What’s On

January – May 2015

Exhibition
Turner: Watercolours from the West - An intimate touring Show @ Wirth Gallery | Bath | United Kingdom
This small exhibition brings together watercolours by JMW Turner from five important art collections: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the Holburne Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, The Wilson in Cheltenham as well as a private collection in...
Exhibition
February 28, 2015 – June 7, 2015 all-day
Gwen John to Lucian Freud @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
In association with Frameworks, a partnership of the Holburne Museum in Bath, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, The Wilson in Cheltenham, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery and the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath.
Family Workshops
March 3, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Early Years Brilliant Babes March @ The Gardener's Lodge | Bath | England | United Kingdom
Make a sensory bag for your baby while they explore a safe and colourful environment. Meet other adults for a chat, coffee and to share new creative experiences. To book or for further information: Call 01225 388568 or email education@holburne.org
Adults Exhibition Talk
March 7, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A Product of their time? Modern British Art in Context Dexter Dalwood, John-Paul Stonard, Jennifer Scott Join Turner Prize nominated artist Dexter Dalwood (Professor at Bath Spa University), art history luminary John-Paul Stonard (co-curator of the 2014 Tate Britain exhibition...
Family Workshops
March 10, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Early Years Brilliant Babes March @ The Gardener's Lodge | Bath | England | United Kingdom
Make a sensory bag for your baby while they explore a safe and colourful environment. Meet other adults for a chat, coffee and to share new creative experiences. To book or for further information: Call 01225 388568 or email education@holburne.org
Lunchtime Concert Music
March 10, 2015 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Maria Danishvar Brown (soprano) David Price (piano) Maria and David present “My heart is like a singing bird”; a programme of songs by some of Britain’s most prominent 20th century composers including Roger Quilter, Michael Head, Herbert Howells, Rebecca Clarke,...
Adults Learning Talk
March 11, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Evaluating the survival of Christianity in England during the twentieth century: Narratives of belief. The twentieth century has regularly been seen as age in which the bulk of England’s population became substantially indifferent to Christianity to create what many have...
Exhibition
March 14, 2015 @ 10:00 am – June 7, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The Observer Observed: A Portrait of Don McCullin
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...
Family Workshops
March 14, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Drawing Challenge 2 – Inspired by the exquisite Diana and Endymion sculpture, produce a range of unique sketches using ‘considered marks’.
Collection Families
March 15, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ask for one of our free trails and look for some special mums, both human and animal, in art.
Exhibition
March 16, 2015 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Have you ever wondered how an exhibition is put together? How are works of art transported? How do you bring paintings together from other museums? In the first in a series of Inside the Museum talks, meet Howard Batho, the...
Family Workshops
March 17, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Early Years Brilliant Babes March @ The Gardener's Lodge | Bath | England | United Kingdom
Make a sensory bag for your baby while they explore a safe and colourful environment. Meet other adults for a chat, coffee and to share new creative experiences. To book or for further information: Call 01225 388568 or email education@holburne.org
Music
March 20, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Solo Bach - Ashley Wass (piano) @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Artistic Director: Jason Thornton Collections are at the heart of the Holburne Museum and our evening concert series has a reputation for presenting collections of works by the greatest composers performed by a selection of Britain’s most celebrated musicians. Our...
Adults Workshop
March 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Drawn to Life: Saied Dai
Drawn to Life Saied Dai Suitable for intermediate to advanced level. An intensive drawing class for those looking to establish a firm and intelligent foundation for a lifetime of creative practice. Please bring A2 size cartridge paper pad, a selection...
Exhibition
March 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am – May 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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
March 22, 2015 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
‘I’m a Recycle-Artist…’ with Maya Wolfe Discover how Maya transforms recycled materials into new and exciting creations. Have a go at creating your own recycled art work, using designs specifically created to complement the materials which present themselves to be...
Lunchtime Concert Music
March 24, 2015 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Khymerikal presents a programme of contemporary British music including the world premiere of a new work by the young Scottish composer Tom Harrold. The concert includes three works by one of the most significant names in the UK new music...
Collection Families
March 29, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Explore the Holburne’s miniature collection at our day of hands-on activities and entertainment for all the family. Jump through the looking glass and immerse yourself in art on the small side and join in the fun of our mini-egg roll.
Adults Learning Talk
April 8, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Making Space for Islam’: the origins and diversity of British Muslim communities Currently, if we were to go by the public discourse surrounding British Muslims, we would be left in little doubt that they are viewed as a huge problem...
Adults Talk
April 9, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Celebrating the release of his newest novel, Giles Waterfield introduces his sweeping historical tale of love and courage amid the chaos of the First World War, depicting two families united by marriage but torn apart by conflict. Giles Waterfield’s reputation...
Adults Workshop
April 11, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
This creative writing workshop is about finding echoes in art that lead us on exciting journeys of the imagination. Inspired by some of Britain’s best known modern artists in our current exhibition, we will look at themes of ‘home’ and...
Family Workshops
April 12, 2015 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
‘I’m an Animal Illustrator’…with Alexia Tucker Are you a Whale or a Tiger, or…? Alexia creates detailed images of families and couples as animal versions of themselves. Come and discover what animals you might be and learn some techniques in...
Family Workshops
April 18, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Explore Colour: Explore colour with reference to Howard Hodgkin’s painting Gramophone
Adults Exhibition Talk
April 20, 2015 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Going Modern and Being British
‘Going Modern and Being British’ – From Nash and Sutherland to Freud and Hamilton Sophie Cummings Learn about a century of British art through one of the region’s ‘hidden gem’ collections. This introduction to the Swindon Collection of Modern British...
Family Workshops
April 28, 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 Exhibition Membership Event Talk
April 28, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Nicholas Rena in conversation with Alun Graves and Catrin Jones Alongside the contemporary installation on the Ballroom table, Nicholas Rena: After Matisse, the artist will be joined by Alun Graves, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria &...
Membership Event Music
April 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
£25 per ticket, to include party after the performance The Friends of the Holburne celebrate Frank Brown Nathaniel Mander, harpsichordist and leader of the Holburne Ensemble, writes: The Holburne Ensemble return to the Museum in the spring, this time in...
Family Workshops
May 5, 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...
Lunchtime Concert Music
May 5, 2015 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Jane Hunt (soprano) Clive Pollard (piano) Soprano Jane Hunt and London-based pianist/composer Clive Pollard present a recital to celebrate Spring, exploring the rich heritage of British art song composed over the last one hundred years. Including music by Peter Warlock,...
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.

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.