art, sweetheart postcards, recently acquired material about the Newman Hender factory in Woodchester, a new record of our war memorials and rolls of honour, and stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Walks

Bird Walk in Stratford Park

Sunday 04/11/2018
10am
COST: Free

Bird Walk in Stratford Park
 

Wrap up warm, put your walking boots on and meet Mike McCrea at the Museum gates, then enjoy a ‘bird spotting’ walk around the grounds.

Special Events

Meet the Curator: Rare Books from the Collection

Thursday 08/11/2018
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Curator: Rare Books from the Collection
 

This time our Curator is delighted to reveal some of the rare books held in our collections, to coincide with Stroud Book Festival.

stroudbookfestival.org.uk

Book Launch with Cynthia Jefferies

Thursday 08/11/2018
7:30pm
COST: Free

Book Launch with Cynthia Jefferies
 

‘The Outrageous Fortune of Abel Morgan’

Things are not always as they seem in this novel set in 17th century England, Europe and beyond about Christopher Morgan and his son Abel. This is a dark, and moving tale about mistakes, misunderstandings and the resilience of parental love. Come and hear Cynthia Jefferies being interviewed at this, the launch of her first novel, and perhaps discover why she made the transition from writing for children to this very different novel for adults.

Part of Stroud Book Festival.

Free but booking essential – book online at stroudbookfestival.org.uk

Book Launch with Fiona Eadie and Tracey Spiers

Friday 09/11/2018
7:30pm
COST: Free

Book Launch with Fiona Eadie and Tracey Spiers
 

‘Tales from the towpath: stories and histories of the Cotswold canals’

For 150 years the Cotswold canals played a vital role in Stroud’s history. Navvies and lock-keepers, lengthsmen and leggers formed part of a vast and numberless company who lived and worked on these waterways. Their stories are just some of the fascinating tales brought to light in this new collection. Join the author and illustrator for drinks and nibbles at 7pm, followed by readings and insights from 7.30pm to 8.45pm.

Free but booking essential, please call 01453 763394 or email museum@stroud.gov.uk

Linked to Stroud Book Festival stroudbookfestival.org.uk

Illustrators' Fair

Saturday 10/11/2018
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Sunday 11/11/2018
11am - 4pm
COST: Admission Free

Illustrators' Fair
 

The new ‘Tangled Tales’ illustration exhibition in the Art Gallery will be taken over by eclectic stalls of illustrated wares and wonders by talented students from Gloucestershire University and SGS Stroud College. A great chance to meet up and coming illustrators, and to admire and buy diverse and quirky gifts, books, cards and artefacts direct from their designers and makers. Entry free, many wonderful things to browse and buy.

Linked to Stroud Book Festival stroudbookfestival.org.uk

Workshops for Adults

Book Binding Workshop with Ursula Jenkins

Saturday 10/11/2018
10:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £40/£35 concessions

Book Binding Workshop with Ursula Jenkins
 

Ursula Jeakins is a Member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. Her main area of work is as a traditional stationery bookbinder, making colourfully patterned, beautifully finished books of all shapes and sizes for writing and drawing and other forms of documentation. This workshop is suitable for beginners who’d like to make and bind a ‘proper book’ in a day! All materials and tea/coffee provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Linked to Stroud Book Festival stroudbookfestival.org.uk

Special Events

Sounds for a Small Space: Experimental Music Evening

Saturday 10/11/2018
7:30pm
COST: £3.50 on the door

Sounds for a Small Space: Experimental Music Evening
 

Phonsonic and guests present an evening of eclectic and experimental live electronic music in the beautiful Walled Garden Pavilion. Come and experience surprising new sounds as traditional, unusual and electronic instruments converge. Drinks on sale in the foyer café bar.

Family Events

Drop In Workshop: Needle Felting Family Fun

Sunday 11/11/2018
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £2

Drop In Workshop: Needle Felting Family Fun
 

Come along to the Museum today and help celebrate the launch of Steffi’s lovely new book, ‘Making Simple Needle Felts’. Bring along an empty snail shell and make a snail to go inside, or make colourful Autumn leaves or a bee or perhaps even an owl. Snap up your copy of the book too so you can carry on making at home or share the delights of needlefelting with your friends.

Everyone welcome, ideal for families with children aged 5 and above, perfect for complete beginners as well as children and adults who love making.

Organised in collaboration with Hawthorn Press, linked to Stroud Book Festival stroudbookfestival.org.uk

Exhibitions

Gallery Two Exhibition: Votes for Women

Saturday 17/11/2018
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Sunday 02/12/2018

COST: Free

Gallery Two  Exhibition: Votes for Women
 

Gloucestershire Printmakers draw inspiration from the courage, strength and sacrifice of the Suffragist women, with an exhibition of prints as a celebration of 100 years since some women gained the vote, and as a tribute to all women.

Meet the Artists on Sunday 18 November between 2pm and 4pm.

Special Events

Circus Silhouette Screen Portrait Studio

Saturday 24/11/2018
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Sunday 25/11/2018
11am - 4pm
COST: £30

Circus Silhouette Screen Portrait Studio
 

The Stroud Silhouette Company is a collaboration between papercut artist Yasemin Wigglesworth and photographer, Katie Jane Watson, capturing children’s silhouette portraits using a large screen with intricate papercut border. This magical new circus themed silhouette screen marks the 250th anniversary of the circus.  If you’d like to book a slot to have your child’s silhouette portrait photograph taken, please contact either Yasemin or Katie via cutsafinefigure@gmail.com or katiejane.watson@yahoo.co.uk

The cost is £30 for a jpeg image, which you can then share or print and frame, making a very special gift or family memento.

www.cutsafinefigure.co.uk

www.katiejanewatson.com

Family Events

Family Drop in Workshop: Circus Silhouette Cards & Twizzler Toys

Saturday 24/11/2018
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Sunday 25/11/2018
11am - 4pm
COST: £1

Family Drop in Workshop: Circus Silhouette Cards & Twizzler Toys
 

Celebrate the ‘year of the circus’ by making a special card and a Victorian inspired ‘twizzler’ illusion toy.

Creative fun for families with children aged 5 and above.

Special Events

Winter Poetry Evening

Thursday 29/11/2018
7:30pm
COST: Free

Winter Poetry Evening
 

Come and enjoy our last poetry event of the year with the launch of ‘Stroud Poets 12’ and a celebration of the first 12 volumes of the series. All welcome, entry free, books and drinks available to buy.

Festive Winter Weekend

Saturday 01/12/2018
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Sunday 02/12/2018
11am - 4:30pm
COST: Admission Free

Festive Winter Weekend
 

Celebrate the start of the festive season for our final open weekend of 2018 - after this we’ll be closed until 1st January for the Museum’s annual ‘deep clean’. Drop in and join us for a glass of mulled wine or spiced berry cordial, enjoy family-friendly craft activities, have a go at old fashioned parlour games, warm your vocal chords with carols, or follow an enchanted winter trail around the secret garden.

For full details of the weekend, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Walks

Winter Bird Walk

Sunday 02/12/2018
10am
COST: Free

Winter Bird Walk
 

Join Park Supervisor, Mike McCrea, for a guided walk around the park. Winter sees the return of the iconic redwing, fieldfare, siskin and an influx of robin, goldfinch and chaffinch. It’s also a great time to see birds because the trees are bare. Wrap up warm, wear sturdy boots or shoes and meet outside the Museum gates.

Select a date from the calendar to see what’s on.  We are closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays and in August).

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

 
 

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