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.
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

Picasso: Linocuts From The British Museum

  • 9 September — 3 December 2017 *on now

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.
group of adults with babies in gallery

Sensory Stories And Rhymes

  • 19 September 2017 From 10:30am *on now
  • 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

Herbert Illuminations: Picasso, Master Printmaker

  • 19 September 2017 12:30-1:30pm *on now

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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