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.
Collage image of woman's eyes with 1960s make up, rocket launch, scissors, colour print

Pop! British And American Art 1960 -1975

  • 15 February — 3 June 2018 *on now

Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Peter Blake, Pauline Boty and others, arrived on the scene in a riot of colour, with no manifesto or shared aims, absorbing and borrowing from popular culture as they went, and challenging notions of originality and what it meant to create art.

The classic Pop Art on show include an eight-metre-long fighter plane by James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup tin, a lament for Marilyn Monroe by Pauline Boty, Joe Tilson’s iconic images of Che Guevara and prints by Peter Blake.

Featuring recognisable works from both sides of the Atlantic, this exciting exhibition offers an insight into the modern age’s most important art movement.

This show has been developed as a partnership between the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1234/pop_british_and_american_art_1960_1975

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.
Party Clutch Bag

Party Clutch Workshop

  • 21 April 2018

The finished item looks amazing, and when you say you made it yourself your friends will be blown away by your crafting skills! So come and take your place at the top table of crafting and make yourself this totally stunning accessory. What’s more, you’ll get the skills to make more whenever you want and we share all the details of our suppliers after the workshop so you can keep making.



Your bag will be big enough for a phone, purse and essential bits and bobs (measuring 18 x 6cm). The frame is a silver finish with a square clasp and you can choose to add a chain handle. Smart enough to take to a wedding or special event, this would even make a great gift for your most fabulous friend!

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£49 | Book online in advance

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1246/party_clutch_workshop

Calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy

  • 12 May 2018 1:30-3:30pm

Come along and experience one of the most traditional and beautiful examples of Chinese art.

Chinese calligraphy is not just a way writing but also a way to express emotions. Chinese characters are dynamic, they contain deep meaning, they are connected to the surrounding world and its elements and yet they are contained within a balanced framework. How can a simple character convey all this?

The Confucius Institute teacher will guide you through this fascinating Chinese art, teach you how to create the shapes with the brush and the ink on beautiful rice paper.

You will be able to take home your own calligraphy artwork, might it be a Chinese proverb, your name or other meaningful characters. It is something unique that you can treasure or give as a special present.

No previous experience or knowledge of Chinese is required.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30 | Booking required

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1276/chinese_calligraphy

A Brief History of Music

GreenMatthews present A Brief History of Music

  • 13 May 2018 From 7:30am

A Brief History Of Music takes in 600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show is a whistle-stop tour of Western musical history.

Featuring long forgotten songs and tunes (not to mention jokes!) GreenMatthews paint a vibrant and vivid picture of our musical DNA, mixing the familiar and the obscure, the raucous and the reflective and the courtly and the commonplace.

The show combines the vigour of the medieval period, the musical intricacy of the Renaissance, the grandeur of the Baroque and the pomp and bombast of Victoriana. Add to that the wit of Blackadder and 1066 And All That and the stage is set for a veritable musical feast!

Complete with a bewildering array of instruments such as virginal, rauschpfeife and lute (and that’s just the first 100 years!) A Brief History of Music uses tunes, songs and humour to take you on a musical journey from which you won’t want to return!

Suitable for 8+

Doors open at 7.00pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£11, book online in advance.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1267/greenmatthews_present_a_brief_history_of_music

Greg Chapman

The Coventry Steampunk Cabaret Show

  • 18 May 2018 7-11pm

Join Greg Chapman, Rivers & Kidd, Lux Delioux, Kiss Like Ether, and The Retro Clones for a night of entertainment to celebrate Coventry’s first Steampunk Carnival. These stars of the national scene put the punk into Steampunk bringing energy and bags of style, expect an eclectic mix of performances and a night no other!

-Part of BBC's The Biggest Weekend Fringe

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£12
Over 18s only

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1283/the_coventry_steampunk_cabaret_show

Victor and The Bully

The Coventry Steampunk Concert

  • 19 May 2018 7-11pm

Join Montague Jacques Fromage, Victor & The Bully, Greg Chapman, Pansy Cheung, and The Filthy Spectacula for a night of entertainment to celebrate Coventry’s first Steampunk Carnival. These stars of the national scene put the punk into Steampunk bringing energy and bags of style, expect an eclectic mix of performances and a night no other!

-Part of BBC's The Biggest Weekend Fringe

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15
Over 18s only

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1284/the_coventry_steampunk_concert

Herber Lates: Draw

Herbert Lates: Draw!

  • 19 May 2018 7:30-11pm

As part of Museums at Night Festival we bring together some of your favourite Herbert Lates activities: Drink and Draw, Live Drawing Battles, street food, and DJs! Experience an artist in action as Stewart Easton creates new work live, in preparation for his forthcoming show - Fevral: a Folklore.

-Part of BBC's The Biggest Weekend Fringe

(Bookings are preferred but tickets will be available at the door)

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1279/herbert_lates_draw

Screenprinting

Screenprinting

  • 19 May 2018 10:30am-3pm

In this artist-led workshop, inspired by our current POP! art exhibition, you will create designs and learn the technique of printing. You’ll walk away with a great new skill and the beautiful works you have created.

Suitable for aged 16+

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£35 | Booking required

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1277/screenprinting

Silversmithing

Silversmithing

  • 16 June 2018 10:15am
  • 11 August 2018 3:30pm

Led by our informative tutors, Laura and Naim, this course will teach you all the basic techniques of silversmithing, and because we keep numbers small there is time to explore a range of techniques for those that want to. From sawing, filing, texturing with hammers and drill, soldering with a blow torch, and polishing and finishing you’ll learn skills for the future whilst making something beautiful to take away.

We accept multi-levels on the course, so if you have done silversmithing before, either with us or someone else, feel free to come and expand your knowledge. You’ll make items of your choosing rather than following a set plan to give you the flexibility to make this day personal to you.



All materials included.

Suitable for age 16+

Suitable for beginners and experienced

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.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£72 | Booking required

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1278/silversmithing

Lino Cut Print

Lino Cut Print Workshop with Adie Blundell

  • 30 June 2018 10:15am-3:30pm

Our most popular workshop returns with artist Adie Blundell teaching you how to create your design and transfer it to lino. Discover the techniques needed to cut the design and create a relief surface, and experiment with inking and printing. Take home your handiwork and a new skill at the end of the day.

Suitable for complete beginners and those looking to refresh or develop skills.

All materials provided.

For ages 16+

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£35 | Booking required

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1280/lino_cut_print_workshop_with_adie_blundell

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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