6 March to 4 May 2015
Sensational Clay, a touring exhibition by Bilston Craft Gallery, is a striking exhibition of ceramics by Hereford based maker Jon Williams. Williams’ solo show has been touring the UK with thousands of visitors enjoying his work in Wolverhampton, Cirencester, Carlisle, Worcester and then finally opening in 2015 in Royal Leamington Spa.
The exhibition of ceramics has something for the whole family to enjoy. Every item in the exhibition has been inspired by the five senses: touch, taste, sound, smell and sight. From miniature hand-held items to impressive musical pots, each item can be touched and explored to find out more about the materials used to make it.
Visitors will be able to dig into sand pits to discover hidden treasures; explore the tactile, textured wall panels; and play the tuneful pots. All the family will be enticed by the tables full of ceramics inspired by foods and can try to guess the smells coming from the scented objects.
Curator, Alice Swatton, says “We are delighted that Sensational Clay is coming to Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. This is a fun, interactive and charming exhibition that visitors of all ages can appreciate. Why not come along and experience clay objects first hand.”
On Friday 6 March, 1-2pm there will be a Friday Focus Extra to mark the opening of the Sensational Clay exhibition. Artist Jon Williams will give an introductory talk about the touring show as well as discussing his creative practice. Free, no need to book.
Sensational Clay will run at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum from 6 March – 4 May 2015.
A Leamington Musical Meteor: The Life of William Denis Browne (1888-1915)
3 March – 10 May 2015
This exhibition, which was organised by Browne’s great-nephew Nick Peacey for the Gallipoli Music Memorial 2015 project, brings together family archive material alongside compositions by Browne, to celebrate his career. It will explore his early life in Leamington, his musical calling and his experience of war as part of the Royal Naval Division that fought in Belgium and Turkey. The exhibition will also look at the 29th Division, which was billeted in Warwickshire and north Oxfordshire in early 1915, before embarking for Gallipoli. The final section of the exhibition will explore Browne’s musical legacy.
On Friday 20 March Browne’s great-nephews Nick Peacey and Robert Sells will present a Friday Focus talk at 1pm. The talk will use unpublished family stories, letters and photographs to give an insight into Browne’s life and musical achievements. On Saturday 2 May, ‘To Gratiana, Singing and Dancing’ by Browne, will feature in an afternoon concert of music inspired by the First World War. This has been organised by Leamington Music as part of the Leamington Music Festival Weekend.
This exhibition has been put together as part of the Gallipoli Music Memorial 2015 project, which is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information please see the project website http://www.gallipoli-music.co.uk/
15 May - 12 July 2015
Joanne Keeley -'Different Perspectives'
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Open exhibitions have been held at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum since the 1930s, and have always been incredibly popular with both audiences and entrants. The upcoming OPEN 2015 is likely to be no exception.
The OPEN is held on a biennial basis and is open to all professional artists based in the West Midlands. This year’s exhibition will take place from Friday 15 May to Sunday 12 July 2015 and will showcase the work of local artists. Works submitted must have been completed after January 2014.
Entries are welcome from a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital media and craft. Works will be selected for the exhibition by a panel of judges. The judges are Wendy Law, Director for Turning Point West Midlands, Fiona Venables, Deputy Curator for the Mead Gallery and Peter McCarthy, artist and critic. There will be one overall prize winner who will receive the OPEN 2015 award of £1,000. Visitors to the exhibition will also be given the chance to vote for their favourite artwork. The work of art which receives the highest public votes will be presented with the People’s Choice Award of £500. All exhibited works will be for sale.
If you are interested in submitting work for the OPEN 2015, please send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission date is Thursday 7 May, 10.30am-7pm. For more information and to download an application pack please visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalpumprooms