Holburne Museum

Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney Street
Bath
Somerset
BA2 4DB
England

Website

www.holburne.org

E-mail

holburne@bath.ac.uk

Telephone

01225 388569

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

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.

Admission charges

Permanent collection free of charge.
Charge for temporary exhibitions.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Turner: Watercolours from the West

  • 10 January — 8 March 2015 *on now

This exhibition brings together watercolours by JMW Turner from five important art collections: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the Holburne Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, The Wilson in Cheltenham and a private collection in Somerset.

Early works from 1791 to 1793, when Turner spent time in Bristol, are contrasted with later landscapes from the artist's travels round Britain and the Continent.

Sponsored by Arts Council England - Frameworks Project

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.holburne.org/turner-watercolours-from-the-west/

Gwen John to Lucian Freud

  • 28 February — 7 June 2015 *on now

Gwen John to Lucian Freud: Home and the World Dexter Dalwood selects from the Swindon Collection.The Holburne Museum presents 32 Modern British art works specially selected by contemporary artist Dexter Dalwood. Linked by the theme of ‘Home and The World’, this exhibition juxtaposes a confident sense of national identity with a yearning for exploration.Varied artistic approaches reveal the changing landscape of twentieth-century art: the boldness of Vanessa Bell, the introversion of Gwen John, the gravitas of Duncan Grant, the Pop Art invention of Richard Hamilton and the intensity of Lucian Freud.

Suitable for

Admission

£6.95 / £5.50 Concessions (Under 16 FREE)

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/gwen-john-to-lucian-freud/?instance_id=6722

The Observer Observed: A Portrait of Don McCullin

  • 14 March — 7 June 2015

This spring the Holburne unveils its latest painting by a winner of the Holburne Portrait Prize, Charlotte Sorapure. Her subject is the renowned photographer Don McCullin CBE, who is celebrating his 80th Birthday this year. Her compelling portrait will be displayed in the Wirth Gallery alongside some of McCullin’s own melancholy landscape images, and a new photographic portrait of Sorapure herself.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/the-observer-observed/?instance_id=6721

Nicholas Rena: After Matisse

  • 21 March — 17 May 2015

Nicholas Rena has created an installation of entirely new work for the Holburne’s Ballroom table, a series of monumental bowls. Orderly yet vigorous, these colourful vessels are painted and waxed to a flawless finish. The compelling sculptural forms evoke both the ceramics of Lucie Rie and still-lifes by Matisse.

Playing on the Ballroom setting, ‘with its astonishing quality of light and its rich historical resonances,’ Rena’s work explores the colours and tones of the European tradition from maiolica to painting.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/nicholas-rena-after-matisse/?instance_id=6714

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Modern British Art in Context

  • 7 March 2015 7-8:30pm

Join Turner Prize nominated artist Dexter Dalwood (Professor at Bath Spa University), art history luminary John-Paul Stonard (co-curator of the 2014 Tate Britain exhibition Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation) and international curator and published author Jennifer Scott (Director of the Holburne) for an evening of debate and discussion in the Garden Café in response to the Holburne’s exhibition Gwen John to Lucian Freud: Home and the World.

This debate aims to put Modern British art in context, both historically and artistically, trace its wider influences from Europe and America and ask why it is relevant today.

Suitable for

Admission

£8

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/modern-british-art-in-context/?instance_id=6673

Drawn to Life: Saied Dai

  • 21 March 2015 10am-5pm

An intensive drawing class for those looking to establish a firm and intelligent foundation for a lifetime of creative practice. Please bring A2 size cartridge paper pad, a selection of pencils and charcoal or Conte crayons, eraser, ruler and any other basic drawing instruments of choice.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Saied Dai is a figurative artist living and working in Bath. He has had many solo exhibitions in London, the UK and abroad and is an elected member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the New English Art Club. Saied is an experienced teacher who has taught at a number of art schools, notably, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Prince of Wales School of Architecture.

Suitable for

Admission

£40 / £35

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/drawn-to-life-said-dai/?instance_id=6712

The Iron Necklace: Giles Waterfield

  • 9 April 2015 7-8:30pm

Celebrating the release of his newest novel, Giles Waterfield introduces his sweeping historical tale of love and courage amid the chaos of the First World War, depicting two families united by marriage but torn apart by conflict.

Giles Waterfield’s reputation precedes him: award-winning writer, celebrated curator, Director of Royal Collection Studies, Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art and former Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery. His lectures are notorious for their lively wit and mischievous insights!

Suitable for

Admission

£10 / £8

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/the-iron-necklace-giles-waterfield/?instance_id=6675

Departure Points

  • 11 April 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

This creative writing workshop is about finding echoes in art that lead us on exciting journeys of the imagination. Inspired by some of Britain’s best known modern artists in our current exhibition, we will look at themes of ‘home’ and ‘the world’ and allow images of the sea to stimulate creative writing. Bring along any object that means ‘escape’ to you, e.g. a letter, shell, compass.

Jenny Lewis originally trained as a painter at the Ruskin School of Art. She has published three collections of poetry and her plays and poetry cycles have been performed at theatres across the UK. She teaches poetry at Oxford University.

Suitable for

Admission

£40 / £35

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/departure-points/?instance_id=6668

Going Modern and Being British

  • 20 April 2015 3-4pm

Learn about a century of British art through one of the region’s ‘hidden gem’ collections. This introduction to the Swindon Collection of Modern British art shares key moments, important figures and fascinating titbits about its development and importance.

Sophie Cummings MA is the Curator of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Suitable for

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/going-modern-and-being-british/?instance_id=6691

Richard III: Alison Weir

  • 12 May 2015 7-8:30pm

Alison Weir is a best-selling historian and has sold over 2.7million books worldwide. She has published sixteen history books, including The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Princes in the Tower, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and The Lady in the Tower. Alison has also published four historical novels, including Innocent Traitor and The Lady Elizabeth. Her latest biography is Elizabeth of York (2013), and her fifth novel, The Marriage Game, was published in June 2014.

The recent discovery of King Richard III’s bones has prompted huge public interest and Shakespeare’s powerful portrayal of him has had an enormous impact on our perceptions of his character. Shakespeare drew on historical sources to depict Richard III’s Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign, from 1483 to 1485, portraying him as a sinister, bloody tyrant, a monstrous being, but have these resources been deliberately distorted and misinterpreted for dramatic affect? Alison Weir’s rigorous research shows that the truth is stranger – and far more complex – than the fiction.

Suitable for

Admission

£10 / £8

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/richard-iii-alison-weir/?instance_id=6701

Artists in Context: Romanelli

  • 18 May 2015 3-4pm

In the first talk in a new Artist in Context series, Senior Curator, Amina Wright will introduce little-known Roman artist and designer Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (1610-1662) in the context of his times.

Sir William Holburne believed his jewel-like painting of The Entombment to be by the renowned Bolognese master Guido Reni (1575-1642) but in 1962 it was recognised it as an early work by Romanelli. While working alongside the Roman Baroque masters Pietro da Cortona and Bernini, discover how Romanelli developed his own distinctive style and how, after moving to Paris, he adapted to the extravagant tastes of the French Court.

Suitable for

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/artists-in-context-romanelli/?instance_id=6694

Writing the Museum

  • 30 May 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

Unleash your inner Hilary Mantel and try your hand at writing historical fiction. From a Roman ring to the Duke of Monmouth’s silver spur, from a Chinese plate to a portrait of a lady, you will find yourself surrounded by the building blocks of a story inspired by objects in the Museum. Try anything from a short story to a piece of ‘flash’ fiction or the bones of a novel. We will discuss techniques and methods of research.

Jean Burnett writes historical novels and short stories. Her first novel The Bad Miss Bennet, described the further adventures of Lydia Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and a sequel was published at the end of 2014. She is currently completing a novel about the 16th century composer Gesualdo.

Suitable for

Admission

£40 / £35

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/writing-the-museum/?instance_id=6670

I am Art in Bath: Trevor Fishlock

  • 8 June 2015 3-4pm

Hugh Blaker, ‘art connoisseur and collector’ was curator of the Holburne Museum from 1905 – 1913 and adviser to the Davies sisters of Llandinam. Whilst referencing his latest book, A Gift of Sunlight, Trevor Fishlock reveals a story of art, love and money, and the tale of the shy and fabulously wealthy Davies sisters who pluckily went to war in 1916, poured their fortune into charity and education and created a pioneering and magical trove of Impressionist paintings.

Trevor Fishlock is an author, broadcaster and foreign correspondent. He has worked in more than seventy countries and was staff correspondent of The Times in India and New York, and Moscow bureau chief for The Daily Telegraph.

Suitable for

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/i-am-art-in-bath/?instance_id=6700

Unbuilt Britain: Olivia Horsfall Turner

  • 11 June 2015 7-8:30pm

Lecturing on the subject of her acclaimed BBC 4 series Olivia Horsfall Turner explores the fact that for every building and city plan that has been constructed there exists a multitude of might-have-beens
alternative schemes that were proposed – and in many cases even approved – but which ultimately never came to fruition. This talk will expose how these unbuilt projects offer fascinating insights into the needs, aspirations, politics and practicalities of previous generations from the seventeenth century to the present day.

Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner is an historian, writer and broadcaster who is Curator of Designs at the V&A and Lead Curator for the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership. She presented the BBC 4 series Unbuilt Britain.

Suitable for

Admission

£10 / £8

Website

http://www.holburne.org/events/unbuilt-britain-olivia-horsfall-turner/?instance_id=6699

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Art Club

http://www.bath.ac.uk/holburne/learning/art-club.html

Take part in The Holburne Museum of Art's Saturday morning workshops for children aged 7-11 years. Sessions run 10.30-12.30 or 13.00-15.00. Each month's art and craft activities take a seasonal theme to explore a rull range of art mediums.

How to obtain

Booking is essential. Contact Sue Puntis on 01225 820829 or s.puntis@bath.ac.uk. Each session is £7.50.

Toddlealongs

http://www.bath.ac.uk/holburne/learning/toddlealongs.html

Creative workshops once a fortnight for pre-school children and their adult to explore singing, storytelling, making things and being together. Babies welcome but one-to-one experience essential, so other siblings must be looked after elsewhere. Sessions take place on Mondays and Fridays alternately, with one session every fortnight at 10.30-12.00 or 13.00-14.30. Check the website for a comprehensive calendar of Toddlealong events.

How to obtain

Booking in advance is essential and can be done by contacting Sue Puntis on s.puntis@bath.ac.uk or calling 01225 820829.

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