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Exhibitions & Events

John Bridgeman, The Manipulator, bronze

January – April 2013


Art Gallery & Museum EVENTS

Landscape to Sculpture: John Bridgeman (1916 – 2004) 25 January – 21 April 2013

LANDSCAPE TO SCULPTURE Friday Focus Extra Friday 25 January, 1 – 2pm

John Bridgeman ARCA, FRBS, FRBSA, who lived in and near Leamington Spa for over 40 years, was Head of Sculpture at Birmingham School of Art from 1955 to 1981. This exhibition is the first retrospective of his diverse practice and includes sculptures, drawings, maquettes and paintings.

Join Senior Curatorial Officer Dr Chloe Johnson, the artist’s daughter Dr Jane Bridgeman and Professor MA Michael for an introduction to the Landscape to Sculpture exhibition. Free, no need to book A series of Friday Focus talks will take place through February, March and April to accompany the exhibition.

John Bridgeman working on the final plaster for Coventry Cathedral’s Mater Dolorosa sculpture

Although he trained as a landscape painter, Bridgeman became fascinated by sculpture. In the 1940s Henry Moore invited Bridgeman to become his studio assistant, but this offer was rejected as Bridgeman was determined to pursue an independent career. During World War II he started work on an installation titled Torture Wall, which he continued to develop throughout his career. The exhibition will include a construction of this work, which has never before been publicly displayed. The exhibition will be complemented by a new public artwork by Birmingham-based artists Simon & Tom Bloor. Design for Pleasure was inspired by John Bridgeman’s large scale ‘play sculptures’ which were installed in a number of playgrounds in the West Midlands in the 1960s. The work, which will be sited in the Pump Room Gardens, is a functional sculpture that offers the generation who first enjoyed Bridgeman’s play sculptures a place to stop, sit and talk.

John Bridgeman, Coast of Kent, c.1952, gouache on paper

LIFE DRAWING WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS Saturday 16 February, 11am – 4pm

John Bridgeman, Female Nude, c.1960s-70s, bronze

Study the human form, with artist Suminder Sahota. Draw and paint in response to the sculptures in the Landscape to Sculpture exhibition and work direct from a life model. £15 per person. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking. Non-refundable.

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM Events DESIGN FOR PLEASURE In Conversation with Simon and Tom Bloor Thursday 7 February, 6 – 7pm Join Simon & Tom Bloor for an introduction to the artwork in the Pump Room Gardens, which was created in response to the work of John Bridgeman, Play Sculpture, John Bridgeman. c.1960s, cement The event will be followed by a tour of the commissioned sculpture. Free but places are limited, please call 01926 742700.

Life Drawing Classes for Adults Thursdays 28 February – 4 April, 5.30 – 7.30pm This six week CRAFT STUDIO series offers you the opportunity to enjoy untutored drawing sessions with a life model. Bring your own drawing equipment. £30 for 6 sessions. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking. Non-refundable.

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM Events Sunday Sketching Session Sunday 3 March, 1 – 3pm An opportunity to practice your sketching skills, working within the Landscape to Sculpture exhibition. All materials will be provided. Free, but places are limited, please call 01926 742700. John Bridgeman, Female Nude, pencil drawing

John Bridgeman, Torture Wall, c.1952-60, bronze

LANDSCAPE SCULPTURE WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS Saturday 16 March, 11am– 4pm In response to the Landscape to Sculpture exhibition artist Terry Webster will introduce participants to clay modelling techniques. All materials will be provided. £15 per person. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking. Non-refundable.


ART GALLERY & MUSEUM family events Events Events

LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS Saturday 13 April, 11am – 4pm

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.

Taking inspiration from John Bridgeman’s landscape paintings and drawings join artist Mary Riley to sketch on location in Jephson Gardens. £15 per person. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking. Non-refundable.

Half Term Art Club

Thursday 21 February, 2 – 4pm

John Bridgeman, Play Sculpture c.1960s, cement

Inspired by John Bridgeman’s play sculptures, have a go at creating your own ideal 3D playground. Art Club sessions last 30 minutes, starting at 2.00, 2.45 and 3.30pm. Free, drop in and join in. Recommended for ages 6 – 12 years.

Easter Art Club

Thursday 4 April, 2 – 4pm

John Bridgeman, Landscape, 1947, pastel on paper

Inspired by John Bridgeman’s imaginary creatures, have a go at creating your own illustration and poem. This event is organised in collaboration with Leamington Library. Art Club sessions last 30 minutes, starting at John Bridgeman, Dove, 2.00, 2.45 and 3.30pm. pastel on paper Free, drop in and join in. Recommended for ages 6 – 12 years.

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM Family Events Arty Tots

First Wednesday of each month 11am - 12noon Arty tots sessions run in the art gallery on every first Wednesday of each month. They include free play and simple art activities for under 5s and their carers. Free, drop in and join in.

Art Cart Family Fun

Last Saturday of each month 1 - 3pm Join us for family art and craft sessions in the art gallery using our mobile Art Cart. Create your very own artwork to take home. Final entry at 2.45pm. Recommended for children up to 12 years. Free, drop in and join in. 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

SCHOOLS SCHOOLS RESOURCES We offer resources for teachers to lead school visits on a number of curriculum topics for key stages 1 and 2. Follow a trail around the galleries, or use our free activity boxes which cover Ancient Egypt, the Victorians, World War II and Geography. We also have two online schools resources, A Walk Around Victorian Leamington Spa and Toys and Games. These are available Our schools resource Barnaby Bear Goes Travelling is a Geography Project within the linked to Art & Design. It is ideally suited spotlights section to Years 1 and 2. of the Windows on Warwickshire website,

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.

All schools resources are free. For more information or to book a visit please telephone Roz Crampton on 01926 742700.

Haddie’s Trails For Under 5s 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. There is no need to book and admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events. For more information about these activities, including opening times, visit or call 01926 742700.

This gas mask was made for small children and infants during World War II

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM New Acquisitions Jacqueline Donachie

Additional Information CRAFT STUDIO FOR HIRE

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum has a permanent collection consisting of fine art, craft, sculpture, local and social history, archaeology and ethnography. The Art Gallery & Museum has added Medical History as a collecting area since the move to the Royal Pump Rooms in 1999. Jacqueline Donachie, Weight, This reflects the history 2008, pencil on mapping paper of the building as a centre for medical treatments for nearly two centuries, especially hydrotherapy and physiotherapy. A major step forward in this area has been the acquisition of work by established contemporary artists as a part of the Medicate project carried out with the support of the Wellcome Trust between 1999 and 2005. Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum has continued to build on this legacy by acquiring contemporary artworks that in some way reference the medical.

Our Craft Studio is available to hire for educational visits and workshops, or for one-off meetings. Please call 01926 742700.

Glasgow-based artist Jacqueline Donachie (b.1969) has a special interest in healthcare and bio-medical research. She graduated from the Glasgow School of Art’s influential Environmental Art department, which encouraged artists to place their work in a variety of public contexts outside the gallery space. Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum chose to acquire Donachie’s Weight because this installation – which crosses sculpture, drawings and photographs – resonates visually with some of the medical treatments that previously took place in the building. The original concept of the work was to respond to muscular dystrophy.

To access the collections online visit You can also access the website from the computers in the galleries.

Weight, Susan’s Eyes and Winter Trees (2008) are currently on display at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. They were purchased through the Contemporary Art Society’s Acquisitions Scheme.

COLLECTIONS ONLINE You can explore Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum’s collections online. All 12,000 items in our wide-ranging collections have been added to an electronic archive including over 5,000 images.

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

ARTS DEVELOPMENT SERVICE The Arts Development Service provides advice, advocacy and support for artists and arts organisations who work and/or live within Warwick District. Please email for more information.


MOTIONHOUSE YOUTH Motionhouse Youth is an exciting new dance company for 14 - 19 year olds. This is a unique opportunity to work with Motionhouse’s professional dancers with a view to collaborating and creating exciting choreography for performance. The company will meet every Friday and the hour and a half session will include a dynamic and inspiring technique class, followed by a fun devising process creating dance pieces for performance. To find out more contact 01926 800109.

ARMONICO CONSORT SPRING SEASON Bach B Minor Mass, 2 February at St Mary’s Church, Warwick, 7.30pm Armonico Consort & Baroque Players perform this masterpiece of the Baroque period and one of Bach’s final works. Bernstein Chichester Psalms, 14 March at St Mary’s Church, Warwick, 7.30pm Armonico Consort are joined by Warwick School and the AC Academy to perform this haunting work. Musical Director: Christopher Monks For further information & tickets please see or contact 0844 338 0338

Carducci Quartet

Haydn Quartet in G minor Opus 74 No 3 The Rider Britten Quartet No 1 Debussy Quartet.

SKAMPA STRING QUARTET (Czech Republic) Friday 22 February, 7.30pm Mozart Quartet in B flat K589 Kapralova Quartet No 1 Opus 8 Beethoven Quartet in E flat Opus 74 The Harp.

BRENTANO STRING QUARTET (USA) Friday 15 March, 7.30pm Beethoven Quartet in G Opus 18 No 2 Brahms Quartet in A minor Opus 51 No 2 Bartok Quartet No 4.

LEAMINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEKEND 3 - 7 May This year’s theme is British Music in the Britten Centenary Year. Artists invited include the Sacconi, Coull, Fitzwilliam and Carducci Quartets. Booking opens early March. Tickets on sale at Bridge House Theatre and Visitor Information Centre, Royal Pump Rooms. Call 01926 776438 or see Full details from

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

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Leamington Visitor Information Centre’s staff have a wealth of local knowledge and can provide information and advice for visitors and residents alike, including 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.

THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS The Assembly Rooms are available for hire for concerts, weddings, parties and conferences. Please visit for more information.

CAFÉ The Café offers a menu including lunches, cakes, pastries, and tea and coffee.

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 directly outside the Royal Pump Rooms. Parking is reserved for disabled visitors approximately 10 metres from the entrance. There is a drop off point for coaches on Newbold Terrace.

ACCESS The art gallery is on one level and the museum is on two levels, the upper accessible by stairs and usually by chairlift. There is wheelchair access throughout most of 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

Café & Assembly Rooms

01926 311978

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 Mondays Bank Holiday Mondays Open Bank Holiday (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

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Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum What's On January - April 2013

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Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum What's On January - April 2013