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October – November 2017

Michael Petry: In the Realm of the Gods
Oct 20 – Feb 25 all-day
Michael Petry: In the Realm of the Gods @ The Holburne Museum

In the Realm of the Gods explores the ley lines hidden beneath the city of Bath since the time of the Ancient Britons. Artist Michael Petry has created a newly commissioned glass ley line, to be shown alongside works exploring the mythical and mythological connections to the Holburne’s collection and place, and his own place within it.

Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception
Oct 20 – Jan 21 all-day
Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception @ The Holburne Museum

“… dazzling” The Sunday Times

This exhibition will explore one of the most exciting threads of art history of the past 150 years. Many artists from the Impressionists onwards were inspired by scientific colour theories, such as the pointillist work of Georges Seurat, where colours other than those actually painted on the canvas are generated in the eye of the viewer.

During the 20th century this interest in perception extended to creating a sense of movement and a variety of artists from the Vorticists to Josef Albers looked at using form, and often colour, to convey the sensation of movement. This interest intensified in the 1950s and 1960s in what came to be known as ‘Op Art’ and ‘Kinetic Art’, exemplified by the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley, Jeffrey Steele and Peter Sedgley.

This art has had a bold legacy right up to the present, not only in the further development of some of these artists but also in the work of others including Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jim Lambie and Sara Moorhouse.

Exhibition organised by Compton Verney
Principal Sponsor: The University of Bath

Free Holiday Drop-Ins: Spooky Kaleidoscopes
Oct 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Free Holiday Drop-Ins: Spooky Kaleidoscopes @ The Holburne Museum

Have fun making your own colourful Halloween kaleidoscope inspired by our exhibition Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception. Enjoy sharing some creative time with your friends and family – with all materials and instructions provided. The only thing you need to bring is your imagination!

This free family will also take place on:
Tuesday 24 October: 1.30-3.30pm
Wednesday 25 October: 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30-3.30pm

Up Late: Alfred Hitchock’s Psycho (cert 15)
Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Up Late: Alfred Hitchock's Psycho (cert 15) @ The Holburne Museum

Enjoy after-hours access to our galleries and exhibitions as we stay open until 9pm on the last Friday in the month. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café throughout the evening.

Join us for a night of grisly goings-on at the Haunted Holburne! Come to our Pop-up Cinema and watch a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO (cert 15) amongst our collection of 18th-century paintings. Creep your way through our galleries and explore our temporary exhibition, Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception. Don’t forget to indulge in some fang-tastic treats and cocktails in the Garden Café and listen to eerie tunes and visual delights from our resident DJ, Cowboy Beatbop.

Pop- Up Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO (cert 15). 6.30-8-30pm
FREE but booking essential
Please call 01225 388569 or book at the Information Desk

PSYCHO (1960) is a psychological horror film, based on Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel, and starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam. It tells the story of real estate secretary Marion Crane who, after stealing $40,000, finds herself at an isolated motel where she encounters a disturbing hotel manager named Norman Bates…

Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO (cert 15) has now sold out! We are expecting some returns on the night as it is a free event. Still join us and enjoy the music and a cocktail in the Cafe.

Director’s Choice: Ramsay’s Rosamund Sargent
Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Director’s Choice: Ramsay's Rosamund Sargent @ The Holburne Museum

In his first lecture as Director of the Holburne Museum, Chris Stephens handpicks one of his favourites from the collection: Allan Ramsay’s portrait of Rosamund Sargent (1749). Join Chris as he considers why the work of an eighteenth-century Scottish portraitist, trained in Edinburgh, Italy and London and renowned for having been ‘formed to paint women’, is so appealing for someone like himself,  mostly engaged with modern art.

Big Give Campaign: Miss Tanner’s Persian Collection
Nov 28 – Dec 5 all-day
Big Give Campaign: Miss Tanner’s Persian Collection  @ The Holburne Museum

The Big Give is a matched funding campaign, so for one week only, 28 November – 5 December 2017, donations can be matched by the Big Give – meaning your donation* can be doubled at no additional cost to you!


With your help we can restore this wonderful collection for display in 2018, and for future generations to enjoy.

Find out more about how to support the restoration and display of this fascinating collection.

Donate from midday 28 November 2017


*If you are eligible for Gift aid, your donation will be increased by a further 25%