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Prized Possessions Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses
May 25 – Sep 16 all-day
Prized Possessions Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom

The National Trust owns some of the finest paintings in Britain by Dutch masters of the Golden Age. Normally seen in the rooms of country houses, the best of these seventeenth-century paintings will be displayed together in a gallery for the first time here at the Holburne.

Prized Possessions will explore what made Dutch art so sought-after among country house owners. The artists flourishing in seventeenth-century Holland mastered many painting genres, from portraits, still lives and landscapes, to religious, maritime, and subject pictures, and the quality of their work attracted patrons and collectors from across Europe. Paintings in the exhibition have been chosen from twelve National Trust houses, ranging from nearby Dyrham Park in South Gloucestershire to Blickling Hall in Norfolk, Dunham Massey in Cheshire and Castle Ward in County Down. They include luminous landscapes by Cuyp and Hobbema, intimate scenes of everyday life by Metsu and De Hooch and the recently rediscovered self-portrait of Rembrandt from Buckland Abbey.

Following the exhibition at the Holburne Museum, Prized Possessions will tour to the Mauritshuis in The Hague and the National Trust’s Petworth House in West Sussex.

Don’t miss our great lectures related to the exhibition. Book now and get free entry to Prized Possessions included in your ticket price from 6-7pm on the day of the talk:

Made in the Netherlands Thursday 28 June 7-8pm

Discovering Rembrandt: Thursday 2 August 7-8pm

The Art of the Dutch Golden Age  Wednesday 5 September 7-8pm

The National Trust has shared some films with us that relate to works in the show including Rupert Goulding discussing the beautiful de Heem flower painting


David Taylor reveals the secrets of courtship in The Duet by Gabriel Metsu

And Christine Sitwell discusses the discovery of a lifetime as part of the team that confirmed they really had a Rembrandt self portrait in their collection




Bath to Baghdad
Jun 14 – Oct 21 all-day
Bath to Baghdad @ The Holburne Museum

Discover the eclectic collection of art formed by Miss Ellen Tanner following her journey to the Middle East in the 1890s. From sumptuous textiles to delicate carved woodwork and lacquer and elaborately decorated metalwork, this collection is on display for the first time following a major conservation project generously funded through the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

In the late 1920s, an unusual gift was given to the Holburne Museum by an extraordinary woman. Miss Ellen Georgiana Tanner donated over 80 items of textiles, metalwork, lacquer and woodwork that she had gathered on her extensive solo travels in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) and Persia (Iran). A small exhibition of items from Miss Tanner’s various gifts to the Holburne sheds light on this varied collection and the extraordinary woman who collected them, as well as giving an opportunity to show some of these extraordinary items for the first time. The value of Miss Tanner’s gift is enhanced due to her accompanying notebooks and diaries that offer a unique sense of place and valuable, and often entertaining, insights into her travels and experiences.

Book now for our related events:

Food & Music: A Taste of PersiaFriday 17 August 6-9pm

Talk: Journey to Persia: Miss Tanner and her Collection, Wednesday 12 September 1-2pm

Film Screening: Letters from Baghdad, Saturday 22 September 6-9pm

Talk: In Search of Adventure: Female Explorers, Past and Present, Thursday 27 September 7-8pm


Dutch Still-Life Oil Painting Masterclass
Jul 21 @ 10:30 am – Jul 29 @ 4:30 pm
Dutch Still-Life Oil Painting Masterclass @ The Holburne Museum

Learn the working methods of Dutch still-life masters of the 17th century. In this two-day workshop, students will discover how artists of the period constructed a tonal composition using glazes of transparent earth, over which were applied fine layers of pure colour; by this method light and shade refract through from within the paint layers, giving a profound luminosity to the colours as well as transparent depth in the shadows.

Day one will involve composing a painting in monochrome, building up the subject in a three tone system over which the colours be later applied. Students will be taught to make their own oil paints, grinding their pigments with oil on a stone slab.
On day two students will be introduced to the practice of glazing by which layers of subtle colours are applied over the tonal combustion beneath, creating a profound dynamics between colour and tone and which forms the basis of chiaroscuro.

Students are welcome from all levels of experience including those without previous experience. Pigments are all provided. Students need to bring: a primed white canvas (12×16 inches), hoghair filbert brushes (numbers 1-5), pointed sable brushes (numbers 1, 2 and 3) and cotton rags.

David Cranswick trained at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 1999 David received a doctorate for his research into traditional painting materials and techniques. David works part-time as an M.A. and PhD supervisor at the Princes School of Traditional Arts; he lectures internationally on traditional painting techniques and the perennial philosophy. He is currently writing a book on traditional painting materials and techniques.

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 July, 10.30-4.30pm
£100 (ticket includes entry to Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust on 21 & 22 July)

Art Masterclass (for 11-18yrs): Creative Portrait Drawing
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Art Masterclass (for 11-18yrs): Creative Portrait Drawing  @ The Gardener's Lodge | England | United Kingdom
Drawing Masterclass: Creative Portrait Drawing

£35 (all materials included) – (maximum 10 places)

Inspired by portraits in the Prized Possessions exhibition, enjoy a day of explorative drawing, learning about applying different media on a range of different backgrounds to produce a series of skilful and exciting portraits, drawing directly from a clothed model.

Led by Lisa Metcalfe (Artist/Tutor) who has a passion for drawing and over 18 years’ experience teaching Art.

Aug 20 – Aug 29 all-day
Colourscape @ The Holburne Museum

Colourscape is a celebration for the senses, an amazing experience of colour, music and light for all ages. 25 interlinked coloured chambers form a labyrinth on the front lawn of the Museum. Put on a cape and immerse yourself in a new world made up of soft curved edges filled with intense colour, and discover performance spaces filled with music and dancing.

Tickets can be purchased from the entrance of Colourscape for £5 on the day (no advance booking).
Colourscape is always very popular so we do expect long queues.

Entry to Colourscape is from 11am – 4pm daily with last admissions taken at 3.30pm

Monday Aug 20 to Thurs Aug 23 – Michael Ormiston presents Family-friendly free-flowing workshops and performances. Mongolian Overtone Singing, Tibetan Singing Bowls and instruments from around the world. You can join in on an extraordinary range of unusual instruments. Great for all ages from babies to grandparents!

Friday Aug 24: Symphony of the Senses: Music based on sounds of the human body and dancers PLUS fragrances weave all the senses into a Symphony taking place in the intense colour labyrinth

Saturday Aug 25: Sylvia Hallett plays Musical Bicycle Wheel (the spokes tuned and bowed!) with many unusual instruments of slate, shells and wood played by local musician Mike Adcock

Sunday Aug 26: Consortium return to the Holburne Colourscape with a range of music for recorders from very small to very large

Monday Aug 27: Flutes of the World: Shakuhachi, Thai flutes, piccolo, bass flute and even a giant Sub-contrabass create a whole orchestra of flutes in Colourscape

Tues Aug 28 to Wed Aug 29 – Michael Ormiston concludes the festival and you, the public, can join in a final feast of music and colour.

Gin Garden
Sep 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Gin Garden @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom

Tasting Note
Join Great Western Wine at the Holburne Museum for the inaugural Gin Garden! An opportunity to taste and discuss a wide range of exceptional artisanal and batch gins from around Britain showcasing some of the wonderful gins now available at Great Western Wine.

This is your chance to meet the creators, movers and shakers, who will be pouring their exceptional Gins for your enjoyment as well as helping you find your perfect G&T.

Tickets £25. Bookings from 21 June, Tel 01225 388569