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.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

  • 5 February — 10 April 2016 *on now

Stunning images unveiled as 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrives at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the Herbert on 5 February, featuring 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Korabra by Gavin Jantjes

Paintings by Gavin Jantjes

  • 27 February — 21 August 2016

As part of a collaboration with the Black Artists and Modernism project, the Herbert will be displaying a selection of paintings by Gavin Jantjes taken from his Korabra series. These powerful and dramatic paintings, which were created while Jantjes was artist in residence at the Coventry West Indian Association in 1986, examine the impact of the slave trade.

They will be on display in the Art Since 1900 gallery from 27 February.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/korabra-gavin-jantjes

New Art West Midlands 2016

New Art West Midlands 2016

  • 28 February — 24 April 2016

This exhibition showcases exciting new contemporary work from artists who have recently graduated from West Midlands art schools.

Painting, sculpture, photography and sound are represented in the exhibition, demonstrating a variety of artistic approaches, influences and ideas. The exhibition takes place across three other venues: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, mac Birmingham and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Degas Dancers

Degas Dancers

  • 11 March — 19 June 2016

This is a unique opportunity to see one of the masterpieces of The Courtauld Gallery’s collection in Coventry. We will be showing Edgar Degas’ famous painting, Two dancers on a stage alongside three other works by the artist.

A founding member of the Impressionist group of artists, Degas was fascinated with the ballet, painting dancers at rest, practicing and performing.

Coventry played a key role in the success of the Courtauld company. In 1905 the company built its first viscose plant in Coventry, employing thousands of people. The wealth generated enabled Samuel Courtauld to develop his magnificent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, which form the basis of the Courtauld Gallery collection.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

  • 22 April — 3 July 2016

The Vanity of Small Differences is a series of six large-scale tapestries by the Turner-Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, which explore the British fascination with taste and class. Inspired by the 18th century painter William Hogarth’s moral tale, A Rake’s Progress, Perry’s tapestries follow the life of a fictional character called Tim Rakewell, as he develops from infancy through his teenage and middle years, to his untimely death in a bloody car accident.

The tapestries are rich in both content and colour and depict many of the eccentricities and peculiarities associated with life in the UK, from interior design to British cuisine, political protest and celebrity gossip. The composition of each tapestry also recalls early Renaissance religious painting, drawing us in to an art historical, as well as a socio-political exploration.

The UK tour of the tapestries is supported by the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation

Alongside this exhibition, there will be a display of the Herbert’s collection of studies made by Graham Sutherland for the monumental tapestry which hangs behind the altar of Coventry Cathedral.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

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.
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Herbert Lates

  • 12 February 2016 7:30-10:30pm

On one night a month we open our doors for an exciting evening of art, music, drinks, talks, performance and history inspired fun. Different every time, bring your friends and join us after hours. Don’t miss out!

February. A confusing month where we look forward to spring but there's still a frosty chill in the air. Come along and see what warming treats we have instore.

Herbert Lates are for over 18's and children will not be permitted entry.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/herbert-lates-midwinter-blues-tickets-20944166566 to book your place!

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/herbert-lates-midwinter-blues

Capturing Spring

February Half Term: Capturing Spring

  • 13 — 21 February 2016

Inspired by some of the beautiful images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, ensure you have all the tools & techniques you need to capture the onset of spring!

Please check our website for daily details, times and prices.
Drop in.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Some elements may charge.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/capturing-spring

Sketch Coventry

Sketch Coventry

  • 13 February 2016 10:30am-3:30pm
  • 12 March 2016 10:30am-3:30pm
  • 9 April 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Join local urban sketchers in the Herbert Café for a day of sketching around Coventry city centre at this informal and supportive event.

Please bring your own materials. Suitable for adults.

Dates to save:
Saturday 13 February
Saturday 12 March
Saturday 9 April

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/sketch-coventry-4

Spring Makes Art & Craft Fair

Spring Makes Art & Craft Fair

  • 11 March 2016 7:30-10:30pm
  • 12 March 2016 10am-4pm

Brush off the snow from your boots and step into spring with our spectacular arts and craft fair. Join us to meet a host of fantastic local artists and makers to help brighten your home ready for the start of a new season.

Please check the website for more details.

Admission

Friday evening's event is an 18+ event.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/spring-makes-art-craft-fair

Art Masters

Easter Holidays: Art Masters

  • 26 March — 10 April 2016

Be inspired by some of the artists on display in our galleries and get experimenting with a range of art materials. Don’t miss the chance to become a fantastic Master Artist!

Please check our website for daily details, times and prices.
Drop in.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Some elements may charge.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/art-masters

Degas Day for Families

Degas Day for Families

  • 5 April 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Join us for a fun filled family day inspired by the exhibition, Degas’ Dancers, by Edgar Degas. As part of our Art Masters week, take part in this day of special activities including drawing to music and creating artworks with moving machines.

Drop in.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

Some elements may charge.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/degas-day-families

Early Years Degas Play Days

Early Years Degas Play Days

  • 14 April 2016 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm
  • 15 April 2016 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm

A chance for early year’s children age 0 – 3 to play creatively in our early year’s space, this time inspired by the beautiful work of the artists Degas with a focus on encouraging movement and mark making through play.

Drop in. Please note at busy times you may be asked to wait.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£2 admission.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/early-years-degas-play-days

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

Website

www.theherbert.org

E-mail

info@theherbert.org

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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