What’s On

February – May 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...
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...
Family Workshops
Meet the Artist - 'I'm a Recycle Artist...' with Maya Wolfe
‘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...
Family Workshops
Composition in Colour (part 2) Bring your composition to life by adding colour to create a finished piece.
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....
Family Workshops
Days packed full of fun, creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, led by our experienced team of artists. Plaster Portraits – You will get inspiration from the collection and create a collection of circular relief portraits by...
Family Workshops
Days packed full of fun, creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, led by our experienced team of artists. My Home and World – You will take inspiration from the exhibition ‘Home and the World’ and create a...
Family Workshops
Days packed full of fun, creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, led by our experienced team of artists. Painting and Pottery – Based on an exhibition of pots by Nicholas Rena, you will make some colourful and...
Family Workshops
Days packed full of fun, creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, led by our experienced team of artists. Architecture and Interiors – You will take an architectural tour of the museum, exploring its features and patterns. Then...
Family Workshops
Days packed full of fun; creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, led by our experienced team of artists. The Book of Creative Possibilities – You will visit the ‘Nicholas Rena – After Matisse’ exhibition and immerse yourself...
Family Workshops
Days packed full of fun; creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, led by our experienced team of artists. Through the Window – You will spend the day looking through windows – in the museum, in paintings and...
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...
Family Workshops
Days packed full of fun; creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, led by our experienced team of artists. Pattern: From Bunting to Decorative Tiles – You will make a concertina book to use as you look, collect,...
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...
Family Workshops
Days packed full of fun; creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, led by our experienced team of artists. Looking at Landscapes Looking at Don McCullin’s landscape photographs, you will make some large charcoal landscape drawings and then...
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
‘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
Expressive Portraits Create a self-portrait based on the wonderful work of Lucien Freud and Gwen John (showing in our exhibition, Home and the World)
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
Designs in Miniature Be inspired by our collection of intricate ivory netsuke
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.