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What’s On Sept – Nov 2011

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A world of discovery awaits you… Welcome to our Autumn 2011 programme of exhibitions and events. With four exciting exhibitions and a huge range of creative workshops and family events, there's certain to be something to inspire you and yours. Explore the amazing prehistoric world of BBC Walking with Beasts Exhibition…Immerse yourself in the modern city landscapes of Turner prize nominee George Shaw…Unpick the secrets of the past with the beautiful patchwork quilts in Stitch in Time…Discover fascinating new work by local artists in Coventry Arts Consortium… Why not explore our eight award-winning interactive galleries? Discover 2000 years of Coventry history, learn about the city's wartime experiences, wander through dazzling multi-sensory interactive displays and investigate the natural world. There's so much to see, you'll discover something new every time you visit. Make your day complete and treat yourself to a delicious snack or hot lunch in our café, or browse through the beautiful crafts, inventive toys, jewellery and original artworks in our shop. For full details of our exhibitions and packed events programme, please visit our website, or join our mailing list at


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What’s in Store

The Herbert would like to thank its kind supporters and donors. For more information please visit Front cover images (l - r clockwise): Wanqi Yan, Hymn (writing sound), durational performance 2010 / Family activity / Fowey, Silk painting by Susan K. Moore / When No-one Is Looking © Chokran / Heritage Shared © Herbert Art Gallery & Museum / Walking with Beasts, Copyright BBC 2001 / Scenes from the Passion: The Shrine, 1997, copyright George Shaw, courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London

Exhibition in Gallery 1 BBC Walking with Beasts Exhibition 2 July – 30 October 2011 Since the dinosaurs died out over 65 million years ago, our planet has been dominated by an amazing and diverse range of mammals. In 2001 the BBC brought a number of them back to life in their six-part series Walking with Beasts.

BBC Walking with Beasts Exhibition will tell you more about these fantastic creatures and the times during which they lived.

Featuring large scale models including woolly mammoths, sabre tooth cats, Neanderthal man and skeletons, this exhibition promises to be as engaging as it is visually spectacular.

TICKET PRICES* Adults £4.95 / Concessions £3.95 Under 5s FREE Family tickets £14.00 Concessions £12.60 1 adult & 3 children or 2 adults & 2 children * includes voluntary gift aid donation

A Tour-Ex Exhibition produced under license from BBC Worldwide

Copyright BBC 2001


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Exhibitions in Gallery 4 Stitch in Time: A Story of Patchwork FREE 13 July – 9 October 2011

Coventry Arts Consortium FREE 22 October – 20 November 2011 The eleventh annual exhibition of work by local artists promises to have a wide range of new pieces, showcasing a broad variety of themes, artistic styles and techniques.

Stitch in Time explores key moments in the fascinating history of British and American patchwork making through Jane and Peterson Cobbett's outstanding collection of historical quilts.

The Coventry Arts Consortium is made up of artists who are members of the four principal art groups in the Coventry area: Coventry Art Guild, Coventry Watercolour Society, Coventry Triumph Art Society and Coventry and Warwickshire Society of Artists.

From the expensive use of imported chintz in the 1700s to the Victorian passion for 'crazy' patchwork, follow the story through necessity in the great Depression and the Second World War and on to the great craft revival of the 1970s.

Please see event listings for creative workshops linked to this exhibition, or visit

When No-one Is Looking © Chokran

Log cabin crib quilt, collection of Jane & Peterson Cobbett

Create beautiful textile work in creative workshops led by Jane Cobbett. For further information please visit

Exhibition in Gallery 1 George Shaw: I woz ere FREE 18 November – 11 March 2012 For the past 15 years, recent Turner Prize nominee George Shaw has been making paintings of the Tile Hill housing estate where he grew up. Using Humbrol enamels, Shaw began making the works in a fit of nostalgia after he had left home and moved away. Over time, the paintings became a kind of ‘I woz ere’ written in retrospect.

Scenes from the Passion: The Shrine, 1997, copyright George Shaw, courtesy Wilkinson Gallery, London

For the first time, this collection of paintings is shown in the place they represent. Many viewers will recognise the specific pubs, street corners, rows of garages, trees and shops, but less familiar is the unsettling resonance that Shaw brings to the work.

Displayed alongside these landscapes is a new series of watercolours of previously painted places as they exist here and now. Accompanying the exhibition, Shaw also presents the works of art he made as a child in the early 1970s to the summer before he went to art school in 1985. There is a series of creative events linked to this exhibition. Please visit for updates.

Events Heritage Shared: Asian life in Britain Archive FREE Saturday 24 September 10.30am – 3.30pm

Heritage Open Weekend History Fair FREE Saturday 10 September 10.00am – 5.00pm Sunday 11 September 11.00am – 4.00pm

Tours must be booked in advance. For tour times please go to or call the following numbers: Herbert Store Tour 024 7629 4774 History Centre Tour 024 7683 4060. Organised by The Coventry Family History Society as part of the national Heritage Open Days programme.

© Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Help celebrate Coventry's historical heritage and discover the Herbert's hidden treasures with separate tours of the stores and the History Centre.

Creative Writing Adult Workshops £8

Art Since 1900 17 September, 1.00pm – 4.00pm BBC Walking with Beasts Exhibition 15 October, 1.00pm – 4.00pm (includes entry to the exhibition) Coventry Arts Consortium 19 November, 1.00pm – 4.00pm Seas of Grass 10 December, 1.00pm – 4.00pm Booking is essential, call 024 7629 4774 or ask at reception. Book all 4 sessions and pay only £25!

Wanqi Yan, Hymn (writing sound), durational performance 2010.

Led by Connie Ramsay Bott and Cathy Whittaker, these workshops will stir your imagination and examine memoir, fiction and poetry.

The History Centre has organised a special opportunity to view the Herbert's significant and unique archive relating to South Asian life in Britain. The collection features Punjabi magazines, poetry, prose, political writings, photographs and oral history. This is a drop-in event. Heritage Shared month is organised by the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail. For more events see

Happy Ever After... MA Contemporary Arts Practice 2011, Coventry School of Art & Design FREE 23 September – 9 October This annual show features the creative talents of the MA students and includes performance, film and mixed media crafts. For further information please visit

Events Coventry Arts Consortium workshops £15 plus £5 materials each Life drawing workshop Tuesday 25 October 10.00am – 4.00pm Learn to draw, paint or sculpt from life using a model in this figure drawing session led by artist Tanya Kozin.

Silk painting workshop Wednesday 9 November 10.00am – 4.00pm This one day workshop led by artist Susan Moore will allow artists of any level to design and create a finished mounted silk painting.

Fowey, Silk painting by Susan K. Moore

Booking is essential for both workshops, call 024 7629 4774 or ask at reception.

PRICING INFORM ATION 20% discount for Concessions 25% discount for Friends. For further informat ion please visit www.theherbert.or g

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Herbert! Enjoy the winter festivities with a programme to delight the whole family. For further details of these, and the full programme of events, pick up a festive flyer or visit

Making Merry FREE Saturday 19 November 11.00am – 4.00pm Get into the festive spirit and enjoy a seasonal treat with local craftspeople, unique gifts, mulled wine, wreath making workshops and choirs all on hand to offer you a fabulously handcrafted Christmas.

Enamel Christmas decorations workshop £15 plus £5 materials Tuesday 29 November 10.00am – 4.00pm Create beautiful Christmas decorations in this workshop led by artist Carol Griffin. All materials are provided. Suitable for beginners. Booking is essential, call 024 7629 4774 or ask at reception.

Coming soon.... Victorian Christmas Family Day FREE Saturday 10 December Join us to experience a fun and festive Victorian Christmas with craft workshops, object handling, storytelling, traditional games and much more!

Regular Events Herbert Illuminations FREE Drop in to these lunchtime talks 12.30pm – 1.30pm The Pauper Children of Victorian Warwickshire Tuesday 20 September Rosemary Hall explores what was life like for children in Warwickshire's workhouses focussing on education, punishment and leisure activities.

Making Space for Peace: The Work of Peace Brigades International Tuesday 18 October Ruth Cherrington describes the critical work of PBI assisting and protecting human rights activists throughout the world.

Tea Dance £2 Saturdays – 8 October, 12 November, 3 December 2.00pm – 4.00pm Join us at this friendly and relaxed event with live music. Please call 024 7622 7753 for details.

Collection Conversations FREE Tuesday 25 October 2011 & Tuesday 14 February 2012 10.00am – 12.00pm Drop in to What's In Store and handle items from our natural history, archaeology and social history collections. One of the curators will be on hand to answer your questions.

The RSA: the Society that pokes its nose into everything Tuesday 15 November

Harpotunities FREE Saturdays 10 September, 8 October, 12 November 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Susan Bennett explores the history of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Informal drop-in sessions in the café where you can try your hand at the Celtic harp.

Family Events Join us for fantastic FREE family fun! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Tiny Tot Explorers: Sensory Play FREE Thursday 13 October Morning session 10.30am – 11.30am Afternoon session 1.00pm – 2.00pm This messy play session for children aged 1-3 uses many wet and dry materials and sensory textures for the children to explore and be creative with.

October half-term: Precious Things FREE 24 – 28 October Drop in anytime between 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm A hidden mouse in a painting, a mummified cat…the Herbert has collected many objects that are precious to people for different reasons. Discover some of the weird and wonderful treasures that you have never noticed before!

Secrets of the City FREE Monday 24 October 1.30pm – 3.00pm A unique opportunity for families to delve into our precious History Centre archives and discover secrets about the place in which we live! Suitable for ages 9+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Booking is essential. Please call 024 7629 4774 or ask at reception.


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