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Your guide to the events, exhibitions and activities going on at the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and museum this summer.


  • exhibitions & eventsApril September 2011




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  • Grace Newman, A force to be reckoned with, acrylic ink on x-ray print and lightbox, displayed in OPEN 2009


    OPEN 201121 April 12 June

    Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museums biennial OPEN exhibition will feature selected work by artists based in the West Midlands. A distinguished panel of judges will select from a wide range of work including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital media and craft. There will be one overall prize winner and a Peoples Choice Award. All exhibited works will be for sale.

    If you are interested in submitting a work for the OPEN 2011, please collect an entry form from the art gallery desk or telephone 01926 742700. Submission date Thursday 14 April, 1.30 7.30pm.


    detail from Lynsey Cleavers reconstruction painting showing Robert dudley visiting Warwick in 1571


    The central figure in the exhibition will be Robert dudley (1532 1588), earl of Leicester, the ambitious and flamboyant favourite of Queen elizabeth I. Feared and envied by contemporaries, it was rumoured that he ordered the murder of his first wife, Amy Robsart.

    Major events featured in the exhibition include the visits of the queen to Warwick Castle in 1572 and to Kenilworth Castle in 1575. Both visits were celebrated with lavish entertainments, particularly the 19 days of Princelye Pleasures at Kenilworth, which involved water pageants, fireworks, plays, dancing and sports.

    Robert dudley left a lasting imprint on Warwickshire. Kenilworth Castle was extensively refurbished by him. The home for military veterans he founded in Warwick still survives as Lord Leycesters Hospital. He has also flourished as a character in fiction, beginning with Sir Walter Scotts novel Kenilworth and continuing today in historical novels and dramas.

    The exhibition will showcase the dudley heritage of Warwickshire, with displays of paintings, prints and objects drawn from local collections.


    Life drawing classes for adultsThursdays 7 April 12 May, 5.30 7.30pm

    This six week CRAFT STUDIO series offers you the opportunity to enjoy untutored drawing sessions with a life model. Bring your own drawing equipment.

    25 for 6 sessions. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking.

    SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW...Lunchtime TalkFriday 15 April, 1pm To celebrate the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, Curatorial Officer Vicki Slade will present a special wedding themed Friday Focus talk. Find out about the history of wedding traditions, from the origins of the white dress to the significance of broomsticks! This event is part of our regular Friday Focus programme.

    Free, no need to book Victorian wedding photograph


    OPEN 2011 AWARDS CEREMONY Thursday 5 May, 6 - 7.30pm, speeches at 7pm

    Join us for the presentation of the OPEN 2011 Award. Find out which artwork the independent selection panel has chosen for this prestigious award.

    Free, no need to book

    LAUNCH OF POSTCARTFriday 6 May, 1 1.30pm Join us for the launch of our PostCart touch screen game. Artist Grard Mermoz will introduce the artwork he created for this digital device.

    Free, no need to book

    Silk Painting for Adults Saturday 7 May, 11am 4pm

    Learn basic silk painting techniques and ways to explore pattern and colour. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own unique style.

    10 per person. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking.


    OPEN 2011Peoples Choice Award CeremonyFriday 3 June, 1 1.30pm

    What is your favourite exhibit in the OPEN 2011?You can vote until Sunday 29 May for your best-loved artwork.

    Join us for a presentation of the Peoples Choice Award and find out which artwork received the highest number of public votes. This 30 minute event is part of our regular Friday Focus programme.

    Free, no need to book

    Felt Making Workshop for Adults Saturday 4 June, 11am - 4pm develop your felt making skills and experiment with decorative techniques to make an attractive wall hanging or vessel.

    10 per person. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking.

    Terry Webster, Raven in Winklepickers, winner of the Peoples Choice Award in 2009

  • LORD LEICESTERS WARWICKSHIREFamily Open DaySaturday 25 June, 12noon 3pm

    Join in a day of Tudor family fun inspired by the Lord Leicesters Warwickshire exhibition. Join in arts activities and let Tudor inspired musicians and dancers entertain the whole family.

    Free, drop in and join in

    LORD LEICESTERS WARWICKSHIRE Lunchtime TalkFriday 1 July, 1 1.30pm

    Join Jeff Watkin, Heritage & Arts Manager, for an introduction to the Lord Leicesters Warwickshire exhibition. This 30-minute event is part of our regular Friday Focus programme.Free, no need to book

    Printmaking Workshop for Adults Saturday 3 September, 11am - 4pm

    experiment with mono printing and try out new ideas. Create a selection of prints and attach them together into your own book.10 per person. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking.


    Robert and Lettice dudleys tomb in the Beauchamp Chapel, St Marys Church, Warwick


    HERITAGE OPEN DAYSFriday 9 September, 1pm

    Take a guided tour of the Royal Pump Rooms. Find out about the buildings vibrant history and discover what goes on behind the scenes.

    Free, no need to book

    LORD LEICESTERS WARWICKSHIREElizabethan Drama Summer School

    Swords, daggers and men in tights! Take part in our elizabethan drama summer school. In the classes participants will develop and stage their own play inspired by the magical Princelye Pleasures and A Midsummer Nights Dream. Please see our website www.warwickdc.gov.uk/wdc/royalpumprooms or call 01926 742700 for further information.

    Recommended for ages 12 16 years.Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking.

    Black and white photograph of the marble corridor inside the Royal Pump Rooms, by Walden Hammond

    Queen elizabeth I meeting Amy Robsart

  • FRIDAY FOCUSFridays at 1pm

    Learn something new in your lunch break! Friday Focus lunchtime talks cover a wide range of topics. Come and discover some of the fascinating facts and stories behind our exhibits. The talks are informal and last about 15 minutes.


    Local personalities are regularly asked by the Art Gallery & Museum to choose their favourite exhibit. The participants talk about the exhibit and why they selected it during a special Friday Focus.

    Please visit: www.warwickdc.gov.uk/wdc/royalpumprooms for up-to-date programmes of all our events and workshops.


  • ART GALLeRY & MuSeuM

    detail of last years winning artwork

    Thursday 2 June, 2 4pm

    Have a look at and draw the different patterns in the Art Gallery & Museum. Transform your findings into fabulous hanging mobiles for your window. Art Club sessions last 30 minutes; starting at 2, 2.45 and 3.30pm. Free, drop in and join in. Recommended for ages 6 12 years.

    Saturday 23 July, 12noon 2pm

    Come and listen to stories about Tudor legends in Warwickshire. This storytelling event celebrates culture in the run up to the London Olympics 2012. Free, drop in and join in. Suitable for the whole family.

    Saturday 6 August, 11am -3pmPrizes announced 3.30pm

    Create your own masterpiece using the Lord Leicesters Warwickshire exhibition as inspiration. Open to children in three categories, 6 years and under, 7 - 10 and 11 - 15. everyone who takes part will receive a small prize!Free, drop in and join in. Recommended for ages 6 15 years.This event is supported by the Friends of Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum.

  • ART GALLeRY & MuSeuM

    Thursday 4, 11, 18, 25 August, 2 4pm

    Get creative in the summer holidays and be inspired by the Lord Leicesters Warwickshire exhibition. Our Summer Art Club offers families the chance to try out different activities every week. Art Club sessions last 30 minutes; they start at 2, 2.45 and 3.30pm.Free, drop in and join in. Recommended for ages 6 12 years.

    Saturday 20 August, 11am 4pm

    Learn about the Tudors and their use of pots. experiment with air drying clay and create your very own Tudor pot.6 per person. Recommended for ages 6 12 years.

    This summer the sessions will be inspired by the Lord Leicesters Warwickshire exhibition.Free, just drop in

  • ART GALLeRY & MuSeuM

    Most family events are free and are delivered on a drop in basis. There is no need to book but at busy times you may be asked to wait. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

    Lively Arty Tots sessions will run at the Art Gallery & Museum between 11am 12noon, on every first Wednesday of each month. Included will be play and simple art activities for under 5s and their carers. Free, drop in and join in.

    Last Saturday of each month, 1 - 3pmJoin us for family art and craft sessions in