Confluence: interconnectivity and interdependency
Mar
30
to Apr 28

Confluence: interconnectivity and interdependency

Walking the Land are an artist’s collective that link art, landscape and community.

'Confluence' brings together artists exploring how their work can reveal and re-enchant the landscape.  The exhibition is accompanied by seminars, talks and workshops that help explore the practices, techniques and philosophy behind the various approaches.

The artworks and activities encourage viewers and visitors to walk and experience the landscape and to engage with our natural and cultural heritage. The artists are pleased to exhibit and run workshops at the Museum in the Park, itself a hub for exploring the cultural heritage and landscape of the Stroud Valleys, the Severn Vale and beyond.

www.walkingtheland.org.uk

Free admission, donations welcome

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'Cider With Rosie'
Apr
2
to Jun 23

'Cider With Rosie'

We will be marking the 60th anniversary of the publication of Cider With Rosie. A display in the Museum foyer will include objects belonging to author Laurie Lee and artworks inspired by his most celebrated book.

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Life and Times of Arthur Davis, a Man Who Survived
Apr
2
to Jun 23

Life and Times of Arthur Davis, a Man Who Survived

Our first-ever volunteer curated display

David James, one of the Museum’s wonderful team of Volunteers, has been working with Alexia Clark, the Collections Officer, to produce the museum’s first volunteer-curated display. In the Collectors Room discover the family history story of David’s grandfather Arthur Davis through Museum Collections, David’s personal family archive and a loan from the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.

Photo shows Arthur Davis on his enlistment for World War One.

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Exhibition in Gallery Two: ‘Beyond the Garden Gate’ new work by Helen Williams
Apr
7
to May 5

Exhibition in Gallery Two: ‘Beyond the Garden Gate’ new work by Helen Williams

Having expressed herself, in the recent past, with textiles on a fairly large scale, Helen Williams has now returned to drawing and stitching in a highly detailed, closely-observed style. The framed pieces in this exhibition showcase her passion for the outdoor world of Nature, as well as details of an intimate interior.

In this collection, Helen presents her garden; the wildlife she encounters walking daily beside a nearby stream; her perennial love of the sea shore; her journeys to Ireland and Scotland, and also, familiar items in her kitchen.

These 50 works comprise pen drawings, paintings and needlepoint embroidery.

Meet the Artist on 13 , 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28 April,  and 4 & 5 May, all 2pm - 4pm

Gallery Two opening times vary, please call ahead to check: 01453 763394

Free admission, donations welcome.

image © Helen Williams, ‘Rita’s Roses’

Special event, Exhibition Opening with tea and cake, Sunday 7th April, 2pm - 4pm, all welcome.

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'Walking Pages’ with artist Maxine Relton
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

'Walking Pages’ with artist Maxine Relton

Join artist Maxine Relton for a sketching stroll around the Museum Park and parts of Stroud, completing a small concertina book back in the Museum. ‘Walking Pages’ will engage and intensify your attention to the world around you and is an experience that can be enjoyed by those with any level of drawing ability.

£12 Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

image © Maxine Relton

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Spring Bird Walk
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Spring Bird Walk

Join Park Supervisor, Mike McCrea, for a gentle walk around the beautiful park grounds in search of nesting sites and new arrivals. All welcome, wear walking boots or sturdy shoes and meet outside the Museum. Uneven surfaces and occasional steep pathways - not suitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs.

Free event

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Sightlines
May
4
to Jun 2

Sightlines

‘Sightlines’ as an idea began in 2009 when both David Gates and Matthew Harris, took part in the touring exhibition ‘Taking Time, Craft and the Slow Revolution which was co curated by Helen Carnac. Throughout the intervening years all three artists have looked at ways in which the dialogue and routes of enquiry opened up by the show could be developed further, and how the questions it posed might form the starting point for further investigation.

Each of the artists in this exhibition share a concern for the way in which ideas, images and objects evolve through a process of building and construction. A process of addition and subtraction, where the building up and paring away of layered material both reveals and conceals a rich language of contingent mark and embedded colour - a concern also for the way in which objects are held together through a utilitarian language of joints and fixings which reveal something of the history of their making.   

At the vital heart of the project is the experience of looking, seeing and making. In particular, the way in which the spaces, voids and holes prevalent in much of the three-dimensional work direct sight lines and viewpoints through the gallery space, to crop and frame new views of other works both two and three-dimensional. The resulting visual juxtapositions brought about by this looking through, will lead to a conjoining of object, material and process, whilst revealing new and unexpected arrangements and compositions.

Private View Friday 3 May, 6pm – 8pm

Linked Event: Saturday 11 May | 2pm | Free  Sightlines - In Conversation

An informal gallery talk and conversation with Helen Carnac, David Gates and Matthew Harris, chaired by Paul Harper. A chance to meet the artists and hear more about the work on display in the ‘Sightlines’ exhibition.

Artist Matthew Harris will be ‘in residence’ on the weekends of 11 & 12 May and 18 & 19 May. The gallery will be open from 11am to 6pm on these days as part of the Select Art Trail. For full details see www.sitselect.org

image:  © Matthew Harris ‘Triple Cellophane Cloth’ 

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BuzzClub
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

BuzzClub

Spring is in the air and summer is around the corner, so it’s time for Stroud BuzzClub to meet again. If you and your children or grandchildren want to find out more about the wonderful world of bees and how to encourage them, come and meet in the Museum Courtyard.

£3 per child, pay on the day, for accompanied children aged 5+.

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Poetry Evening in the Art Gallery
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

Poetry Evening in the Art Gallery

Come and mark the publication of a new Stroud Poets pamphlet with readings in the Art Gallery. This is also a chance to enjoy the ‘Sightlines’ exhibition afterhours, as you will be surrounded by work by Helen Carnac, David Gates and Matthew Harris. Free entry, drinks and poetry books available to purchase.

Free event, donations welcome.

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‘In the North Wind’s Breath’ - Talk with Andy Christian
May
17
3:00 PM15:00

‘In the North Wind’s Breath’ - Talk with Andy Christian

In 1975 the artist Winifred Nicholson invited the recently graduated Andy Christian too live indefinitely at her home, Banks Head on the Roman Wall. Through her he came to meet and was befriended by numerous contemporary artists and collectors including the Rev. Geoffrey Bennett friend and collector of L. S. Lowry, the sculptors David Nash and Andy Goldsworthy, tapestry weavers Lynne Curran and William Jefferies along with the wildly eccentric composer of the Doctor Who theme music, Delia Derbyshire.

This talk will focus on the textile aspects of the years spent at Banks Head with works from that time to enjoy and share.

Tickets: £8 (concessions £6)

To book go to: www.sitselect.org

This event organised by SIT Select

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Museum & Secret Garden Late
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Museum & Secret Garden Late

We know how it goes ... life is busy, work is busy, its all too easy to miss out on the wonders and curiosities offered by an your local museum, even if its just around the corner. So here’s a chance to visit ‘out of hours’ and enjoy a relaxing look around the displays indoors and the enchanting garden outside. Entry free, teas, coffees, wine and Stroud Brewery beers for sale.

Free event, donations welcome.

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May
17
8:30 PM20:30

Stroud Valleys Project Bat Walk

Encounter Stroud’s many incredible types of bats with a local expert. We will listen for bats using bat detectors and hope to spot some flying too. Bring warm clothes and a torch. The Museum will be open late if you’d to explore its displays or buy a cup of hot chocolate or tea.

Booking essential as numbers are limited – call SVP on 01453 753358

£5 adult, £2 child

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Stroud Shakespeare Festival
May
30
to Jun 2

Stroud Shakespeare Festival

Stroud Shakespeare Festival returns to the Museum in the Park to kick off your summer with a Stroudie kaleidoscope of all things Bill. Theatre, visual arts, craft, music, and children’s workshops (and plenty of “mirth and merriment” in-between) will delight both newcomers to Shakespeare’s work, and those with annotated complete works.

Come along and “fall into our rustic revelry!”

As well as performances from eighteen different companies, there are plenty of activities planned for the four days, including a children’s trail, a dress-up box (not just for kids!), design a poster, and write your own sonnet. Refreshments available, from great local providers such as Grouch Coffee, and The Canteen.

Tickets range from FREE to £10, and are available from stroudshakespearefestival.com

The Tempest * Comedy of Errors * Macbeth *Impromptu Shakespeare * The Wooden Spoon Press * Autolycus! * Twelfth Night * Right Proper Barding * Sorelle Singers *The Shakespeare Heptet * Children’s Workshops * Make a Tudor Rose * and more!

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Late Gallery Opening of ‘Confluence: Interconnectivity and Interdependency'
Apr
17
5:30 PM17:30

Late Gallery Opening of ‘Confluence: Interconnectivity and Interdependency'

Join us for a late gallery opening with a chance to view the exhibition ‘Confluence: Interconnectivity and Interdependency' and meet some of the artists.  Drinks and nibble available. 

Free (donations welcomed)

Please note this event replaces the previously advertised “Artists Talking: ‘Confluence’ Project Discussion & Evening Opening” which has been cancelled.   

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'Being With Nature' Convened by Andy Freedman
Apr
9
2:30 PM14:30

'Being With Nature' Convened by Andy Freedman

Outdoor games and activities for people of all ages designed to connect us more closely with our surroundings and sharpen our senses. Then time to reflect on what we’ve discovered and to look at the creative responses from children earlier in this project.

For adults and accompanied children aged 5+.

(Also on Thursday 4th April 5.45pm - 7.15pm)

£5 (under 16s free). To book call 01453 763394

Walking the Land ‘Confluence’ linked event

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Willow for the Garden – Workshop with Norah Kennedy
Apr
6
10:30 AM10:30

Willow for the Garden – Workshop with Norah Kennedy

Join Norah for an enjoyable day in the Walled Garden, making some willow structures to enhance your garden – a wigman for sweetpeas or beans, a fan shape for climbers against a wall, and perhaps a small hurdle or trellis too. You may event have time to create a decorative dragonfly too. All materials and tea/coffee included, bring a packed lunch.

£45 (£40) Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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‘Landscape, Places and Identity’ Walk & workshop with artists Richard Keating & Rachel McDonnell
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

‘Landscape, Places and Identity’ Walk & workshop with artists Richard Keating & Rachel McDonnell

Explore the role of landscape in forming our identity and providing common ground in divided times.  Walk, talk and draw followed by workshop.  Dress appropriately and bring your own materials. Walk unsuitable for less-able people, young children and dogs.

£25. To book call 01453 763394

A Confluence exhibition linked event

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CANCELLED Please see Tuesday 9th April for the same event 'Being With Nature' Convened by Andy Freedman
Apr
4
5:45 PM17:45

CANCELLED Please see Tuesday 9th April for the same event 'Being With Nature' Convened by Andy Freedman

Outdoor games and activities for people of all ages designed to connect us more closely with our surroundings and sharpen our senses. Then time to reflect on what we’ve discovered and to look at the creative responses from children earlier in this project.

For adults and accompanied children aged 5+.

£5 (under 16s free). To book call 01453 763394

Walking the Land ‘Confluence’ linked event

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Alan Vaughan of Eye Witness Productions Film Screening - MinPins Children’s Choir
Mar
28
2:00 PM14:00

Alan Vaughan of Eye Witness Productions Film Screening - MinPins Children’s Choir

We close our programme with something different – a documentary recording a story from very recent history, that of MinPins Children’s Choir.  Discover the story of this much-loved local choir, from its formation in 2014 to the World Premiere performance of ‘The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me’ at Bath Abbey in 2017. You may have been lucky enough to hear MinPins sing at the Museum, now this is a chance to discover their story.

£5 including refreshments

Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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Stroud Film Festival Evening Event: Anna Cady and Gabriel Galvez-Prado: Animation and Dance
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

Stroud Film Festival Evening Event: Anna Cady and Gabriel Galvez-Prado: Animation and Dance

Creative responses to political and social issues featuring films and Q&A with artist film-maker Anna Cady and dancer Gabriel Galvez Prado.

30% (Women and Politics in Sierra Leone): Oil-painted animation combined with live action reveal the stories of three extraordinary women fighting for fair representation in the governance of Sierra Leone. Selected for Sundance Film Festival - 10 mins

Bitter Pineapples. Experimental film techniques, with dance and documentary footage set in Mexico and England, express the role dance has played for Gabriel in coming to terms with death, abuse, and exile. - 30 mins

Book tickets online at stroudfilmfestival.org.

Advance tickets £6 and £5 concessions, or £7 on the door (limited spaces so advance booking recommended!)

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Stroud Film Festival Event: Halas & Batchelor Shorts on a Loop
Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

Stroud Film Festival Event: Halas & Batchelor Shorts on a Loop

Back again by popular demand! If you’ve yet to discover the innovative, humorous and subversively entertaining work of “the British Disney”, you are in for a treat.  Visit our pop up cartoon café and enjoy some beautifully crafted, technically brilliant and wonderfully inventive short animated films from the award winning studio which was based in Stroud for many years. All welcome, just call in for ten minutes or stay for an hour or more. There will even be tea and cake!

www.stroudfilmfestival.co.uk

Free drop-in, donations welcome.

Image © Tracy Spiers

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Art History Lecture with Paul Chapman: ‘West meets East’ Japanese Woodcuts & Western Art
Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Art History Lecture with Paul Chapman: ‘West meets East’ Japanese Woodcuts & Western Art

This talk will introduce us to the influence that Japanese prints had on Western Artists. The bold use of colour combined with the strong yet elegant line, cropped compositions and dramatic perspectives all served to influence and inform the works of many artists working across Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

£7 (£5 MiP Friends & concs) Booking necessary - call 01453 763394.

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‘Life in a Cotswold Romano-British Villa’ - Cherry Hubbard
Mar
14
2:00 PM14:00

‘Life in a Cotswold Romano-British Villa’ - Cherry Hubbard

Step far back in time to visit the homes of the wealthy Romano Britons, who appear to have enjoyed a comfortable life in their sumptuous villas. Cherry will look at how they spent their days in their silks and furs and ask, what did they consider luxury and who owned these lavish villas?

£5 including refreshments

Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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‘Slow Printmaking’ Workshop with Arthur Penn
Mar
10
10:30 AM10:30

‘Slow Printmaking’ Workshop with Arthur Penn

We’ll be taking inspiration from the Japanese woodcuts in the current exhibition and the Winter landscapes of the ‘secret garden’ and surrounding parkland for relief printmaking using lino and a traditional Japanese technique of hand-burnishing. All materials and tea or coffee included, bring a packed lunch.

£30 (£25 concs) Booking necessary – call 01453 763394.

Image © Arthur Penn

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‘Sounds for a Small Space’ - Experimental Music Evening
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

‘Sounds for a Small Space’ - Experimental Music Evening

The first evening in the 2019 series: experience surprising sounds and live performances of electronic, electroacoustic and ambient music made with a combination of modern, traditional and unusual instruments. Venue: the Walled Garden Pavilion.

www.soundsforasmallspace.org

Doors and foyer bar open at 7.30pm, event starts at 8pm.

£5 on the door

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The Poet’s Voice – Poetry Performance Workshop with Eleanor Holliday
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

The Poet’s Voice – Poetry Performance Workshop with Eleanor Holliday

Discover your Poet’s Voice with Eleanor Holliday, Theatre Practitioner and Voice Coach. Participants will look at articulation, unity of sound and content, power in the voice and stage presence. Please bring a poem or two to work with, preferably your own material. 

£30 (£25 concs)

Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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An Introduction to Cosmology: WEA Day School with Greg Morter
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

An Introduction to Cosmology: WEA Day School with Greg Morter

During the last century cosmologists came to the seemingly bizarre conclusion that the Universe began in a ‘Big Bang’ 13.8 billion years ago. We will discover what drove them to this idea, and how it built upon the 500 years of experiment and discovery sparked into life by thinkers such as Copernicus and Galileo.

For further details and to book your place:

enrolonline.wea.org.uk or call 0300 303 3464

£25  Course ID: C3530226

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‘Finding Focus Exhibition’ in the Walled Garden Pavilion
Mar
2
to Mar 3

‘Finding Focus Exhibition’ in the Walled Garden Pavilion

A 'mindful photography' exhibition showing work of participants from four 6-week courses held at the Museum, run by arts and health charity Artlift, in collaboration with Stroud-based photographer Ruth Davey from Look Again. Programme supported by the National Lottery.

  • Exhibition opening & meet the artists 2pm - 4pm on Friday 1 March

  • Free mindful photography taster workshop 2pm - 3pm on Saturday 2 March (booking required – call the Museum on 01453 763394)

www.look-again.org

artlift.org

Admission free, donations welcome.

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A Pioneering Enterprise - The Giant Snowdrop Company at Hyde
Feb
28
2:00 PM14:00

A Pioneering Enterprise - The Giant Snowdrop Company at Hyde

Snowdrops – known botanically as Galanthus – came of horticultural age between 1854–2014. This talk by Jane Kilpatrick and Jennifer Harmer is based on a new book ‘ The Galanthophiles’, and focuses on The Giant Snowdrop Company of Hyde and the story of the people who sought out, cherished, and shared these deceptively fragile white flowers. Keep an eye on the Walled Garden during January and February and watch as some special, and very beautiful, varieties emerge.

Sorry , this event is now SOLD OUT

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