This jewel in Bath's crown was once the Georgian Sydney Hotel, whose glittering society Jane Austen watched from her house opposite. It displays the treasures collected by Sir William Holburne: superb English and continental silver, porcelain, maiolica, glass and Renaissance bronzes.
The Picture Gallery contains works by Turner, Guardi, Stubbs and others plus portraits of Bath society by Thomas Gainsborough.
We are open free of charge every day. Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm. Closed 24 to 26 December and 1 January.
Permanent collection free of charge.
Charge for temporary exhibitions.
Tapestry: Here & Now
- 23 June — 1 October 2017 *on now
Tapestry: Here & Now celebrates the vibrancy of tapestry-weaving today. The exhibition brings together the work of international makers to showcase the most innovative approaches to the art of contemporary tapestry.
Alongside British tapestry weavers, the exhibition features artists from Australia, Norway, Latvia, Japan and the USA with over 20 artists represented, including Erin Riley, Caron Penney, Ai Ito, Jilly Edwards, Yasuko Fujino and Fiona Rutherford. Their work explores themes of enduring relevance including how we respond to nature and the urban environment, how tapestry can tell personal and political stories, and the skill of the hand-made.
The Holburne’s ‘Arts’ tapestry (1934-5) by Edward McKnight Kauffer will also be on show for the first time.
Here & Now was curated by the National Centre for Craft & Design in partnership with Lesley Millar, Professor of Textile Culture and Director of the International Textile Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts.
- Family friendly
£10/£9 concs/ Free to all Museum Members
In Conversation Deirdre, Lady Dyson and Adrian Tinniswood
- 30 June 2017 7-8pm
Join artist and carpet designer Deirdre Dyson In Conversation with Adrian Tinniswood and discover the inspirations behind her magnificent carpets, and the processes involved in translating her painted designs into woven form.The evening will reveal how an engagement with the natural world, materials and techniques, in addition to long-standing relationships with Nepalese communities, combine to produce carpets of exceptional quality and content.
Lady Dyson trained at the Byam Shaw School of Fine Art for two years in fine art and Wimbledon College of Art for the three year diploma in graphics and illustration, and is a practising fine artist and carpet designer. Adrian Tinniswood is an author, historian, lecturer and broadcaster and a Trustee of the Holburne Museum.
This talk is part of the programme that supports our main exhibtion Tapestry: Here and Now.
£10/ Free to Contemporary members (includes entry to Tapestry: Here & Now)
- 6 July 2017 7:30-8:30am
This summer, Richard Frewer and David Price are to perform Schubert’s last collection of songs, published after his death. Schwanengesang consists of thirteen songs: six by Ludwig Rellstab, six by Heinrich Heine and one by Johann Seidl. There may be no narrative coherence to the set but musically they hold together and they are some of Schubert’s most expressive, dramatic and recognisable songs.
Richard Frewer sings for the joy and challenge of it. Throughout his career as architect and university chair professor, he has maintained a considerable reputation as a concert singer. He has been awarded the Philharmonia Orchestra’s prestigeous Martin Scholarship, and taken part in Elisabeth Schwarzkopf’s masterclasses in London and Hanover. David Price was the director of music at Dauntsey’s School and has been conductor of the Trowbridge and Bath Symphony Orchestras and musical director of a number of West Country opera companies.
- Family friendly
Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
- 15 July 2017 10:15am-4:15pm
In this exciting and lively one day tapestry weaving workshop with master weaver Caron Penney, students will investigate basic weaving techniques suitable for beginners including hatching and colour blending - the foundations to tapestry. By the end of the workshop students will have completed one sample. The group will work on pre-warped frames provided by the tutor, a stock of wools will be available and all equipment can be borrowed. Students should bring a notebook and pen.
Caron Penney is an artist-weaver who has been making tapestry for over twenty years both as a master weaver for artists including Tracey Emin, Gillian Ayres and Martin Creed, and also independently creating work for exhibition. She is a member of the Contemporary Applied Arts and the 62 Group of Textile Artists.
£50 (with £4 materials charge payable directly to tutor on the day. Includes entry to Tapestry: Here and Now)
Creative Process and Progress
- 25 August 2017 7-8pm
Artist Candace Bahouth, designer at the iconic Erhman Tapestries for over 25 years presents a lively, illustrated lecture exploring the development of her work over her career. Candace will describe how a love of woven tapestry inspired her own strikingly original hand-woven designs, bold both in subject matter and colour palette, before she moved into translating her ideas into needlepoint as a designer for Erhman Tapestries. Candace will reflect on the differences and similarities of woven tapestry and needlepoint, and what her latest artistic development into mosaics has in common with both these textile art forms.
A number of Candace Bahouth’s woven tapestries belong in the V&A’s collection, and she has exhibited in numerous shows , in London and nationally, including a solo show at the American Museum and has her second show with Kaffe Fassett at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, in May 2018.
£10 (includes entry to Tapestry: Here and Now between 6-7pm on the night). Café open 6-7pm
Symposium: Tapestries - the narrative of our times?
- 29 September 2017 10:30am-4:30pm
To celebrate Tapestry: Here & Now, the Holburne is delighted to bring together a distinguished panel of international speakers, many of them exhibiting artists. The symposium will explore the relevance of tapestry as a means of conveying the narrative of our times. Providing perspectives from around the globe, speakers will explore how this art form can spark conversations and inspire reflection about our experiences and the world around us.
Speakers will include Yasuko Fujino (Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan); Valerie Kirk (Australian National University, Australia); and Pat Taylor (previously Director at West Dean Tapestry Studio, UK). The event will be chaired by Professor Lesley Millar, the curator of Tapestry: Here & Now. For more details, please visit the website.
£25/£10 students (includes entry to Tapestry: Here & Now. Lunch not included)
Time for Texture
- 30 September 2017 10:30am-4:30pm
A rare opportunity to learn and enjoy a tapestry workshop in the UK from Scottish born, now Australia-based, tapestry weaver Valerie Kirk, whose stunning work features in Tapestry: Here & Now. Learn the techniques of knotting, wrapping, cut and loop pile, weaving on additional warps to create textured tapestry. Experiment with a variety of materials, colour and surface quality.
Valerie Kirk studied at Edinburgh College of Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London and Wollongong University, Australia. She has exhibited extensively and worked as a tapestry weaver at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, on community tapestry projects and residencies.
- Small pair of scissors
- Tapestry frame measuring approx. 40x60cm (minimum size 30x40cm)
- Bobbins if you have them (some can be borrowed or bought from the tutor at a cost of £5 per wooden bobbin, and £10 per brass bobbin)
- Any yarns you may have – wool, sisal, cotton, jute etc – although the tutor will also provide a variety.
- You can bring a G-clamp to secure your frame to a table (otherwise it will rest in your lap).
£50 (plus £4 materials charge payable to the tutor on the day. Includes entry to Tapestry: Here and Now)
The Musician/Astronomer and his Friends: The Private Music of Herschel, Linley, Jackson and others in Bath in the 1760s and ‘70s.
- 12 October 2017 7:30-9pm
Sara Stowe (Harpsichord and Fortepiano)
Ibi Azziz (Cello and Viola da Gamba)
Simon Koderand (Violin)
Matthew Spring (Guitars)
Bath Spa graduate students (Singers)
This concert explores the elegies, sonatas, songs and solos heard at the more intimate concerts in Bath around 1770. Along with Herschel, Linley and Jackson we include songs and instrumental music by other composers from Bath (Chilcot, Brooks and Milgrove), some of them Herschel’s close friends.
- Family friendly
£12/£8 for students
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