What’s On

February – August 2015

Exhibition
Gwen John to Lucian Freud Home and the World Dexter Dalwood Selects from the Swindon Collection @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Throughout the 1980s the National Gallery in London hosted a series of exhibitions called The Artist’s Eye which displayed groups of paintings chosen by eminent artists. Dexter Dalwood saw these shows while he was student at St Martin’s School of...
Exhibition
The Observer Observed: A Portrait of Don McCullin by Charlotte Sorapure
Saturday 14 March to Sunday 7 June Free This spring the Holburne unveils its latest painting by a winner of the Holburne Portrait Prize, Charlotte Sorapure. Her subject is the renowned photographer Don McCullin CBE, who is celebrating his 80th...
Exhibition Featured
March 21, 2015 – May 17, 2015 all-day
Nicholas Rena: After Matisse
Nicholas Rena: After Matisse Saturday 21 March to Sunday 17 May 2015 Free Nicholas Rena has created an installation of entirely new work for the Holburne’s Ballroom table, a series of monumental bowls. Orderly yet vigorous, these colourful vessels are...
Family Workshops
May 8, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Sing songs, watch stories come to life and get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Family Workshops
May 9, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Explore clay techniques to make a coil pot inspired by the artist Nicholas Rena.
Family Workshops
‘I’m a Glass Artist…’ with Jo Lovell Discover how Jo makes unique sculptures and vessels with cast glass using carving, copper inclusions and colour. Explore glass painting inspired by patterns and use of colour to design your very own glass...
Family Workshops
May 11, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Family Workshops
May 12, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Family Workshops
May 12, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Our weekly Early Years workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s...
Adults Collection Talk
May 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Richard III Alison Weir
Richard III: The Man and the Myth Alison Weir “Alison Weir’s hugely popular history books are as gripping as novels.” The Times Alison Weir is a best-selling historian and has sold over 2.7million books worldwide. She has published sixteen history...
Adults Learning Talk
May 13, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
British Co-Presents and the Holocaust We will examine how in the latter stages of the Second World War, British and Commonwealth soldiers became co-presents to the Holocaust. These were the 1500 British prisoners of war who were sent to a...
Family Workshops
May 15, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Sing songs, watch stories come to life and get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Adults Collection Talk
May 18, 2015 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Artist in Context: Romanelli
Artist in Context: Romanelli In the first talk in a new Artist in Context series, Senior Curator, Amina Wright will introduce little-known Roman artist and designer Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (1610-1662) in the context of his times. Sir William Holburne believed...
Family Workshops
Playing with Light Experiment with photograms using light to create beautiful images
Adults Workshop
May 30, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Unleash your inner Hilary Mantel and try your hand at writing historical fiction. From a Roman ring to the Duke of Monmouth’s silver spur, from a Chinese plate to a portrait of a lady, you will find yourself surrounded by...
Lunchtime Concert Music
June 2, 2015 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Elizabeth Walker (flute) and Richard Shaw (piano) Elizabeth and Richard present a programme performed on Elizabeth’s wooden flute, made in the 1960s by the Flutemakers Guild. They highlight music for flute and piano that links to the exhibition ‘Home and...
Adults Exhibition Membership Event Music
June 4, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Minima present Hitchcock’s The Lodger The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) was Alfred Hitchcock’s first major commercial and critical success. Based on a story by Marie Belloc Lowndes, and set in London with Ivor Novello a suspected...
Family Workshops
June 6, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Selfies – Produce a self-portrait inspired by the work of artist Charlotte Sorapure.
Family Workshops
‘I’m an Artist Who Works with Clay…’ with Clare Day Come and have a go at pressing found/natural objects into clay and then making a beautiful print to take home. Feel free to bring something of your own to press...
Adults Collection Talk
June 8, 2015 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
‘I am Art in Bath’ – Hugh Blaker and the Pioneering Impressionist Collection of the Davies Sisters Trevor Fishlock Hugh Blaker, ‘art connoisseur and collector’ was curator of the Holburne Museum from 1905 – 1913 and adviser to the Davies...
Family Workshops
Print Perfection (part 1) Learn how to make a collagraph printing plate
Adults Talk
June 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Unbuilt Britain Olivia Horsfall Turner
Lecturing on the subject of her acclaimed BBC 4 series Olivia Horsfall Turner explores the fact that for every building and city plan that has been constructed there exists a multitude of might-have-beens; alternative schemes that were proposed – and...
Family Workshops
June 13, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Come to our information morning for parents (young people welcome) to find out more about this exciting Award (no obligation). The Bronze Arts Award will take place from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th August. The Award itself costs £250 for...
Lunchtime Concert Music
June 16, 2015 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Niall Hoskin (baritone) Steven Hollas (piano) Niall and Steven present a song recital exploring the remarkably rich repertoire of C20th British song. Included are Vaughan Williams’ beautiful “Orpheus with his lute” (1904) and Elgar’s “The Torch”, a collection of songs...
Family Workshops
June 20, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Monoprints & Gouache – Create a contemporary response to our Georgian beadwork basket using print and paint.
Family Workshops
Print Perfection (part 2) Create a series of prints using your plate and a mangle printing press!
Family Workshops
July 4, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Construction & Collage – Be inspired by Sir William Holburne’s travels on his Grand Tour and make your own holiday journal with collage techniques.
Family Workshops
July 18, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mixed Media Museum – Create an image based on the Holburne Museum building using a range of oil and water based media.
Family Workshops
August 3, 2015 @ 9:30 am – August 7, 2015 @ 4:30 pm
Bronze Arts Award Week (for 11-16 year olds) An intensive week long course with an opportunity to gain the Bronze Arts Award.

Free Admission to The Collection

The heart of the present day Collection was formed by Sir Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874). As a second son, Thomas William (generally known as William) first pursued a naval career. He ultimately inherited the Baronetcy in 1820 following the death of his elder brother, Francis, at the Battle of Bayonne in 1814.

In 1882 this collection of over 4,000 objects, pictures and books was bequeathed to the people of Bath by Holburne’s sister, Mary Anne Barbara Holburne. One of the Holburne’s main purposes is to preserve the things that have been entrusted to our care. The Collection if free to view.

Garden Cafe

Come and see us in the Garden Cafe at The Holburne Museum. The cafe is run by Benugo and shares the Museum’s opening hours, with the last order taken half an hour before we close.