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Talk: An Evening with Grayson Perry Live Stream on ZOOM – BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED

December 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Registration and Bookings for this event have now closed Grayson Perry is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists. Join him live via ZOOM as he discusses his artistic practice in this special event celebrating the Holburne Museum’s major touring exhibition: Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years. 24 Jan 2020  - 3 Jan 2021   A ZOOM link will be emailed directly to you 1 hour before the event starts. All proceeds to support The Holburne Grayson Perry Portrait 2016 © Richard Ansett…

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Canaletto: Painting Venice ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 17 - September 5
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Presenting the most important set of paintings of Venice by Canaletto (1697 – 1768), which have left their home at Woburn Abbey - one of world’s most important private art collections - for the first time in more than 70 years. This once in a lifetime exhibition will enable art lovers to enjoy and study up-close twenty-three beautiful paintings, in a fascinating exhibition that also explores Canaletto’s life and work, alongside themes of 18th-century Venice and the Grand Tour. This…

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Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from the Courtauld

May 17 at 10:00 am - August 1 at 5:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Ten remarkable highlights from The Courtauld’s world-class collection of Islamic metalwork, which have rarely left London since their bequest over fifty years ago, are now on display at the Holburne. Dating from the 13th to 16th centuries, these objects are some of the finest examples of this intricate craft from modern-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and Turkey. One exceptionally rare piece is The Courtauld Bag, made in Mosul (present-day northern Iraq) in around 1300-1330 for a noble lady of the…

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Nicholas Pope: Portraits of a Marriage

May 17 at 10:00 am - August 30 at 5:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Mr & Mrs Pope Vased and Flowered, Nicholas Pope, 2014 © the artist

In Portraits of a Marriage the Holburne presents, for the very first time, ten sculptures which depict – in characteristically entertaining, abstract but honest form – Nicholas Pope and his wife at different stages of their life together during more than 40 years of marriage. The series began in 1978 with Mr and Mrs Arnolfini and culminated last year (2020) with Mr and Mrs Pope Dead and Buried, which was made in the shadow of the late Janet Pope’s terminal cancer.…

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Squash book’ workshop inspired by Islamic Metalwork

May 29 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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£12.00

A chance to stop, relax and create! Make a beautiful unfolding 'squash book' with artist Karen Woodfield in our Gardener's Lodge room. Inspired by 'Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from the Courtauld Institute' with all materials provided. We will be operating in a covid secure manner to ensure everyone is comfortable and safe. 10.30am - 1pm

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May Creativity

A weekend of free creativity

May 29 at 11:00 am - May 31 at 4:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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May Bank Holiday (Saturday 29, Sunday 30 and Monday 31) 11am to 4pm each day This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Holburne’s modern extension by architect Eric Parry. To celebrate,  we invite you to join us for FREE bookable creative activities directly inspired by our exhibitions and collection. Meet inspirational local artists who’ll be leading a range of mini-workshops in our grounds, learning space and Geodome. We’ll provide inspiration and craft materials galore – just bring your imagination! This event will…

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‘Squash book’ workshop inspired by Islamic Metalwork

May 29 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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£12.00

A chance to stop, relax and create! Make a beautiful unfolding 'squash book' with artist Karen Woodfield in our Gardener's Lodge room. Inspired by 'Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from the Courtauld Institute' with all materials provided. We will be operating in a covid secure manner to ensure everyone is comfortable and safe. 1.30pm - 4pm

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Islamic Art: Precious and Rare

June 24 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Inspired by Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld don’t miss Dr Sussan Babaie, Professor of the Arts of Iran and Islam at The Courtauld for a free online talk, Join Dr Sussan Babaie, Professor of the Arts of Iran and Islam at The Courtauld, to discover what is ‘Islamic’ in Islamic Arts, in addition to a discussion on the touring exhibition ‘Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld’, which is on at the Holburne Museum until 1 August.The talk highlights…

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Canaletto from the Woburn Abbey Collection

Venetian water levels, algae belts… and Canaletto?

July 8 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Inspired by our exhibition Canaletto: Painting Venice Professor Dario Camuffo will explore his use of Canaletto’s paintings as a proxy method to study the changes of sea levels in Venice. What can eighteenth-century paintings tell us about modern-day Venice? What information can be extracted from past depictions of the city in order to understand its present? In this 45 minute fascinating talk Professor Dario Camuffo will explore how Canaletto paintings have contributed to the study of the changes to the average…

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Mr & Mrs Pope Vased and Flowered, Nicholas Pope, 2014 © the artist

Nicholas Pope In Conversation with George Vasey

August 19 at 7:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Join Nicholas Pope and curator George Vasey for a conversation on the artist’s current exhibition at the Holburne Portraits of a Marriage and recent projects with The Sunday Painter and Roche Court. George Vasey is an independent curator who has recently worked with organisations including The Welcome Collection, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and Chapter Arts, Cardiff. He has written extensively on contemporary art for Frieze, Art Review, Art Monthly, and OOF Magazine. Nicholas Pope is a leading figure in…

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Making a Splash!

August 24 - September 5
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Making a Splash! 200 years of the Cleveland Pools, Swimming History and Costume Design Head to the Holburne Museum in August to see a brand new exhibition by the Cleveland Pools Trust, who are busy restoring Bath’s historic lido ahead of its grand re-opening next year. A display in the Museum Garden Cafe window gallery, conveying the story of the Cleveland Pools and how it links to the social history of swimming. A display of swimming costumes to illustrate changes…

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Jane Austen, by Cassandra Austen, circa 1810 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Portrait of Jane Austen

August 26 - September 27
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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A rare opportunity to see this delicate portrait of Jane Austen by her sister Cassandra, usually only on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Jane Austen (1775–1817) is one of the most beloved writers in English literature. A resident of Bath between 1801 and 1806, she lived across the road from the Holburne at 4 Sydney Place from 1801 until 1804. During this time she frequently visited Sydney Gardens where she attended the public breakfasts and evening galas. Also…

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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.

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