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Events in May 2018

Exhibitions

World War One - Souvenirs

Tuesday 01/05/2018
to
Sunday 02/09/2018

COST: Free

Image shows the gift tin issued to soldiers at Christmas 1914 - it would have contained chocolate or cigarettes

World War One - Souvenirs
 

A mini-foyer display showing souvenirs made and acquired by those involved in the First World War.

Part of our World War One Commemoration Programme

Special Events

Select Festival 2018: My Nature

Saturday 05/05/2018
to
Sunday 06/05/2018
11am - 5pm
COST: Free

Select Festival 2018: My Nature
 

My Nature is an exciting exhibition of experimental textiles from Select Trail's Guest Artists in France, Thailand, Taiwan and Great Britain. Each artist explores textiles, consumerism and the environment using print, stitch, weave and natural dye techniques. Curator Emma Neuberg specializes in cross-cultural design and brings together an international group to stimulate new conversations across the festival and its communities.

Artists exhibiting:

  • Marian Lynch: Textiles Print - Head of Textiles, Morley College, London, with a focus on ecological print & dye techniques
  • Lola Ley: Textiles Dye - William Morris Gallery Artist-in-Resident and member of The New Craftsmen, with natural dye research & techniques
  • Pauline Dumas: Textiles Print & Stitch - French textile design student at Chelsea College of Art with a focus on self-expression inspired by the natural world
  • Archana Pathak: Textiles Print & Stitch - resident artist at Textiles Hub London with focus on sustainability and well-being
  • Chayanit Jinnasith: Textiles Stitch & Fashion - Thai textile design student at Chelsea College of Art with a focus on global warming
  • Pei-Chi Lee: Embroidery & Fashion - Taiwanese textiles student at the Royal College of Art with a focus on embroidered story-telling
  • Lucille Junkere: Textiles Dye - former William Morris Gallery Artist-in-Resident and Winston Churchill Lifetime Fellow for indigo & slave trade research, with a focus on Nigerian and Jamaican inspired indigo embroidered samples

Poetry in the Pavilion with Hannah Lowe

Saturday 05/05/2018
7:15pm
COST: £3

Poetry in the Pavilion with Hannah Lowe
 

Guest poet Hannah Lowe will be joined by Stroud poets for an evening of poetry in the Pavilion. Hannah Lowe’s first poetry collection Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection and was short-listed for the Forward, Aldeburgh and Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prizes.

Books and drinks available to buy.

Walks

Spring Bird Walk in Stratford Park

Sunday 06/05/2018
10am
COST: Free

Spring Bird Walk in Stratford Park
 

Put your walking boots on and join Park Supervisor, Mike McCrea, for a morning stroll around the park in search of Spring birds and nesting sites. All welcome, meet outside the Museum.

Special Events

Music in the Walled Garden: Sounds for a Small Space

Saturday 12/05/2018
7:30pm
COST: £3.50

Music in the Walled Garden: Sounds for a Small Space
 

Phonsonic and guests present ‘Sounds for a Small Space’, the first in a series of intimate and eclectic new live music events based in the Garden Pavilion. Expect the merging of sounds created by traditional, unusual and electronic instruments. Look forward to a time of discovery and surprises.

Yoga Workshop with Emma Tilley

Sunday 13/05/2018
9:30am - 12:30pm
COST: Various

Yoga Workshop with Emma Tilley
 

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What are inversions and why do/would we practice them? When shouldn't we practice them? What are the alternatives?

During this workshop we'll explore the history and philosophy of inversions as well as scientific exploration into the benefits and contraindications. We'll explore different inversions and ways to access them with both strength and flexibility and a respect for your bodies.

We'll have time for the theory and the practical application, plus discussion.

Advance booking essential. Click here for details.

£27 per person if you hold a current class pass card, or £30 per person without.

Workshops for Adults

Mindfulness Photography with Ruth Davey

Wednesday 16/05/2018
10am - 4pm
COST: Free to £25

Mindfulness Photography with Ruth Davey
 

In the beautiful and peaceful setting of the Museum’s Walled Garden, both sessions will explore how photography can help you, your clients and your colleagues slow down and improve mental health and wellbeing. Taking notice is one of the five ‘Ways to Wellbeing’, developed by the New Economics Foundation and used throughout the NHS. 

The aim of the workshops is to encourage participants to slow down and become more aware of the present moment. Mindful looking can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression as well as help to increase self-esteem, confidence, focus and clarity, motivation and productivity.

Session One: 10am to 12 for public and voluntary sector staff working in the field of health and wellbeing. 

Thanks to funding, this training is FREE. Please book early as places are limited to 15. One person only per organisation. Please email ruth@look-again.org to secure a place.

Session Two: 2pm – 4pm for small business owners 

Introductory taster offer of £25. Please email ruth@look-again.org to secure a place.

For more info please contact Ruth Davey direct on 07789 958895 or email ruth@look-again.org

Special Events

Museums at Night: Bat Walk with Stroud Valleys Project

Friday 18/05/2018
8:30pm - 10pm
COST: £2

Museums at Night: Bat Walk with Stroud Valleys Project
 

Encounter the bats of Stroud with a local expert. We will listen for these amazing creatures using bat detectors and hope to spot some flying in the park.

Bring warm clothes and a torch. The Museum will be open until 11pm.

Booking essential, call SVP on 01453 753358.

www.stroudvalleysproject.org

Exhibitions

Community Exhibition in Gallery Two: Medicine Heads

Friday 18/05/2018
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Sunday 20/05/2018
11am - 5pm
COST: Free

Community Exhibition in Gallery Two: Medicine Heads
 

Independence Trust Stroud presents an exhibition of artworks which explore different aspects of mental health. Created by people who have had personal experiences of mental ill health, this exhibition aims to widen awareness and encourage understanding. It coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week.

Evening opening and sale of artworks on Friday 18 May 6pm to 8pm, all welcome.

Special Events

Select Festival 2018: Workshop and Talk with Paul Fowler

Saturday 19/05/2018
11am - 3:30pm
COST: £45

Select Festival 2018: Workshop and Talk with Paul Fowler
 

Paul Fowler reveals the secret life of ‘lay figures’, life sized models of human figures used by artists of the past in their studios. The morning workshop will involve detailed close up drawing and responses to these intriguing objects, then during the afternoon Paul will talk more about the history of these intriguing objects.

Bookings via www.sitselect.org

Exhibitions

Lost for Words: Work by John and Astrid Furnival

Saturday 26/05/2018
to
Sunday 24/06/2018

COST: Free

Lost for Words: Work by John and Astrid Furnival
 

John Furnival was a student at the Royal College in the 1950s alongside David Hockney. Best known as a 'visual poet' with work in the Tate, he has since lived with his textile artist wife Astrid in  Nailsworth and Woodchester. This exhibition shows drawings, prints and collages from over 50 years, with a focus on his collaborations with Astrid, that resulted in her producing many text-based knitted garments using natural dyes.

Curated by Bernard Moxham and accompanied by a publication with essay by Stephen Bann, the programme includes tours of the exhibition and workshops.

Supported by Arts Council England and the Langtree Trust.

www.johnfurnival.com

Lost for Words ‘Meet the Curator’ Days

Sundays 3, 17 & 24 June & Wednesday 13 June | 11am – 4pm

Call in and meet Bernard Moxham, curator of the ‘Lost for Words’ exhibition, who will give a guided tour at 3pm and be available to answer questions during the day.

Family Events

Knitting Picnic Party in the Garden

Sunday 27/05/2018
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Knitting Picnic Party in the Garden
 

Come for a family fun day of knitting led by Katharina Child of Atelier, Stroud. Discover the incredible things you can do with some wool and a pair of needles.  No need to be an experienced knitter, open to ages 6 and beyond! Bring a picnic, and look out for 'Pop-Up” performances too!

Part of the ‘Lost for Words’ exhibition programme supported by Arts Council England

Family Drop In Workshop: Natural Dyes

Tuesday 29/05/2018
11am - 3pm
COST: £2

Family Drop In Workshop: Natural Dyes
 

Join Gaynor Veal from Stroudwater Textile Trust and learn about the magic of natural dyes. Outdoor, hands-on, ‘taster’ activities for families with children aged 5 and above. Adults who get really inspired can always book onto Marianne’s weekend workshop!

Part of the ‘Lost for Words’ exhibition programme supported by Arts Council England

Special Events

Stroud Shakespeare Festival

Thursday 31/05/2018
to
Saturday 02/06/2018

COST: Various

Stroud Shakespeare Festival
 

Five Valleys Productions, SGS College, present a brand new open-air theatre festival for all ages! Be inspired by the great Bard and enjoy performances, workshops, live music and more.

Keep your eye on the website for more details soon...

stroudshakesepearfestival.weebly.com

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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