Early Spring Highlights
Early spring events in Cheltenham
The Order of Things exhibition at The Wilson - Daily until 5th March - FREE
The Order of Things examines the position of abstract art in our current world and how it relates to the human condition. It explores how artists have employed this approach to cross boundaries between art and science, engage with social and political issues and celebrate the material nature of the world in an age dominated by digital media.
The exhibition is curated by Andrew Bick, Jonathan Parsons and Katie Pratt and includes their work alongside ten other international artists.
Organised in partnership with Practice as Research at The University of Gloucestershire.
Discover Cheltenham on a Town Trail
Want to know more about our town? Come into the Tourist Office in The Wilson, Cheltenham’s Art Gallery and Museum on Clarence Street and buy your copy for only £1.50. This will tell you about Cheltenham’s history and heritage, culture and entertainment, the colourful parks and gardens, shopping districts and more. Two town trails are included to help you get the most from your visit, and for country lovers there are details of a walk up Leckhampton Hill to get amazing views across the Severn Vale.
Snowdrop Tours - Colesbourne Park
A private weekday visit to the snowdrops at Colesbourne Park makes an ideal winter excursion for your gardening club, society or group of friends.
We offer exclusive tours for groups on weekdays during February. Tours are guided by Sir Henry Elwes or Lady Elwes and Head Gardener Christopher Horsfall and give a uniquely personal look at the snowdrop collection and the gardens. Tours start at 11am or 2 pm.
The tour includes a short presentation that includes the history of Colesbourne Park and the Elwes family and a brief introduction to the amazing diversity of snowdrops. This is followed by a guided walk around the grounds, giving the opportunity to see both the massed plantings and the collection of rare snowdrops. Coffee & tea with cake or biscuits is served on arrival or departure. Plants are on sale.
The minimum group size is 20, maximum 50. Groups may visit by coach or in private cars, with good parking available. The cost is £12.50 per visitor, including refreshments, introductory talk, and guided tour.
As tours are popular early booking is advised. Please contact the Estate Secretary on 01242 870264 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements and available dates.
Arts and Crafts Movement Tours
Why not join our experience guide Dave Walton for a tour of our Nationally Designated collection of Arts and Crafts furniture, ceramics, metal-work, textiles, paintings, silver, jewellery and more at The Wilson?
You will hear about the movement itself and the designers, makers, owners etc; including William Morrris, C F A Voysey, M H Baillie Scott, as well as C R Ashbee, Gordon Russell, and Ernest Gimson and the brothers Ernest & Sidney Barnsley who all had connections with the Cotswolds.
Some pieces will be opened for those taking the tour. Dave aims to make the tour an enjoyable experience as well as being informative.
Tours take place weekly starting at 2pm on either Thursdays or Saturdays and last for about 1 hour. Tickets can be booked in advance or on the day at a cost of £5.
The Holst Birthplace Museum - Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
The Museum is a memorial to Holst, one of England’s most respected composers, best known for his work The Planets. It is one of only two composer birthplace museums in the country.
The house was built in 1832 and is typical of the many smaller Regency terraced houses built in Cheltenham at that time. Gustav Holst was born here on 21st September 1874 and lived here until 1882, shortly after his mother died. He died in London on 25th May 1934.
Visitors will learn more of Holst’s life, his music, his family and friendships, whilst being reminded of domestic life at the end of the 19th Century.
Music for Youth Regional Festival 2017 - Cheltenham Town Hall - FREE
Over 1000 young players in over 40 ensembles and choirs will perform in the 2017 Music for Youth Cheltenham Regional Festival on 4th and 5th March. The young musicians come from Gloucestershire and beyond and will be hoping to perform well enough to be invited to the National Festival in July held at the impressive Symphony Hall in Birmingham.
An uplifting weekend of music making from some of the finest young musicians in the area. Come and support the next generation of musicians.
Anita and Me - The Everyman Theatre
The Touring Consortium Theatre Company presents a Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company production from 28th February to 4th March. Meera Syal’s much-loved novel bursts into life on a UK tour after a sell-out run at Birmingham Rep and Stratford East in 2015.
This poignant coming-of-age tale follows Meena, a young girl growing up in the only Punjabi family in a 1970s Black Country mining village. Meena spends her days happily getting into scrapes with the other local children until one day the impossibly cool Anita enters her life. Suddenly Meena knows exactly who she wants to be but is Anita all that she seems? Soon Meena’s world is turned upside down as she is caught between two very different cultures.
Anita And Me paints a comic, poignant, compassionate and colourful portrait of village life in the era of flares, power cuts, glam rock, decimalisation and Ted Heath. It has been adapted for the stage by the multi-award-winning Tanika Gupta from the bestseling book by Meera Syal. Meera is an acclaimed comedian, actress and writer whose TV credits include the BBC comedy series Goodness, Gracious Me and The Kumars at No. 42.
Hazel O’Connor 2017 - The Tithe Barn
Two separate sets followed by a meet and greet with Hazel and her band on 5th March.
Award-winning actress and singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor teams up with legendary performers – saxophonist Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. The superb blend of the three voices and musicianship adds a touch of class to their vibrant performance.
The Russian Evolution 2017 - The Paragon Gallery
We are delighted to announce our fourth annual exhibition of original paintings by some of Russia's most acclaimed artists. Featured artists include our popular resident artists, Iryna Yermolova, Katya Gridneva, Alexei Basanov, Olga Oreshnikov, Boris Anikin and Sergej Ovcharuk. We will also be exhibiting a selection of work by guest artists; Alexei Kvaratskheliya, Andrei Smirnov, Armen Gasparain, Kirill Gorodetsky, Nikolai Reznichenko, Oleg Eldeukov, Olga Gasparain, Revaz Kvaratskheliya and Valeriy Gridnev.
In the last decade, modern Russian painting has grown enormously in popularity in the West and in Britain in particular. Once highly idiosyncratic, Russian art has evolved, becoming more attuned to Western tastes whilst retaining some of its characteristic features. This will be an exciting show of very different art, including landscapes, still life, abstract and some very sensuous nudes. From 24th February to 11th March (closed on a Sunday).
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition - Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will once again be unveiled at Nature in Art on Tuesday 17 January 2017, providing an awe-inspiring collection of images which is set to appeal to art enthusiasts and naturalists alike.
An incredible collection of plants, animals and landscapes taken from across the globe are all captured in this photographic exhibition of the world’s most natural moments, represented by winning and commended entries from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – on loan from the Natural History Museum in London.
For the largest and most prestigious event of its kind, now in its 52nd year, the international jury of experts spent months scrutinising almost 50,000 entries from 95 countries, for creative, artistic and technically complex images that reflect nature’s beauty, diversity and fragility.
Running until Sunday 12 March 2017, the exhibition promises to showcase the intrigue and beauty of our planet through the lens of wildlife photography, offering a glimpse of the natural world never seen before and providing even more reason to visit Nature in Art in 2017.