Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

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

Website

www.theherbert.org

E-mail

info@theherbert.org

Telephone

024 7683 2386

Fax

024 7629 4790

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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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.
Recording Britain

Recording Britain

  • 30 January — 26 April 2015 *on now

In the winter of 1939 an extraordinary art project was begun. Beneath the spectres of invasion and aerial bombing, the Scheme for Recording the Changing Face of Britain rapidly commissioned artists to paint ‘places and buildings of characteristic national interest’. The resulting collection of over 1500 paintings created a remarkable, yet highly selective, snapshot of a fast-changing country.

Now held by the Victoria and Albert Museum, Recording Britain features many beautiful watercolours by prolific artists such as John Piper and Kenneth Rowntree, along with a host of lesser-known contributors. By focusing on quiet corners and local scenes Recording Britain takes us off the beaten track of iconic British landmarks and postcard images.

In addition to works from the original collection, the exhibition will feature a host of contemporary works including paintings and photographs by Conrad Atkinson, Richard Long, David Nash and Laura Oldfield Ford. Shown alongside these will be works from the Herbert’s collections, depicting the landscape of Coventry and Warwickshire.

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

New Art West Midlands

New Art West Midlands

  • 14 February — 31 May 2015 *on now

New Art West Midlands 2015 showcases exciting new work from artists who have recently graduated from art schools in the region.

Painting, sculpture, photography and film are represented in the exhibition, demonstrating a variety of artistic approaches, influences and ideas. The exhibition will be taking place across three other partnership venues: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/new-art-west-midlands

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.
ensemble 1685

ensemble 1685

  • 9 April 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Join the wonderful ensemble 1685 for a musical performance to uplift and inspire.

ensemble 1685 is a singers' group, based in Coventry, which has built a reputation for innovative encounters with vocal music, unplugged, from across a thousand years of Western history. Their music, performed live in a flexible and informal way, can surprise and comfort listeners at every level.

Booking is not required.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/ensemble-1685-6

The Mee Club

The Mee Club

  • 29 March 2015 2-4pm *on now

A true-life telling event to hear real stories, told straight from the heart, by internationally renowned storyteller Cat Weatherill and other experienced local tellers.

There will be guest slots to share your own tales with a live audience. Stories must be true, about you, no longer than seven minutes and told, not read aloud.

There is a workshop where you can learn more about the skills needed for storytelling on Sunday 22 March.
Find out more about The Mee Club on their website www.themeeclub.com

Suitable for adults.
Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/mee-club

Painty: Recording Coventry

Painty: Recording Coventry

  • 29 March 2015 2-4pm *on now

Artist Craig Gilman will help you get Painty just for fun!

Come and play in a relaxed and fun environment, and create a masterpiece to take home. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary.

Suitable for adults.
Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10 admission.
Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/painty-recording-coventry

Awesome Easter Adventures

Awesome Easter Adventures

  • 6 — 10 April 2015
  • 13 — 17 April 2015

Join us for two weeks of a-mazing free Easter activities!

Marvellous Mazes
Monday 6 - Friday 10 April
10.30am - 3.00pm

Design and build a hand-held maze game that will keep you amazed for hours! Then take on the Priory Labyrinth to reach the dragon’s lair.

Release the Dragon!
Monday 13 - Friday 17 April
10.30am - 3.00pm

The tables have turned…now you are the dragon as you take on the forces that imprisoned you in the labyrinth. Aim your fireballs at their armies and destroy their defences!

Activities are drop in and suitable for age 5+ but all are welcome.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.prioryvisitorcentre.org/index.php/home/whats-on/awesome-easter-adventures

Easter Holidays: Museum Detectives

Easter Holidays: Museum Detectives

  • 7 — 17 April 2015

Join us in a series of fun investigations as you become a super sleuth museum detective!

Investigate new ways of working with art materials, examine clues in archaeological finds, and help to solve a crime that has taken place in one of our galleries in a ‘whodun- it’ spectacular!

Drop in. Content suitable for 5+ but all are welcome.
Individual workshops apply.

Week 1

The Clue is in the Painting - Free
Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 April
Daily at 12.30pm
A short talk about paint and painting styles and how these can offer clever clues to the story the painting tells.
Suitable for age 7+. Please arrive promptly. Meet in the Old Masters Gallery.

Magnificent Marbling - £1
Tuesday 7 April
10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Become an Art Detective and discover what happens when you mix ink with shaving cream in this messy workshop!

Invisible Pictures - £1
Wednesday 8 April
10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Create pictures that appear as if by magic in front of your very eyes - a great way to secretly send letters!

Shadow Sculptures - £1
Thursday 9 April
10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Investigate shadow, light and sculpture, and see what happens when all three are mixed together.

Poos from the Past: the Sequel - £1.50
Friday 10 April
10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm & 1.30pm & 2.30pm
Be a true history detective in this extension of our popular Poos from the Past session. Excavate and dissect evidence to work out who the poo belonged to and what trade they might have worked in.

Content suitable for 7+. When you pay you will receive a timed ticket. If there aren’t any spaces on your chosen slot, you will be given tickets for the next available slot.

Week 2

The Case of the Stolen Cloak - £2
Monday 13 April
10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Drop in

King George’s cloak is missing and he knows he didn’t lose it; something just doesn’t add up. Help us to solve the mystery by interviewing King George and other suspects from our paintings. Using your best investigative skills, piece together the evidence to help find the missing cloak.

This activity can be completed at your leisure. Last entry is 30 minutes before the end of each timeslot.

Medieval Mystery - Free
Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 April
Daily at 12.30pm
A short talk about the evidence left behind from Coventry’s medieval past and how it offers revolting clues about everyday life!
Content suitable for 7+. Meet by the large loom near to the shop.

Invisible Pictures - £1
Tuesday 14 April
10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Create pictures that appear as if by magic in front of your very eyes - a great way to secretly send letters!

Shadow Sculptures - £1
Wednesday 15 April
10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Investigate shadow, light and sculpture, and see what happens when all three are mixed together.

Magnificent Marbling - £1
Thursday 16 April
10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Become an Art Detective and discover what happens when you mix ink with shaving cream in this messy workshop!

Poos from the Past: the Sequel - £1.50
Friday 17 April
10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm & 1.30pm & 2.30pm
Be a true history detective in this extension of our popular Poos from the Past session. Excavate and dissect evidence to work out who the poo belonged to and what trade they might have worked in.

Content suitable for 7+. When you pay you will receive a timed ticket. If there aren’t any spaces on your chosen slot, you will be given tickets for the next available slot.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Individual workshop charges apply.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/easter-holidays-museum-detectives

Herbert Illuminations: Harping On

Herbert Illuminations: Harping On

  • 21 April 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Jack Shuttleworth, co-founder of Harpotunities, delves into some passions about the history, culture and future of the harp.

Spanning centuries and continents, this talk will be illustrated by recorded and live music, and give the audience a chance to try out this wonderful instrument afterwards.

Booking is not required.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/herbert-illuminations-harping-on

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