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.
Painting of Henry VIII

Face to Face: Portraits Through Time

  • 3 February — 4 June 2017 *on now

Friday 3 February 2017 to Sunday 4 June 2017
Famous Faces from Jessica Ennis Hill to Henry VIII, featuring loans from The National Portrait Gallery, The Arts Council Collection, The Courtauld and the Photo Archive Miners.

Explore a centuries-old fascination with capturing our own image.

Snapshots of ordinary people sit alongside Henry VIII, Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie and Princess Diana. Investigate why we make portraits and the hidden messages that they are trying to convey, through paintings, photographs, sculptures and interactive activities.

The National Portrait Gallery has generously supported this exhibition with ten loans from the Collection. The Arts Council Collection, The Courtauld Gallery and Photo Archive Miners have also kindly loaned works for the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/face-face-portraits-through-time

Painting of Bluebell wood

Coventry Arts Consortium 2017

  • 1 — 23 April 2017 *on now

This is the Coventry Arts Consortium's fourteenth exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. The Consortium was formed in April 2001 and is made up of four societies: Coventry & Warwickshire Society of Artists, Coventry Watercolour Society, Coventry Art Guild and Baginton Art Group.
Members of these four societies submit their work to a selection panel of practising artists, made up of a representative from each society. In addition, prizes will be awarded by the Lord Mayor, Chairman of the Coventry Arts Consortium and the selection panel for their favourite works in the exhibition.
During the exhibition, visitors can vote for their favourite work by filling in a form and posting it in the box. The artist who wins this Visitor Choice Prize will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/99/coventry_arts_consortium_2017

a portrait of Henry VIII

Face to Face: Audio Described Tour

  • 3 May 2017 10-11am

Snapshots of ordinary people sit alongside Henry VIII, Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie and Princess Diana. Investigate why we make portraits and the hidden messages that they are trying to convey. Featuring paintings, photographs, sculptures and interactive activities.

Explore a centuries-old fascination with capturing our own image with a free audio described tour of the exhibition. Suitable for blind and partially sighted visitors. No knowledge of art is required for this friendly and informal event.

The National Portrait Gallery has generously supported this exhibition with ten loans from the Collection. The Arts Council Collection, The Courtauld Gallery and Photo Archive Miners have also kindly loaned works for the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free
Please let us know if you are bringing an assistance dog by using the comments section

image of the micro-world

Herbert Illumination: Art of the Micronosphere

  • 25 April 2017 12:30-1:30pm

Enter the micronosphere...

Mary Courtney has recently been Leverhulme Artist in Residence in the Chemistry Department at the University of Warwick - working with chemists to uncover beautiful and beguiling images of the rarely seen micro-world and re-invent these images as art. Meet Mary and Professor Patrick Unwin for a journey “into the micronosphere”, and discover how artists and chemists react and create in the laboratory!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

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.
Small child

Sensory Play Days

  • 27 April 2017 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm
  • 28 April 2017 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm

A stimulating experience for Early Years children to play creatively and explore using inspiring and sensory materials.

This session the theme is 'April Showers'.

Visitor Comments:

“So many different things to play with – well attended and culturally diverse.”

“The selection [of toys] available in the sensory session. The freedom the children have in there. Friendly and welcoming staff. These are my favourite toddler groups to bring my 2 year old and 8 month old to!”

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£2. Drop in. Suitable for 0 - 4 years old but all are welcome.

two small children smiling

Early Bird: Sensory Play Days

  • 28 April 2017 9:15-10am
  • 19 May 2017 9:15-10am

A stimulating experience for children aged up to 16 years to play creatively and explore using inspiring and sensory materials.

Our Early Bird sessions are designed for SEN children, as individuals or as part of a group booking.
The sessions cater for up to 12 children, to provide a calm space for them to explore. Siblings are also welcome to join in the fun.

Each month the space will focus on a different theme, so you'll always have a new adventure!

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 0-4

Admission

First session free!
£2 per child, per session.

For futher information, please download the information pack.

To book, email: lisa.ford@culturecoventry.com or call 02476237542.
Places are limited to a first come, first served basis.

Framed pictures of the landscapes

Awaken the Arts

  • 2 May 2017 11am-12pm

Exploring the exhibition Face to Face, this session will compare portraits of Celebrity and Fame with portraits of ‘the everyday’. This will include works by Andy Warhol and an early portrait of the Beatles.*

Awaken the Arts is for anyone who likes to look at, learn about and talk about art! It takes place on the first Tuesday of the month at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum led by our art education specialist Brian Scholes. The informal nature of the sessions makes them ideal for people experiencing difficulty with concentration or memory and their friend, partner or carer to enjoy together.

If you can't make this one, fear not, we have a session in June.

* Face to Face, which is featured in the workshops for March, April and May, includes works of art from the National Portrait Gallery, The Courtauld Gallery and the Arts Council Collection as well as portraits from the Herbert’s own collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.
To book your place please contact Nicky McIntosh on 024 7623 74271 or email nicky.mcintosh@culturecoventry.com

Small child wearing aprone

Mini Makers: As Sweet As Spring

  • 4 May 2017 10:30am-12:30pm

Join us for an exciting new addition to our early years programme. Mini Makers is a monthly event where those aged 0-4 can experience the wonders of mark making and exploring art through activities suitable for even the littlest of hands. Each month will be themed differently, with lots of opportunities for playing with paint and other craft materials**. This month the theme is 'As Sweet As Spring.'

This is a fun and inspiring experience for you to share with your children as they create their first art works for you to take home. Best of all you get to leave all the mess at the museum!

*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.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£2 per child
Drop in any time
Suitable for 0 - 4s, but all are welcome

different colour paint

Further Portrait Techniques with Freida van de Poll

  • 13 May 2017 10am-3pm

Be inspired by our Face to Face exhibition in this workshop led by artist Frieda Van De Poll.

Spend a morning learning art techniques and styles and an afternoon drawing portraits of a model under the guidance of Frieda who is an experienced and qualified instructor. We will provide basic materials and drawing boards, but please feel free to bring your own easels and drawing materials too.

Suitable for ages 16+

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£26
Book in advance

People using crafting materials

Herbert Lates: Museums at Night

  • 19 May 2017 7:30-10:30pm

An unconventional evening of drinks, music, crafts, performance and more.

Over 18s only.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

FREE, book in advance

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/herbert-lates-museums-night

A girl drawing something

Museums at Night: Playing Up!

  • 20 May 2017 5:30-10:30pm

Make clothes out of food, dance with animals, make a ketchup fight, remote control your parents, search for miracles, walk through Coventry with a map of Paris, and build what-happens-next-machines! PLAYING UP is an artwork by Sibylle Peters, in the form of a game played by adults and kids together. All our galleries will be open to enjoy, with some exciting characters to meet, plus family friendly screenings of short films.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, book in advance

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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