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Exhibitions & Events

© Christian Philipp Müller. 2562km, 1993/2005

February – April 2011

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS Ground Level 17 February – 10 April Ground Level explores how contemporary art, mapping and cartography collide. Traditionally the role of the cartographer has been to produce a geographically precise and impersonal description of the landscape. However, cartography has rarely been a wholly objective enterprise. As technology grants access to satellite imagery the cartographer’s work has moved further into contested areas, such as ownership, rights to land, and the flows of people. The exhibition brings together the work of international contemporary artists who have explored this subject. By creating their own maps and surveys their work puts forward idiosyncratic readings of language, peoples, signs and geography. Ground Level, Curatorial Open II is curated by Kit Hammonds, winner of the 2010 Hayward Curatorial Open, a platform for innovative curatorship in the UK. Ground Level is the second in a series of Hayward Touring Curatorial Open exhibitions. This Hayward Touring exhibition has been selected and developed in partnership with John Hansard Gallery; QUAD, Derby; Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno and Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum.

© Kayle Brandon and Heath Bunting. BorderXing, 2004

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS Ground Level Lunchtime Talk Friday 18 February, 1 – 1.30pm Join Chloe Johnson, Senior Curatorial Officer, for an introduction to the Ground Level exhibition. This 30-minute event is part of our regular Friday Focus programme. FREE, no need to book

I LOVE LEAMINGTON Tuesday 22 February, 11am – 4pm Join artist Anna Francis to photograph the Parade and create posters which will show an unusual side to Leamington Spa. These posters will go on display in the Art Gallery. £8 per person Recommended for ages 15 – 18 years Places are limited, please call 01926 742700 Payment required to confirm booking

© Center For Land Use Interpretation. The Hydraulic Models of the Army Corps of Engineers, 2010

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM Events SONIC WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS Saturday 5 March, 10.30am – 4.30pm Saturday 12 March, 10.30am – 4.30pm Take inspiration from the Ground Level exhibition and join artist Cormac Faulkner to experiment with sound and photography during this two day workshop. The results of these sound works will be showcased in the Art Gallery and launched during a Friday Focus lunchtime talk at 1pm on Friday 18 March. £20 per person, for two workshops Places are limited Please call 01926 742700 Payment required to confirm booking

ANIMATE! Saturday 19 March, 11am – 4pm Work with a professional film maker to create animated films inspired by the Ground Level exhibition. The results will be screened as part of our Thursday Flickers programme. £6 per person Ages 12 – 16 years Places are limited, please call 01926 742700 Payment required to confirm booking


Jewellery Workshop for Adults Saturday 2 April, 10.30am – 4.30pm Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum has organized a range of affordable arts and crafts events for adults, titled CRAFT STUDIO. This jewellery workshop will encourage participants to experiment with a range of materials and techniques. £10 per person Places are limited, please call 01926 742700 Payment required to confirm booking

Ground Level Curator’s Talk Thursday 7 April, 6.30 – 7.30pm Curator Kit Hammonds will talk about the ideas and inspiration behind the works that appear in the Ground Level exhibition. £3 per person (free entry to FLAG members and students) Places are limited, please call 01926 742700 Payment required to confirm booking

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM REGULAR Events FRIDAY FOCUS Fridays at 1pm Spring programme 21 January – 25 March Learn something new in your lunch break! Friday Focus lunchtime talks cover a wide range of topics. Come and discover some of the fascinating facts and stories behind our exhibits. The talks are informal and last about 15 minutes.

COLLECTION CONNECTION Local personalities are regularly asked by the Art Gallery & Museum to choose their favourite exhibit. The participants talk about the exhibit and why they selected it during a special Friday Focus.

THURSDAY FLICKERS Thursdays, 6.30 – 7.30pm Spring programme 3 March – 28 April Watch and discuss films and videos made by local film makers and artists.You can also follow our Thursday Flickers blog at If you would like to screen your work email These regular events are free, there is no need to book. Please ask at the art gallery reception desk or visit wdc/royalpumprooms Performance video by for current programmes. Jackdaw with Crowbar

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM family events Half Term Art Club

Thursday 24 February, 2 – 4pm Create imaginary maps using a wide range of collage materials. Art Club sessions last 30 minutes; they start at 2, 2.45 and 3.30pm. FREE, drop in and join in Recommended for ages 6 – 12 years

Storytelling Event

Saturday 16 April, 12noon – 2pm Come and listen to stories about legends in Leamington Spa. This storytelling event celebrates culture in the run up to the Olympics 2012. Free, drop in and join in Suitable for the whole family

Easter Art Club

Thursday 21 April, 2 – 4pm Get creative and make a memory box for your journeys. Art Club sessions last 30 minutes; they start at 2, 2.45 and 3.30pm. FREE, drop in and join in Recommended for ages 6 – 12 years

Events Most family events are free and are delivered on a drop in basis. There is no need to book but at busy times you may be asked to wait. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM family events Art Cart Family Fun

Last Saturday of each month, 1 - 3pm Join us for family art and craft sessions in the galleries using our mobile Art Cart. Create your very own artwork to take home. FREE, drop in and join in Recommended for children up to 12 years The Art Cart is also available during normal opening hours. Explore its drawers and pockets to discover lots of activities inspired by the displays.

Haddie’s Gallery Join Haddie the circus elephant and explore our family gallery to discover what life was like for a child in Victorian Leamington Spa. Enjoy fun interactive exhibits, dressing up and activity sheets.

Haddie’s Trails For Under 5’s Haddie’s Trails are designed to help families with young children to explore the displays. The trails can be collected from the art gallery desk. There are four different themes to try.


SCHOOLS RESOURCES We offer resources for teachers to lead school visits on a number of curriculum topics for key stages 1 and 2.

Our schools resource Barnaby Bear Goes Travelling is a Geography Project linked to Art & Design. It is ideally suited to Years 1 and 2.

Follow a trail around the gallery, or use our free activity boxes which cover World War II, Ancient Egypt, the Victorians and Geography. We also have two online schools resources, A Walk Around Victorian Leamington Spa and Toys and Games. These are available within the spotlights section of the Windows on Warwickshire website, All schools resources are free. For more information or to book a visit please telephone Roz Crampton on 01926 742700.

This Victorian horse and cart toy is featured on the Toys and Games website spotlights/toysandgames

Additional Information

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST If you would like to join our free mailing list and receive regular updates about our events and exhibitions, please call 01926 742700 or email

ONLINE COLLECTIONS You can explore Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum’s collections online. All 11,000 items in our wide ranging collections have been added to an electronic archive including over 5,000 images. To access the online collections visit www.lsagmcollections. Š E. Mary Podmore. Flurry, You can also watercolour on paper access the website from the computers in the galleries. Become a fan of Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum on Facebook and read regular posts about all the latest news and events.

FRIENDS OF LEAMINGTON SPA ART GALLERY & MUSEUM (FLAG) FLAG support the Art Gallery & Museum, particularly by helping to fund the purchase and conservation of works of art. FLAG also organise a programme of events and visits. They always welcome new members. To find out more, please contact Maureen Chapman on 01789 840703 or visit www.

Additional Information

ARTS DEVELOPMENT SERVICE The Arts Development Service associated with Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum provides advice, advocacy and support for artists and arts Armonico Consort’s main choir. organisations who For more information please visit work and/or live within Warwick District. Please call 01926 456231, visit or email for more information.

ARTS ON OUR DOORSTEP Arts on our Doorstep is a new scheme that will enable local people to bring arts to the heart of communities across rural Warwick District and Rugby Borough. Practical advice and support alongside resources up to the value of ÂŁ5,000 will be provided to help local groups and individuals to organize exciting and innovative small arts projects within their community.Visit artsonourdoorstep for more information.

CULTURE IN WARWICK DISTRICT To find out about events and activities taking place across Warwick District go to leisure


Mozart Quartet K465, Nielsen Quartet No 1, Beethoven Quartet Op 127

MARTINU QUARTET Friday 18 March, 7.30pm

Mozart Quartet K590, Martinu Quartet No 5, Dvorak Quartet Op 106


Saturday 30 April, 12noon PIATTI STRING QUARTET, GOTTTLIEB WALLISCH piano Smetana and Brahms


Sunday 1 May, 7.30pm SMETANA PIANO TRIO Novak, Dvorak and Brahms

Monday 2 May, 12.30pm GOTTLIEB WALLISCH piano Brahms, Strauss and Liszt

Monday 2 May 7.30pm GEMMA ROSEFIELD cello and friends Strauss, Brahms and more

Smetana, Brahms and Dvorak

Tuesday 3 May, 12 noon, MADELEINE MITCHELL violin, NORIKO OGAWA piano

Sunday 1 May, 12 noon LUCIE SPICKOVA mezzo soprano, LADA VALESOVA piano

Tuesday 3 May, 7.30pm ENSEMBLE 360

Brahms, Dvorak, Mahler and Novak

Dvorak, Suk, Brahms and Kreisler

Dvorak, Strauss and Brahms

Tickets on sale at the Visitor Information Centre in the Royal Pump Rooms and the Bridge House Theatre. Call 01926 776438 or see www.bridgehousetheatre. Full details from

Other services at the royal pump rooms THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS The Assembly Rooms are available for hire for concerts, weddings, parties and conferences. Please call Redcliffe Catering on 01926 313774 for details.

The Assembly Rooms about 1920

Regular events include: CEROC DANCING Every Monday, 7.30pm A popular partner dance similar to salsa, but without the complicated footwork! Beginners are welcome. For more information please contact John Baker on 07736472597

other services at the royal pump rooms

The Royal Pump Rooms about 1950

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Leamington Visitor Information Centre’s helpful staff have a wealth of local knowledge and can provide information and advice for visitors and residents alike, including about guided walks and tours, things to see and do, and where to eat and shop.

LIBRARY & INFORMATION SERVICE The Library is located in the beautifully converted public swimming pool. The historic surroundings house the very latest in computer and research technology.

TEA ROOMS The present Tea Rooms offer a menu including lunches, a range of cakes and pastries and tea and coffee. The image below shows how the Tea Rooms used to look about 1950.


HOW TO FIND US Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum is in the Royal Pump Rooms, on The Parade, opposite Jephson Gardens.

If travelling by car, leave the M40 at Junction 13 and follow directions into Leamington Spa on the A452. Follow signs for the town centre. The Royal Pump Rooms is a 10 minute walk from Leamington Spa Railway Station. There are direct rail services from London Marylebone, Birmingham, Oxford and Coventry.

PARKING There is limited parking outside the Royal Pump Rooms. Parking is reserved for disabled visitors approximately 10 metres from the entrance. Coach parking is available on Newbold Terrace approximately 50 metres from the building.

ACCESS The art gallery is on one level and the museum is on two levels accessible by stairs and chairlift. There is wheelchair access throughout the building, including toilets. For more information please telephone 01926 742700 or ask at the art gallery reception desk.

Facilities & Services

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

01926 742700

Visitor Information Centre

01926 742762

Leamington Library

01926 742721/742722

Tea Rooms & Assembly Rooms

01926 313774

Art Gallery & Museum Opening Hours Art Gallery & Museum Opening Hours Tues, Wed, 10.30am 5pm – 5pm Tues, Wed, Fri,Fri, SatSat 10.30am Thurs 1.30pm – 8pm Thurs 1.30pm - 8pm & Bank Hols 11am – 4pm SunSun & Bank Hols 11am - 4pm Mon Closed Mon Closed

admission free Open Bank Holiday Open Mondays Bank Holiday Mondays (except Christmas and New Year) (except Christmas and New Year)

Contact us at: Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum Royal Pump Rooms The Parade Leamington Spa CV32 4AA email

Royal Pump Rooms Guide Feb - Apr 2011  

Your essential guide to the exhibitions and events and The Royal Pump Rooms Art Gallery and Museum from February to April 2011.