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

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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.

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

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Crafts Of The Punjab: Explore The V&A's South Asian Collection

  • 20 October 2017 — 21 January 2018 *on now

For thousands of years, the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent has been a cultural crossroad, resulting in a rich and vibrant legacy of arts and crafts.

Seen in the most everyday objects, the delicate and detailed artistry of local craftspeople has been woven into fabrics, carved into furniture and engraved on precious ornaments for centuries.

Using the exceptional collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Crafts of the Punjab has been created especially for the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, and presents the extensive range of arts and crafts made across the area from the 2nd to the19th century.

Discover the skilful art of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain sculpture, Amritsar’s delicately carved ivories, Hoshiarpur’s elaborate musical instruments and Sialkot’s gold-inlaid steel artefacts. One of the most extraordinary pieces on show will be the Golden Throne made by a Muslim craftsman in Lahore for Ranjit Singh, the first Sikh Maharaja of the Punjab.

Journey across the ‘land of five rivers’, and uncover the cross-cultural influences that shaped this remarkable region, now divided between India and Pakistan.

Featuring never before exhibited objects, famous artefacts and unique masterpieces of craftsmanship, this is a rare opportunity to view these stunning works outside London.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1221/crafts_of_the_punjab_explore_the_vas_south_asian_collection

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Sacred Things: Elalmadinah …To The City

  • 1 December 2017 — 11 February 2018

This winter the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum presents Sacred Things, a new exhibition by British photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley.

For this fascinating exhibition Hingley has collaborated with Syrian refugees who have recently been welcomed to Coventry on a unique UN programme. The work draws on the stories and experiences of the Syrian individuals, and explores symbols both of the past and of contemporary life.

Historically, honored visitors were presented symbolic keys to the city gates. In this exhibition, the sim card given to refugees on landing in the UK appears as the present-day key to the city. The sim card offers a direct link to scattered loved ones and a collection of photographic memories. As an object and tool it offers an immediate sense of security, identity and home in a new place.

Presented within an immersive installation, keys from the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum’s collections represent the city’s eclectic history alongside illuminated photographs of silver sim cards portraying messages from Syrian individuals to their new city.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.

Festive Gin Tasting Experience With The Little Gin Company

  • 8 December 2017 8-10pm

Receive a festive cocktail on arrival to enjoy whilst you find out about gin from the experts. Next, taste four seasonally themed, artisan gins to explore the taste and aromas of different botanicals. Following a cocktail demonstration, make your very own themed cocktail – it might just become your signature cocktail for the season.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£36

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1198/festive_gin_tasting_experience_with_the_little_gin_company

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Sensory Stories And Rhymes

  • 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

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Herbert Lates: Making Merry

  • 8 December 2017 7:30-10:30pm

The evening take on our fabulous feast of festive fun returns, bringing you the best local and ethical arts and crafts. Get ahead of the game with workshops, music, choirs and more. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the season and find unique gifts for family and friends. You’ll discover handmade delights of all kinds, tasty treats in our café, and the perfect antidote to the stresses of the high street.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1219/herbert_lates_making_merry

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Making Merry: Wreath Making Workshops

  • 9 December 2017

Create a fabulous wreath in this ever popular workshop. We’ll supply a host of materials and greenery plus an artist to help you find the perfect balance of ribbon to cinnamon sticks or dried orange to berries. These are fun and friendly workshops and you’ll leave with an exquisite seasonal decoration for the price of a standard shop bought wreath. Even better news is that you can re-use the base year on year so using your new skills you’ll create beautiful Christmas wreaths for ever more!

Admission

£25

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1220/making_merry_wreath_making_workshops

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Making Merry: Festive Arts, Crafts And Gifts Fair

  • 9 December 2017 10am-4pm

Our fabulous feast of festive fun returns, bringing you the best local and ethical arts and crafts. Get ahead of the game with workshops, music, choirs and more. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the season and find unique gifts for family and friends. You’ll discover handmade delights of all kinds, tasty treats in our café, and the perfect antidote to the stresses of the high street.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1197/making_merry_festive_arts_crafts_and_gifts_fair

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A Christmas Carol: A Folk Opera

  • 10 December 2017 From 7:30pm

The quintessential Victorian Christmas classic! GreenMatthews bring you a brand new retelling of the most thrilling Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

First published in 1843, the story is credited with reinventing and reinvigorating the British Christmas and has been loved by generations since.
Using new lyrics and traditional English folk tunes, GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) use a bewitching blend of voices and instruments to create a musical retelling of this seasonal favourite in this medieval building.

Suitable for age 8+

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£11

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1199/a_christmas_carol_a_folk_opera

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Herbert Illuminations: The Secret Sisterhood Of George Eliot And Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • 12 December 2017 12:30-1:30pm

Guest speakers are authors Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney.

George Eliot is often imagined as an isolated figure, set apart from other female writers by her lofty genius. However in today's event, authors Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney reveal the story of Eliot's little known friendship with the American author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe. Despite being separated by thousands of miles, these two literary legends overcame vast differences in personality, opposing views on religion and even the stigma of Eliot 'living in sin' to form a deeply personal bond.

Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney are the co-authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf, published by Aurum Press.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1227/herbert_illuminations_the_secret_sisterhood_of_george_eliot_and_harriet_beecher_stowe

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

Website

www.theherbert.org

E-mail

info@culturecoventry.com

Telephone

024 7623 7521

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