Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum
Award winning Art Gallery and Museum with services on offer including: Fine Art Collection, Exhibition on the History of Royal Leamington Spa, Cabinet of Curiosities - A Gallery of Interactive Exhibits, Hammam - restored Victorian Turkish Baths Room, Changing Programme of Visual Arts, History and Local Interest Exhibitions and Events, Educational Parties by Arrangement.
Tues - Sat 1030-1700
Closed: Mon, except Bank Hols
The facilities at the Royal Pump Rooms also include a Cafe, Library, Tourist Information Centre and multi-purpose Assembly Rooms. Baby-changing facilities available.
Fine Arts including 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish, 19th and 20th century British artists, local artists, sculpture, ceramics and glassware, social history collections especially 18th to 20th century Leamington Spa and various ethnographical collections.
Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Medicine, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Recent acquisitions include works of art by Mark Quinn, Mark Francis and Catherine Yass. Other key artists in the collection include Stanley Spencer, L.S. Lowry, Gillian Wearing, Vanessa Bell, Patrick Caulfield, Sir Terry Frost, Walter Sickert and Graham Sutherland.
A Leamington Musical Meteor: The Life of William Denis Browne (1888-1915)
- 3 March — 10 May 2015 *on now
The exhibition, which was organised by Browne’s great-nephew Nick Peacey for the Gallipoli Music Memorial 2015 project, brings together family archive material alongside compositions by Browne, to celebrate his career. It will explore his early life in Leamington, his musical calling and his experience of war as part of the Royal Naval Division that fought in Belgium and Turkey. The exhibition will also look at the 29th Division, which was billeted in Warwickshire and north Oxfordshire in early 1915, before embarking for Gallipoli. The final section of the exhibition will explore Browne’s musical legacy.
- Any age
- 6 March — 4 May 2015 *on now
This exhibition of ceramics has something for the whole family to enjoy. Every item in the exhibition has been inspired by the five senses: touch, taste, sound, smell and sight. From miniature hand-held items to impressive musical pots, each item can be touched and explored to find out more about the materials used to make it.
Visitors will be able to dig into sand pits to discover hidden treasures; explore the tactile, textured wall panels; and play the tuneful pots.
All the family will be enticed by the tables full of ceramics inspired by foods and can try to guess the smells coming from the scented objects.
- Any age
Post War Party
- 16 May 2015 7:30-11pm
For one night only and to commemorate the 70 year anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, join us for a post war party and explore Leamington Spa Art Gallery with a Museums at Night event.
From 7.30-8.30pm you'll have the chance to explore the museum after hours, taking part in different activities and talks. Find out about the Czech Resistance, discover World War II collections, make some VE Day bunting, find out how to create the perfect Victory rolls and much more.
At 8.30pm the post-war party begins! With a live band and themed cocktails, jive your way around the Royal Pump Rooms Assembly Room and swing dance into the night. We'll also have a wartime photo-booth, where you can kit yourself out with props and costume.
40s/50s dress is encouraged!
£16 per person, over 18s only.
Please phone 01926 742700 to book or go to the Royal Spa Centre & Town Hall website.
Mary Riley - Drawing in Response to Music Workshop
- 23 May 2015 11am-4pm
The day is designed for students who already have experience of life drawing. Participants will work from the life model using music, both to create mood, and to extend their working methods. Participants will draw using a variety of drawing implements, including long sticks tipped with charcoal, and will work at their own pace.
£20 per person. Please call 01926 742700 to book. Payment required to confirm booking.
Young Curator's Club
- 26 May 2015 2-3pm
Now is your chance to find out what goes on behind the scenes in the museum!
Each Tuesday during the school holidays, explore the collections, learn how to handle objects and find out some fascinating facts.
Book your free place by calling 01926 742700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Suitable for ages 8 years and above. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult or given written permission on arrival.
Lisa Broughton - Felt Jewellery Adult Workshop
- 6 June 2015 11am-4pm
Through a variety of techniques and processes you will learn how to wet felt colourful merino wool tops to create three dimensional beads. These will be used to make necklaces, bracelets or rings. These felted beads can be mixed with contrasting yet quirky beads to make hard wearing and unique pieces of jewellery. All materials, tools and fastenings are included.
£20 per person. Please call 01926 742700 to book. Payment required to confirm booking. Places are limited.
Magna Carta Makers
- 13 June 2015 1-4pm
Make your own medieval document and seal it with wax. Dress up in medieval style costume and try out your calligraphy skills after making a feather quill.
- Any age
Free, drop in and join in.
- 19 June 2015 7-11pm
There will be live music, readings from the period, including Jane Austen and games. Have a go at dances from the era. Regency style costume is encouraged!
Tickets include a drink and canapés.
£25 per person. Available from the art gallery and museum by call01926 742700 or visiting the Royal Spa Centre website
Bronia Sawyer - Paper Bouquets Adult Workshop
- 11 July 2015 11am-4pm
From the flowers, participants will create a bouquet that could be used purely for decoration or even used as a bridal or bridesmaid bouquet! During the session, participants will use a paper cutting machine, paper punches and scissors to create a number of flower styles.
£20 per person. Payment required to confirm booking. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700.
Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum
Royal Pump Rooms
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