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Exhibitions & Events

Portrait of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (1532 – 1588)

April – September 2011

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS OPEN 2011 21 April – 12 June Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum’s biennial OPEN exhibition will feature selected work by artists based in the West Midlands. A distinguished panel of judges will select from a wide range of work including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital media and craft. There will be one overall prize winner and a People’s Choice Award. All exhibited works will be for sale. If you are interested in submitting a work for the OPEN 2011, please collect an entry form from the art gallery desk or telephone 01926 742700. Submission date Thursday 14 April, 1.30 – 7.30pm.

© Grace Newman, A force to be reckoned with, acrylic ink on x-ray print and lightbox, displayed in OPEN 2009

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS LORD LEICESTER’S WARWICKSHIRE: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ROBERT DUDLEY 25 June – 18 September The central figure in the exhibition will be Robert Dudley (1532 – 1588), Earl of Leicester, the ambitious and flamboyant favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. Feared and envied by contemporaries, it was rumoured that he ordered the murder of his first wife, Amy Robsart. Major events featured in the exhibition include the visits of the queen to Warwick Castle in 1572 and to Kenilworth Castle in 1575. Both visits were celebrated with lavish entertainments, particularly the 19 days of ‘Princelye Pleasures’ at Kenilworth, which involved water pageants, fireworks, plays, dancing and sports. Robert Dudley left a lasting imprint on Warwickshire. Kenilworth Castle was extensively refurbished by him. The home for military veterans he founded in Warwick still survives as Lord Leycester’s Hospital. He has also flourished as a character in fiction, beginning with Sir Walter Scott’s novel Kenilworth and continuing today in historical novels and dramas.

Detail from Lynsey Cleaver’s reconstruction painting showing Robert Dudley visiting Warwick in 1571

The exhibition will showcase the Dudley heritage of Warwickshire, with displays of paintings, prints and objects drawn from local collections.


Life drawing classes for adults Thursdays 7 April – 12 May, 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. £25 for 6 sessions. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW... Lunchtime Talk Friday 15 April, 1pm To celebrate the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, Curatorial Officer Vicki Slade will present a special wedding themed Friday Focus talk. Find out about the history of wedding traditions, from the origins of the white dress to the significance of broomsticks! This event is part of our regular Friday Focus programme. Free, no need to book

Victorian wedding photograph

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM Events OPEN 2011 Awards Ceremony Thursday 5 May, 6 - 7.30pm, speeches at 7pm Join us for the presentation of the OPEN 2011 Award. Find out which artwork the independent selection panel has chosen for this prestigious award. Free, no need to book

LAUNCH OF POSTCART Friday 6 May, 1 – 1.30pm Join us for the launch of our PostCart touch screen game. Artist Gérard Mermoz will introduce the artwork he created for this digital device. Free, no need to book

Silk Painting for Adults Saturday 7 May, 11am – 4pm Learn basic silk painting techniques and ways to explore pattern and colour. Participants will be encouraged to develop their own unique style. £10 per person. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking.

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM Events OPEN 2011 People’s Choice Award Ceremony Friday 3 June, 1 – 1.30pm What is your favourite exhibit in the OPEN 2011? You can vote until Sunday 29 May for your best-loved artwork. Join us for a presentation of the People’s Choice Award and find out which artwork received the highest number of public votes. This 30 minute event is part of our regular Friday Focus programme. Free, no need to book

© Terry Webster, Raven in Winklepickers, winner of the People’s Choice Award in 2009

Felt Making Workshop for Adults Saturday 4 June, 11am - 4pm Develop your felt making skills and experiment with decorative techniques to make an attractive wall hanging or vessel. £10 per person. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking.

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM Events LORD LEICESTER’S WARWICKSHIRE Family Open Day Saturday 25 June, 12noon – 3pm Join in a day of Tudor family fun inspired by the Lord Leicester’s Warwickshire exhibition. Join in arts activities and let Tudor inspired musicians and dancers entertain the whole family. Free, drop in and join in

Robert and Lettice Dudley’s tomb in the Beauchamp Chapel, St Mary’s Church, Warwick

LORD LEICESTER’S WARWICKSHIRE Lunchtime Talk Friday 1 July, 1 – 1.30pm Join Jeff Watkin, Heritage & Arts Manager, for an introduction to the Lord Leicester’s Warwickshire exhibition. This 30-minute event is part of our regular Friday Focus programme. Free, no need to book

Printmaking Workshop for Adults Saturday 3 September, 11am - 4pm Experiment with mono printing and try out new ideas. Create a selection of prints and attach them together into your own book. £10 per person. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking.

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM Events HERITAGE OPEN DAYS Friday 9 September, 1pm Take a guided tour of the Royal Pump Rooms. Find out about the building’s vibrant history and discover what goes on behind the scenes. Free, no need to book Black and white photograph of the marble corridor inside the Royal Pump Rooms, by Walden Hammond

LORD LEICESTER’S WARWICKSHIRE Elizabethan Drama Summer School Swords, daggers and men in tights! Take part in our Elizabethan drama summer school. In the classes participants will develop and stage their own play inspired by the magical ‘Princelye Pleasures’ and A Midsummer Nights Dream. Please see our website or call 01926 742700 for further information. Recommended for ages 12 – 16 years. Places are limited, please call 01926 742700. Payment required to confirm booking.

Queen Elizabeth I meeting Amy Robsart

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM REGULAR Events FRIDAY FOCUS Fridays at 1pm 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. Please visit: for up-to-date programmes of all our events and workshops.


Thursday 2 June, 2 – 4pm Have a look at and draw the different patterns in the Art Gallery & Museum. Transform your findings into fabulous hanging mobiles for your window. Art Club sessions last 30 minutes; starting at 2, 2.45 and 3.30pm. Free, drop in and join in. Recommended for ages 6 – 12 years.

Saturday 23 July, 12noon – 2pm Come and listen to stories about Tudor legends in Warwickshire. This storytelling event celebrates culture in the run up to the London Olympics 2012. Free, drop in and join in. Suitable for the whole family.

Saturday 6 August, 11am -3pm Prizes announced 3.30pm Create your own masterpiece using the Lord Leicester’s Warwickshire exhibition as inspiration. Open to children in three categories, 6 years and under, 7 - 10 and 11 - 15. Everyone who takes part will receive a small prize! Detail of last year’s Free, drop in and join in. winning artwork Recommended for ages 6 – 15 years. This event is supported by the Friends of Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum.


Thursday 4, 11, 18, 25 August, 2 – 4pm Get creative in the summer holidays and be inspired by the Lord Leicester’s Warwickshire exhibition. Our Summer Art Club offers families the chance to try out different activities every week. 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.

Saturday 20 August, 11am – 4pm Learn about the Tudors and their use of pots. Experiment with air drying clay and create your very own Tudor pot. £6 per person. Recommended for ages 6 – 12 years.

This summer the sessions will be inspired by the Lord Leicester’s Warwickshire exhibition. Free, just drop in


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.

Lively Arty Tots sessions will run at the Art Gallery & Museum between 11am – 12noon, on every first Wednesday of each month. Included will be play and simple art activities for under 5s and their carers. Free, drop in and join in.

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.

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 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 Senegalese wooden toy is featured on the Toys and Games website spotlights/toysandgames

Additional Information

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ONLINE COLLECTIONS You can explore Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum’s collections online. All 12,000 items in our wide ranging collections have Paul Braddon (1864 – 1938), High Street, Leamington, been added to an watercolour on paper electronic archive including over 5,000 images. To access the online collections visit You can also access the website from the computers in the galleries.

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 provides advice, advocacy and support for artists and arts organisations who work and/or live within Warwick District. Please call 01926 456231, visit www.warwickdc. or email for more information.

Heartbreak Productions’ 2011 outdoor theatre season opens in Jephson Gardens with The Taming of the Shrew (8 June). For more information please telephone 01926 430307 or visit

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

CONCERTS at the royal pump rooms LEAMINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL WEEKEND Friday April 29, 7.30pm PRIMROSE PIANO QUARTET Mahler, Dvorak and Brahms

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

Saturday 30 April, 7.30pm ZEMLINSKY STRING QUARTET, JITKA CECHOVA piano Smetana, Brahms and Dvorak

Sunday 1 May, 12 noon LUCIE SPICKOVA mezzo soprano, LADA VALESOVA piano Brahms, Dvorak, Mahler and Novak

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

Tuesday 3 May, 12 noon, MADELEINE MITCHELL violin, NORIKO OGAWA piano Dvorak, Suk, Brahms and Kreisler

Tuesday 3 May, 7.30pm ENSEMBLE 360 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 1950

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

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 Tea Rooms offer a menu including lunches, a range of cakes and pastries and tea and coffee.


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

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