Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum

Worcester City Art Gallery
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Housed in a beautiful Victorian building in the heart of Worcester, the City Art Gallery & Museum runs a lively programme of exhibitions, activities and events for all the family.

The gallery presents a changing programme of contemporary art and craft exhibitions. Our Museum Gallery showcases an amazing array of objects and displays covering geology and natural history as well as Worcester industries. There is also a selection of 19th and 20th century paintings, prints, and photographs on display. Visitors can discover the colourful collections of uniforms, medals and pictures from the independent museums of the Worcestershire Regiment and the Yeomanry Cavalry.

On the first Monday of each month 11am-3pm, the gallery opens its doors to Steward's Chemist Shop. This store has been dismantled from the High Street and moved piece by piece to the museum.

The museum has an activity space and runs a regular programme of art workshops for children and adults, as well as artist led events for schools and adults. Visitors can enjoy a cappuccino or light lunch in the airy surroundings of the balcony cafe or visit the gallery shop which has a superb selection of cards, books and gifts.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed

Admission charges

Free admission to Museum and Art Gallery - Charges for some workshops and lectures. Contact the gallery on 01905 25371 for information.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The British Camp and Herefordshire Beacon by Henry Harris Lines

Enquiring Minds

  • 14 January — 11 November 2017 *on now

Date: 14th January 2017 - 11th November 2017
Every day
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: City Art Gallery and Museum
Cost: Free

Visitors can discover and celebrate this rather special period from Worcester's past in this exhibition drawn from the museum collection and some special items on loan.

Seemingly impossible engineering feats, global wildlife explorations, early investigations into iron-age man, world-renowned artist sketching trips: all these amazing activities were happening in Worcester a hundred and fifty years ago. Worcester was a burgeoning cultural city in a busy changing landscape.

Exhibition highlights are drawings by naturalist John Gould, land- and cityscape watercolours by artist HH Lines and local artefacts discovered by famous archaeologist Pitt Rivers.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/events/event/175/enquiring_minds

A painting of a man on horseback crossing a grassy common

David Cox and his Contemporaries

  • 11 February — 3 June 2017 *on now

Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of David Cox and his contemporaries Turner and Constable in an exhibition exploring Cox's position in the great age of British watercolour painting.

Discover the vibrant art scene of the West Midlands during the nineteenth century through the work of Birmingham born David Cox. Renowned for his landscape paintings, this exhibition explores the artists that influenced Cox, as well as the influence that his own work and writing had on watercolour painting, landscape art and the vibrant artistic communities of the Midlands. Bringing together Worcester's amazing collection of paintings by Cox with works high profile loans by Turner and Constable from the British Museum, this exhibition uses rarely displayed artworks to explore Cox's place as a world class artist. Taking the story of making and collecting art into the 21st century, the exhibition will also host work by recent graduates as part of New Art West Midlands 2017, accompanied by a selection of works from the Worcester City collection acquired through the Contemporary Art Society.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/site/scripts/events_info.php?location=City+Art+Gallery+and+Museum

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.
Girl reaching over an art table for materials

Love Worcester! Love Nature!

  • 20 February 2017 11am-3pm *on now

We will explore our wonderful collection of shells, rocks and minerals for inspiration, and use lots of natural materials for the make.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10

Admission

Drop in event with no booking required. Just £2 per person for materials

Website

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/site/scripts/events_info.php?location=City+Art+Gallery+and+Museum

A smiling curator adjusting a framed painting in an exhibition

Love Worcester, Love Worcestershire's Art

  • 21 February 2017 1-1:30pm

Come with us on a special curators' tour as part of the #LoveWorcester Heritage Festival, and explore world-class artwork from the Worcester City art collections as well as loans by Turner and Constable from the British Museum.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

The tour costs £2 per person, booking is advised (either call 01905 25371 or drop into Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum)

Website

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/events/event/211/love_worcester_love_worcestershires_art

A curator showing a visitor a vase from the museum collection

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

  • 8 March 2017 11am-12pm, 1-1:30pm, 2:30-3:30pm

Enjoy an opportunity to explore behind the scenes and learn about the geology, natural history & fine art collections in the underground stores of Worcester City Museum on this special day of guided tours.

Tours will take place at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum basement stores at:
- 11am
- 1pm
- 2.30pm

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Tours are £6.50 per person. Attendees also receive 10% discount in Worcester City Museum's beautiful Balcony Cafe.

Please book in advance as places as limited and this is always a popular event. To book, call 01905 25371 or visit the Art Gallery desk.

Website

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/events/event/183/behind_the_scenes_at_the_museum

Traditional artist's watercolour materials

Bite-sized talk: Watercolour Painting Past and Present

  • 14 March 2017 1-1:30pm

Make the most of your lunchbreak and try something new on a Tuesday!

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum puts on a different 30-minute talk on the second Tuesday of every month, at 1pm. Talks are just £2 (less than a sandwich!) and you could combine your visit with lunch at the balcony cafe, as we give all our attendees 10% off.

In March we'll be talking about the techniques of watercolour painting, in conjunction with our fantastic spring exhibition 'David Cox and his Contemporaries', where you can see watercolours by Cox as well as Turner and Constable. Don't miss an opportunity to see these prestigious loans from the British Museum in this free exhibition.

Just make sure you ring up or drop into the gallery and book, as places are limited (01905 25371). We try to repeat the talk where possible if we receive more bookings than there are places.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£2 per talk - we recommend that you book in advance on 01905 25371

Website

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/events/event/164/bite-sized_talk_watercolour_painting_past_and_present

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Foregate Street
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR1 1DT
England

Website

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/info/2/city_art_gallery_and_museum

E-mail

gallerymuseum@worcestershire.gov.uk

Telephone

01905 25371

Fax

01905 616979

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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