Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

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We provide places for the people of Coventry and visitors to the City to meet, celebrate and explore their cultural and creative past, present and futures.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Archive

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1600
Sun 1200-1600

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History

Hippo Skull

Collections

The Herbert has extensive and wide ranging collections which are grouped under four broad headings:
• Visual Arts
• Social and Industrial History
• Archaeology
• Natural History

The museum collections contain hundreds of thousands of items ranging from tiny insects to large industrial machinery like a jacquard loom, and from everyday household objects to fine paintings by important artists.

www.theherbert.org/collections

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
a toddler in the play space

Early Years Exhibition: A Very Viking Voyage

  • 8 June — 28 August 2017 *on now

Journey into a world of possibilities where the sea glistens, fires crackle and a world of wonder awaits ready to inspire young imaginations.



At busy times you may be asked to wait.

Group bookings and SEN early bird sessions are available on selected days. Please email lisa.ford@culturecoventry.com for further details.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1151/early_years_exhibition_a_very_viking_voyage

Vikings by the ocean

Fearsome Craftsmen: Discover The Artistry Of The Viking World

  • 1 July — 24 September 2017 *on now

Making the perilous journey through the crashing waves of the North Sea, the bloody and brutal Viking invasions of Britain are legendary
– but what did they do while they were here?

Step back in time and discover the 1,000 year old human innovations that built a vast empire and a flood of intercontinental migration spanning northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the coasts of Africa and even America.

Learn more about the people who settled in Britain from excavated skeletons, and explore the Norse myths and legends passed down through generations in our unique family friendly Viking settlement. See real examples of Viking crafts including intricate metalwork, and a replica 15ft
fishing boat, decorated with designs which reveal the true creative spirit of the Viking Age.

A touring exhibition from Jorvik Viking Centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1156/fearsome_craftsmen_dscover_the_artistry_of_the_viking_world

A man telling a story to a group of children

Summer Holidays: Time Travelling Tales

  • 22 August 2017 11am-3:15pm
  • 24 August 2017 11am-3:15pm
  • 29 August 2017 11am-3:15pm
  • 31 August 2017 11am-3:15pm

Go back in time to the age of the Vikings and come face to face with historical characters as they share family friendly stories of times gone by.
11am, 1pm and 3pm every Tuesday and Thursday during the holidays.
Storytelling sessions are suitable for age 3+, but all are welcome.
Duration: Approximately 15-20 minutes

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1170/summer_holidays_time_travelling_tales

Picasso: Linocuts From The British Museum

  • 9 September — 3 December 2017

With an unprecedented versatility and strength of style, Pablo Picasso pushed the boundaries of creativity throughout his lifetime. One of the most influential artists of the modern age, Picasso’s work is instantly recognisable.

Showcasing works created in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Picasso: Linocuts from the British Museum explores the artist’s expressive and experimental works with linocut techniques and ceramics. Produced when Picasso was over eighty years old, Still Life under the Lamp, Jacqueline Reading and Nude Woman at the Spring highlight his skilful yet risky approach.

Studying the method in detail, Picasso was able to confidently and often permanently alter his designs as he created a print, trialling new approaches to depth and composition. The bold simplification of shapes and figures that Picasso adopted in his linocuts was a style well suited to his experimental and highly inventive approach to decorating ceramics.

Acquired by the British Museum in 2014 (with the support of the Art Fund), this exhibition presents some of Picasso’s most important works in linocut, alongside a selection of ceramics on loan from Leicester Arts and Museums Service, by kind permission of the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough.

This exhibition was developed in partnership with the British Museum and National Museums Liverpool. Generously supported by the Dorset Foundation.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1172/picasso_linocuts_from_the_british_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.
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Creative Car Factory – Family Workshops

  • 26 July — 2 September 2017 *on now

Join us in our Creative Car Factory this summer and be a real life ‘Cartist’. Create your very own model, and help us build a full size ‘car’ inspired by our Cartists exhibition. Every week, our workshop will focus on a different stage of car manufacture from incredible ideas, all the way through to the fabulous finishes. Join us every week to explore all stages and build your very own model car or join us for one of the workshops to make one car part to take home.
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Excluding Sundays

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£2 per activity, under 2s free

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1270/summer_holidays_week_1_creative_car_factory__set_the_scene

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Creative Car Factory Trail

  • 26 July — 2 September 2017 *on now

Take part in our manufacturing themed trail, available from reception during opening hours.

Drop in.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1277/summer_holidays_creative_car_factory_trail

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Summer Holidays: The Vikings Have Landed

  • 29 July — 2 September 2017 *on now

Boats, fires, swords galore, dragons, weaving, beards and more! From sparkly fish and seascapes to pretend campfires and cloud spinning, explore the Viking world of crafts, combat, mythology and much more. With a different craft activity each day we have something for everyone this summer.
Full details of daily activities are available online at www.theherbert.org
Activities are drop in and suitable for 3+ but all are welcome.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Excluding Sundays
10.30am – 3.30pm
£2 per activity, under 2s free

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/

a group of kids playing roman

A Really Roman Summer

  • 31 July — 1 September 2017 *on now

Explore the unique Lunt Roman Fort this summer; stand on the ramparts, imagine yourself training horses in the Gyrus, and drop in to our fantastic Roman themed workshops. Play Roman games, dig in our ‘archaeological finds’ sandpit or create your own helmet, shield or soldier in a weekly themed workshops.
Full details of week-by-week activities are available online at www.luntromanfort.org

Weekdays, not including bank holiday Monday
10.00am - 3.30pm
All activities are drop in and suitable for 5+
Activities are free, site admission applies

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

http://www.luntromanfort.org/index.php/home/whats-on/summer-holidays-week-2-play-harpastum-the-roman-ve

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Summer Holidays: Roaring Rhymes

  • 23 August 2017 11am-3:15pm
  • 30 August 2017 11am-3:15pm

Join in with sensory play and Makaton signing as we sing rhymes inspired by the sea, land and of course the Vikings!
Rhymes sessions are suitable for age 0-4, but all are welcome.

11am, 1pm and 3pm
Duration: Approximately 15-20 minutes

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1171/summer_holidays_roaring_rhymes

little blond girl with papers in her hands

Storytelling for Under 5s

  • 30 August 2017 10:30am-12pm

Explore the exciting stories of some of our star vehicles. Meet us at reception to visit the galleries together.
10.30am -11am and 11.30am-12pm
Drop in.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

£1

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1276/summer_holidays_storytelling_for_under_5s

group of adults with babies in gallery

Sensory Stories And Rhymes

  • 5 September 2017 From 10:30am
  • 12 September 2017 From 10:30am
  • 19 September 2017 From 10:30am
  • 26 September 2017 From 10:30am
  • 3 October 2017 From 10:30am
  • 10 October 2017 From 10:30am
  • 17 October 2017 From 10:30am
  • 31 October 2017 From 10:30am
  • 7 November 2017 From 10:30am
  • 14 November 2017 From 10:30am
  • 28 November 2017 From 10:30am
  • 5 December 2017 From 10:30am
  • 12 December 2017 From 10:30am

Every Tuesday during Coventry-term time

Childminders' session: 10.30am - 11.00am
Our childminder session is an opportunity for you to meet with other child care providers, increases your children’s social experiences, and we will offer additional support if needed during the session to help you when caring for multiple children.

Open to all: 11.30pm – 12.00pm
Have fun and explore our galleries through songs, stories and rhymes in these inventive Early Years sessions. Explore our collections through songs, stories, movement and sensory play. A regular chance to get your little one learning with friends.

Suitable for age 0 - 4

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£1 per child

Mini Makers: Absolutely Abstract

  • 7 September 2017

Two sessions: 10.30am – 12.00pm & 1.30pm – 3.00pm

There’s tons of creative fun for little hands and feet in these informal drop in art sessions. Arrive any time and be prepared to get messy!

Explore a different theme every month - this time it is 'Absolutely Abstract'.

Drop in

* You may be asked to wait at busy times.
** Please note the Mini Makers activities will involve paint and will be messy. We will have aprons available, but parents may wish to strip their children down to their nappies/underwear, alternatively dress them in something that won't matter if it gets a bit painty! Don't forget a spare outfit packed in your bag.
*** Please bring along a swim nappy for children who require them, as this helps to keep the water in our splash around area hygienic. You may also wish to bring a towel along for helping to dry off your little ones at the end of the session if they use the water area.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£2

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1208/mini_makers_absolutely_abstract

Copper Candelabra Workshop

  • 9 September 2017 1-3:30pm

With exposed pipework and metal finishes popping up all over Pinterest, this workshop is a great way to try out the industrial trend. Learn basic metalwork techniques, including how to cut copper pipes, attach them together and finish them to create your own candelabra design. You'll be surprised what you can do with the right tools and don't worry, there are no hacksaws, just great fun designing and experimenting with shapes - anyone can do it!

During the session, you'll learn from Etsy based jewellery and homewares designer Melodie Telliez. She will teach you the skills you need to know and advise you on your design. Whether you follow her examples or create your own ideas, you'll leave with a host of new metalworking skills that won't require investing in a metal shop of your own. All materials will be provided.

Suitable for age 16+

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£45

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1173/copper_candelabra_workshop

Herbert Lates: Art Fiesta

  • 15 September 2017 7:30-10:30pm

Get on your dancing shoes and try out flamenco dancing with live demonstrations. Want more? Our Speed Dancing
crew will be taking dancing to a whole new level exploring dance styles from all over the world. Try out a new dance
for 10 minutes, laugh hard, repeat.

Grab a drink and let your inner artist out with a host of creative activities inspired by Picasso’s work and life.
Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art will be hosting a warm up to their October festival.

I am the Live Warrior - an event by Birmingham-based Juneau Projects will invited you to watch live music and to draw,
paint and sculpt responses using the art materials provided. This fun gig has previously been presented at Tate Modern,
Primary Nottingham and University of Birmingham.

Round off the night with tasty treats from our café, and indulge in fresh churros with chocolate sauce.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1177/herbert_lates_art_fiesta

Introduction To Silversmithing

  • 16 September 2017 10:15am-3pm

Learn the intricate art of silversmithing, with our expert tutors, Laura and Naim.

With sawing, filing, texturing with hammers and drills, soldering with blow torches, polishing and finishing, you’ll end the day with a host of new practical skills.

You will create items of your own choosing, as we leave the day open for you to get creative and make something suited to you. You will be given an inch square piece of silver as well as unlimited brass and copper. More silver can be purchased on the day.
Both beginners and those with experience are welcome.

Suitable for age 16+

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£72

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1174/introduction_to_silversmithing

Herbert Illuminations: Picasso, Master Printmaker

  • 19 September 2017 12:30-1:30pm

Join Jenny Ramkalawon, Curator for Western Modern and Contemporary Graphic Art at the British Museum, for this insightful talk.

Alongside painting and sculpture, Picasso was passionate about prints.
He mastered challenging printmaking techniques and worked with specialist printers to produce some of his most complex and spellbinding work.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1175/herbert_illuminations_picasso_master_printmaker

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Jordan Well
Coventry
CV1 5QP
England

Website

www.theherbert.org

E-mail

info@culturecoventry.com

Telephone

024 7623 7521

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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