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Exhibitions & Events January to March 2020

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Bantock House Museum

Bilston Gallery

Wolverhampton City Archives

For all those who enjoy arts and culture, Wolverhampton has four fantastic venues that showcase the best of the city’s collections and make art and heritage accessible for all.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Bilston Gallery

An award-winning gallery offering fantastic collections of contemporary art and sumptuous displays of Victorian and Georgian paintings as well as a nationally acclaimed Pop Art collection. Explore the interactive permanent exhibition Materials and Making: Sculpture and Craft from the gallery’s collection or enjoy a peaceful afternoon in the first floor café.

Celebrating the heritage of Bilston, the gallery displays a collection of items from the industrial era along with the Bilston mayoral regalia.

Bantock House Museum Set in a 43 acre park Bantock House Museum is restored to its former Edwardian glory. Explore the former family home and discover stories about the Bantocks or wander through our formal garden area, café and courtyard.

City Archives An award-winning service housing a wealth of materials relating to the history of Wolverhampton. Constantly growing, the Archives’ vast collections include maps, books, census returns, newspapers, records from local schools, churches, clubs, societies and businesses, electoral registers and indexes to births, deaths and marriages. There are also over 30,000 photographs plus films, sound recordings, memorabilia and much more, all available to view.

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Temporary Exhibitions

The Bloomsbury Effect Wolverhampton Art Gallery On until Sun 16 Feb Visitors can enjoy a display of three prestigious early 20th century British paintings on loan from the Courtauld Gallery, London. This presentation is part of an ongoing collaboration which celebrates the links between Wolverhampton and the Courtauld Collection through the Courtaulds textile company. Free admission

Roger Fry, Self Portrait (detail), 1928. © Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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Courtaulds and the Fabric of Industry: A Guided Walk by Ben Waddington. Wolverhampton Art Gallery (meeting point) Sat 15 Feb, 11am – 1pm Ben Waddington leads this two-mile walk exploring the city centre and outlying back streets in search of clues of the city’s industrial past. The walk includes a visit to the City Archives to see documents related to Courtaulds’ legacy and the former site of the Courtaulds factory. Please wear footwear appropriate to urban walking and dress for the elements. Free (booking essential) Please book via Eventbrite.

Courtauld Factory, c. 1926. Wolverhampton City Archives


Temporary Exhibitions

R.J. Emerson, Sasso di Bordighera, 1925. Wolverhampton Art Gallery Collection.

Wolverhampton Society of Artists Centenary Exhibition Wolverhampton Art Gallery On until Sun 16 Feb This exhibition celebrates the centenary of Wolverhampton Society of Artists (WSA) and its continuous partnership with Wolverhampton Art Gallery. The exhibition documents the story of the Society from when it was formed in 1919 featuring a selection of works by WSA’s alumni including paintings, drawings and sculptures, alongside some archival material.


It also showcases contextual works highlighting the history and achievements of WSA against the wider development of British art in the period 1919 – 1929. The final section showcases works by current members of the Society. Free admission

Temporary Exhibitions You may also be interested in…

Sat 4 Jan 11am – 2pm Themed sketching event inspired by 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s

Sat 11 Jan 11am – Alumni talk by curator Brendan Flynn

12.30pm – Wolverhampton Society of Artists 1919 – 2019 book launch 2pm – Current Members Exhibition Appraisal by the President of WSA Keith Oram

Sat 18 Jan 11am – 2pm Themed sketching event inspired by 1950s and 60s

Sat 25 Jan 11am – 2pm Artist demonstrations: Norm Keech demonstrating modelling in polymer and wire along with Sarah Stokes who will be painting a kingfisher in watercolour.

Sat 1 Feb 11am – 2pm Themed sketching event inspired by 1970s and 80s

Mary Gwenillian Gibson, Angel (detail), 1920 – 1930. © Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Sat 8 Feb 11am – 2pm Artist demonstrations: John Maule-ffinch who will be demonstrating landscape painting in watercolour whilst Ron Satterthwaite will be demonstrating portraits in acrylics.

Sat 15 Feb 11am – 2pm Sketching sculptures

All above listed events are free. No need to book just turn up to Wolverhampton Art Gallery. 5

Temporary Exhibitions

Paul Graham, Union Jack Flag in Tree, Co. Tyrone (detail), 1987. © The artist

50 Years On: The Northern Ireland Collection Revisited Wolverhampton Art Gallery On until 15 Mar Since the 1980s Wolverhampton Art Gallery has built up a unique and nationally important collection of art relating to the period of conflict in Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK known as the Troubles. This exhibition presents for the first time a new acquisition, Rocket Man by Northern Irish artist Gerry Gleason, and revisits highlights from the collection, 50 years on from the start of the Troubles and 20 years after the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. Free admission


Siobhán Hapaska, Cease Firing on all Fronts (detail), 2003. © The artist

Temporary Exhibitions

Tim Mara, The Second Room (detail), 1971 – 3. © The artist’s estate

Tim Mara: Not Pop? Wolverhampton Art Gallery On until 8 Mar This exhibition is the first posthumous survey of work by respected Irish artist Tim Mara (1948 – 97). It brings together prints from Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s collection and items from the artist’s family and Advanced Graphics London. Mara studied at Wolverhampton Polytechnic from 1970-3 and several of the works in the exhibition were made in the city. He became known for his skill and innovativeness as a printmaker and worked as an artist and teacher for 25 years, becoming Professor of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. Free admission

Tim Mara Panel Discussion Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sat 7 Mar, 11.30am Join us for a panel discussion about the work of Tim Mara. The event presents a unique opportunity to hear from a panel of celebrated art world figures, each of whom had a personal connection to Mara. The panel includes: Sir Christopher Frayling, Dr. Eric Great-Rex, Mark Hampson, Alice Mara (Chair) and Richard Wentworth CBE. Free (booking essential) Please book via Eventbrite.


Temporary Exhibitions

The McEvoy Sisters, c. 1914 in Cloghoge, County Armagh. Courtesy Mary McDonnell

Wolverhampton and Me Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sat 11 Jan – Sun 5 Apr Wolverhampton and Me uses the story of the Mayor of Wolverhampton’s family history to reflect on the wider history of the city and its people. From its roots in England and Ireland, the Mayor’s family tree has developed links around the world – much like the global links of the city itself. It tells a complex story of migration and change. At the heart of the exhibition a specially designed family tree is used as a vehicle for exploring social and political changes and the ways these impact on individuals’ lives. This will be presented with items relating to the Mayor’s family 8

members, as well as works on the theme of family from the Art Gallery’s collection. Visitors are invited to explore their own family links through an interactive map and resources available from the City Archives. This exhibition has been initiated by Councillor Claire Darke, Mayor of Wolverhampton and her Consort Dr Paul Darke. Free admission

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Stories from My Family: A presentation by the Mayor of Wolverhampton City Suite, Civic Centre WV1 1SH Fri 31 Jan, 2pm This informal event provides attendees with an opportunity to share their own family histories, taking the family tree of the Mayor and Consort of Wolverhampton as a starting point. Light refreshments will be provided. Free (booking essential) Please book via Eventbrite.

The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Claire Darke

Q&A with the Mayor of Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sat 29 Feb, 11am – 12pm Join the co-curators of Wolverhampton and Me, the Mayor and Consort of Wolverhampton, who will discuss the main ideas behind the exhibition. Topics of discussion will include the use of the family tree as a metaphor for the city and the nation and one that represents global shifts in migration and social changes through the lives of members of a single family. Free, drop in

Family Tree Day City Suite, Civic Centre WV1 1SH Fri 20 Mar, 10am – 4pm Join us to explore the research that goes into creating a family tree. There will be practical advice and presentations by speakers from City of Wolverhampton Archives and elsewhere as well as a buffet lunch provided. £12 per person / £8 Concessions (plus booking fee) Please book via Eventbrite. The proceeds of ticket sales will be donated to the Mayoral charities, Suicide Prevention and the University of Wolverhampton Bursaries for Local Students.


Temporary Exhibitions

Jason Bell, Meera Syal, 2002. Courtesy the National Portrait Gallery, London

Meera Syal: COMING HOME Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sat 11 Jan – Sun 5 Apr Meera Syal: COMING HOME presents a portrait of the renowned comedian, author and actor Meera Syal by celebrity photographer Jason Bell, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London. Bell’s photograph of Syal is the result of a collaboration between artist and sitter. It exposes the techniques used to create a portrait and pokes fun at Bollywood stereotypes, a recurring theme in Syal’s work.


The National Portrait Gallery’s COMING HOME project sees the Gallery sending portraits of well-known individuals to places they are closely associated with. Fifty artworks from the national portraiture collection will travel to towns and cities across the country. Visitors are encouraged to tell us what home means to them by leaving comments on luggage tags provided in the exhibition. The responses will contribute to a specially composed poem by Wolverhampton’s Poet Laureate, Emma Purshouse. Free admission

Temporary Exhibitions

Toy Theatre Sheets Bantock House Museum Sat 11 Jan – Sun 29 Mar The art of making toy theatres dates back to the early 1800s. Miniature stages, prosceniums characters, scenery and props were printed onto paper from copper plates and sold by publishers and stationers as individual sheets. From Victorian melodramas to pantomimes and historical romances, this exhibition takes a closer look at those uncut sheets and the art behind their design. Free admission

Image courtesy of the National Puppetry Archive.

Wolverhampton Young Photographer 2019 Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sat 25 Jan – Fri 21 Feb Wolverhampton Young Photographer 2019 showcases over 50 photographs by this year’s competition finalists, all aged 18 or under. The selected entries have been taken on a variety of devices from mobile phones to high-end SLR cameras and include portraits, landscapes and wildlife photography as well as creative images using visual effects. This year’s special category is ‘movement’. Wolverhampton Young Photographer Competition is organised by Wolverhampton Photographic Society and last year attracted over 200 entries from young people within the WV postcode area. The exhibition is also sponsored by Tettenhall Rotary Club, with prizes sponsored by local businesses.

Wolverhampton Young Photographer Award Presentation Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sun 9 Feb, 2pm All welcome. For more information visit: Free admission


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Season Launch

Joseph Nash, Queen Victoria driving out with Louis-Philippe from the Quadrangle, Windsor Castle, 1844, 1844. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019


Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour Wolverhampton and Me Meera Syal: COMING HOME Phoebe Cummings: This Was Now Wolverhampton Art Gallery Fri 6 Mar, 5 – 8pm Join us for the launch of our new exhibitions, Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour and Phoebe Cummings: This Was Now, and take the chance to revisit Wolverhampton and Me and Meera Syal: COMING HOME. Free – no need to book, just drop in

Phoebe Cummings, Source (detail), 2018 Installation view, Bornholm Kunstmuseum, 2018. © The artist


Temporary Exhibitions

Paul Jacob Naftel, The Queen and Prince Albert landing at St Pierre, Guernsey, 24 August 1846, 1846. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sat 7 Mar – Sun 31 May To mark the bicentenary of the births of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 2019, a touring exhibition from the Royal Collection will explore the royal couple’s collecting of watercolours as a record of their public and private lives together. Travelling to three museums and galleries across the country, Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour will feature almost 70 works from Victoria and Albert’s collection, several of which will be on public display for the first time. Free admission


The accompanying publication, Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour, published by Royal Collection Trust, will be available to buy from the Wolverhampton Art Gallery shop for £19.95.

Temporary Exhibitions You may also be interested in…

The Many Faces of Queen Victoria Wolverhampton Art Gallery Fri 6 Mar, 7pm

Queen Victoria: A Very Modern Family Wolverhampton Art Gallery Tue 4 Apr, 11.30am and 1.30pm Two performances to celebrate Queen Victoria and the roles she played throughout her life, as a daughter, mother, wife and queen. Donations welcome – drop in


Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sat 4 Apr 2pm – 3pm Join Carly Collier, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust, for a curator’s tour of the exhibition Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour. Free admission


Watercolour Painting Masterclass Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sat 16 May, 11am – 4pm Join us for a watercolour painting masterclass inspired by the exhibition Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour. Learn about watercolour painting techniques and create your own artwork to take away. Materials will be provided. Suitable for adults, students and teachers. £50 per person (plus booking fee) £35 concessions (plus booking fee): students, unwaged, 60+ Places are limited, booking essential. Please book via Eventbrite.


Temporary Exhibitions

Phoebe Cummings, Untitled (detail), 2010 Š The artist. Photograph by Sylvain Deleu

Phoebe Cummings: This Was Now Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sat 7 Mar – Sun 31 May This exhibition explores ceramics as a time-based medium and seeks to understand the multiple ways we might record transient sculpture; individually and collectively. Currently one of the most interesting British ceramic artists, Phoebe Cummings will create a new work in raw clay within the gallery space, which will continue to evolve over the course of the exhibition. The gallery will operate as a site of live production and research where the


public are invited to be active in the process of recording the changing work through drawing and writing, which will also grow and accumulate across the gallery wall. An album of these public responses will be created as a permanent trace of the project, whilst the sculpture itself will be recycled and the clay taken forward in future works. Free admission

Temporary Exhibitions You may also be interested in…

Phoebe Cummings at Work

Clay Workshop with Phoebe Cummings

Wolverhampton Art Gallery Wednesdays 11, 25 March 8, 22 April 6, 20 May 10.30am – 2.30pm

Wolverhampton Art Gallery Tue 7 Apr, 11am – 12pm

Phoebe Cummings will be in residence every other Wednesday during the exhibition run. Visit to see her at work. Free admission

Children and parents alike can get creative during the holidays at our clay workshop with artist Phoebe Cummings, inspired by her current solo exhibition at the Gallery. Free event - drop in



Recording Memories: Carly Collier, Phoebe Cummings and Catherine Loveday in conversation

Ceramics Masterclass with Phoebe Cummings

Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sat 25 Apr, 2 – 3pm

Learn from Phoebe Cummings about different ceramic techniques, including mouldmaking and freehand shaping. This is an excellent opportunity to learn directly from one of the best British contemporary ceramic artists. All materials and light lunch are provided. Suitable for adults, students and teachers. £50 per person (plus booking fee). £35 concessions (plus booking fee): students, unwaged, 60+ Please book via Eventbrite

Phoebe Cummings: This Was Now coincides with the exhibition Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour, on tour from Royal Collection Trust. Join Carly Collier, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust, artist Phoebe Cummings and neuropsychology Professor Catherine Loveday in a conversation focusing on the theme of memory and recording, drawing parallels between the two exhibitions and the ways in which we preserve and activate memories of the ephemeral. Free (booking essential) Please book via Eventbrite

Wolverhampton Art Gallery Sat 9 May, 11am – 4pm


Permanent Exhibitions

Fossil Fuelled – Prehistory to Powerhouse Bilston Gallery The story of Bilston begins with its internationally important rocks and fossils. These precious minerals made it possible for industry to flourish and with it the creativity and ingenuity that helped to define the region. Arriving in the exhibition you will be greeted by a Sunbeam motorcycle and a three-metre long Dromaeosaurus. The exhibition features objects from many of the town’s industries, including cut steel jewellery, bicycles and the world-famous Bilston Enamels. You’ll also learn about famous Bilston companies including Sankey, Beldray and Sunbeam. 18

We have a family-friendly dinosaur room which is home to Barry the Baryonyx, real fossils from the Dr. Fraser Collection and dinosaur fossil casts such as the famous Archaeopteryx, T.rex and Triceratops. You can design your own dinosaur and even dress up like one! Additional interpretation includes custom made videos explaining more about the region’s history and geology. Free admission

Permanent Exhibitions

Materials and Making: Sculpture and Craft from the Gallery’s Collection Wolverhampton Art Gallery Materials and Making showcases a selection of sculpture, ceramics and glass from the Art Gallery’s collection. The exhibition features historical and contemporary sculptural objects which are richly textured and made from different materials using a variety of processes and techniques. The abundance of shapes and patterns on display invites visitors to explore and enjoy their surfaces and forms, some of which can be touched. Free admission

Thomas Wright (1899 – 1962), Mother and Child. © Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Contemporary Collections Wolverhampton Art Gallery This ongoing exhibition highlights some of the Gallery’s collection of contemporary art and recent acquisitions, including Earth by Yinka Shonibare, which was shortlisted for Art Fund’s work of the year 2018. Free admission Yinka Shonibare, Earth, 2010. © the artist and Wolverhampton Art Gallery



Art at Lunchtime

Antiques Fair

Wolverhampton Art Gallery 29 Jan 12 Feb 4, 18 March

Bantock House Museum 2 Feb & 1 Mar 9.30am – 3.30pm

Our popular Wednesday lunchtime talks last about 10 minutes and start at 1.30pm. Come along to the Art Gallery and join us for free bite-size discussions about art. Each session explores a different work on display, either from the Gallery’s own collection or within one of our temporary exhibitions. Ideal for students. Free admission No need to book, just turn up

Bantock’s regular antiques fair is widely regarded as one of the best in the region. Dozens of traders descend on Bantock to offer everything from costume jewellery to ceramics and furniture. Refreshments are available from the Courtyard Café from 10am. There is limited free parking available on site too. £1.50 – Adults Under 16s – Free

Still Lively Wolverhampton Art Gallery 22, 29 Jan 5, 12, 26 Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 Mar 10.30am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm Developed for over-55s these weekly sessions are led by artist Sam Hale who will offer support and encouragement as you embark on a creative journey to hone and improve your artistic skills. £4 per session. To book a place call 01902 552055



Drop in and Draw Day Wolverhampton Art Gallery Wed 29 Jan 10.30am – 1pm or 2pm – 4pm Join us for the taster session to drop in and draw around the Gallery. Find out more about the Still Lively drawing group. Free tickets can be booked via Eventbrite or drop in on the day.


Art Forum (Young Adult) Wolverhampton Art Gallery 5 & 19 Feb 4 & 18 Mar 5 – 7pm, with some extended workshop days Sessions for young adults aged 14 to 25, offering the opportunity to work with practicing artists, experiment with new art techniques and learn about careers in galleries and museums. You can also work towards your Bronze Arts Award and have the chance to build up your arts portfolio. Workshops take place 5pm to 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. To book your place email:

Friends Helping Hands Sessions

Bantock Antique Valuation Day

Wolverhampton City Archives Sat 8 Feb, 10am – 1pm

Bantock House Museum Thu 13 Feb, 11am – 2pm

Free drop-in sessions for assistance with family history, delivered by members of the Friends of Wolverhampton City Archives. Free admission

Join specialists from Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd to discover the value of your treasured possessions. These valuation days are organised by The Friends of Bantock and are a vital part of their fundraising. Drop in – donations welcome


– Sat 1 Feb – 2pm – 3pm

JOHN EDGAR - INTERSIGNS - TALES FROM A BRETON FIRESIDE TRANSLATED AND RETOLD BY JOHN EDGAR ‘Nobody dies without an intersign. They’re like shadows, pictures of what’s going to happen.’

For his third Literature Festival dip into Breton folklore, John Edgar brings us another dark and bleakly comic compilation of ‘wonderfully feral’ stories from a land where everything ultimately depends on your dealings with the other side. Tickets: £6.50 (+ booking fee) 3.30pm – 4.30pm

DAISY BLACK - MAPPA MUNDI ‘Here, I found beasts like minotaurs, useful for war’. Let the twelve winds blow you to the far corners of the Earth; meet mermaids and mandrakes; and follow the trail of Adam’s burnt footprints all the way back to Eden. Storyteller Daisy Black takes you on a tour around the medieval map of the world. A show full of marvels, including saints and giants, heroes and devils, grisly cannibals and Norwegian skiers. Weaving together medieval maps and travel writing with oral storytelling, this show is your passport to see the world through fourteenth-century eyes. Just watch out for the monsters lurking at the edges of the map. Tickets: £6.50 (+ booking fee) 22

5pm – 6pm

CATH EDWARDS TALES FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE A deliciously chilling collection of stories: ghosts, hauntings and mysterious occurrences. Some of these tales are creepy, some are poignant, some are even funny – just don’t walk home alone! Tickets: £6.50 (+ booking fee)

6.30pm – 7.30pm

TIM RALPHS - REBRANDING BEELZEBUB Rebranding Beelzebub shines a spotlight on Him Downstairs in a performance shaped by razor wit, diabolical horror, absurd confessions and guffaws fit for the unholy host. Tim presents innovative re-imaginings of traditional tales as he exhumes the bones of old Devil stories and stitches them a new skin. This grand collection spans supermarket stalls, urban sprawls, mad drunken preachers and widow’s sons. Darkly humorous with disturbing turns and a distinct whiff of sulphur. Tickets: £6.50 (+ booking fee)

8pm – 10pm

CHAIN REACTION (AN ALCHEMY OF STORIES) Bantock Coach House is being taken over for the evening to bring together an alchemy of storytellers for this multi-voice storytelling night. When storytellers get together, wonderful things can happen - one teller's tales will set another teller thinking and so the story thread evolves into a rich tapestry of fables. This performance will never be repeated in quite the same way again - don't miss it! With Tim Ralphs, Daisy Black, Cath Edwards and John Edgar. Tickets: £9 (+ booking fee) 23


Introduction to Family History Wolverhampton City Archives Fri 28 Feb, 10.30am – 1.30pm (six week course) A six week course (Friday mornings) designed for complete beginners and those who have done a little research but don’t know what to do next. Participants will finish the course with the knowledge of where to find records and the confidence to use them to trace at least one line of their own family history back to the early 1800s. This course will cover birth, marriage and death registration, and the census records, before moving on to military, criminal, employment, and many other records, which tell the unique story of each person’s family.


To participate it is not necessary to have family roots in the City of Wolverhampton or the Black Country, as the records are the same for all of England and Wales, and Scottish records are very similar. For those with roots outside of the UK this is a good starting place as, by understanding English records, it is then possible to move on to researching overseas. £30 per person for the six week course. Book in advance by calling 01902 552055.


Talk by Adyolly Richmond – History of the West and East Parks in Wolverhampton Wolverhampton City Archives Thu 5 Mar, 11am – 1.30pm A look at how and why both parks were initiated, highlighting their historic importance in the wider community within Wolverhampton. Members Free Non members £2

Craft Shopping Fair Bantock House Museum Sat 7 & Sun 8 Mar, 11am – 4pm This event showcases and supports local home-grown talent and other small enterprises. Textiles, needlework, papercraft, candles, organic products, ceramics, pamper produce, shabby chic homewares, contemporary and vintage jewellery and much, much more! £1 admission Children under 12 free

Vintage and Vinyl Fair Bantock House Museum Sun 22 Mar, 11am – 5pm Join us throughout the year at our Vintage and Vinyl Fairs where you can pick up a little treat for yourself or a loved one. There will be large selection of records, vintage accessories, clothing and homewares in the tractor sheds and crafts and gifts in the house. Free Parking, refreshments at the Courtyard Café. £1 admission Children under 12 free


Half term

Family Portraits

Pop Art Screen Printing

Wolverhampton Art Gallery Mon 17 Feb, 11am – 2pm

Wolverhampton Art Gallery Thur 20 Feb, 11am – 12.30pm

Splatter paint your family tree and create a royal crown for a family portrait.

Have a go at screen printing, inspired by the Tim Mara: Not Pop? exhibition and make some colourful pop prints to take home.

£2 per child (plus booking fee). Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite or paid on arrival.


£5 per child (plus booking fee). Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite or paid on arrival. Booking in advance is recommended as spaces are limited. Suitable for ages 7+

Early years

Little Grown-ups

Bilston Boddlers

Bilston Gallery Thursdays during term time 9, 16, 23 & 30 Jan 6, 13 & 27 Feb 5, 12, 19 & 26 March 1pm – 2pm

Bilston Gallery Fridays during term time 10, 17, 24 & 31 Jan 7, 14 & 28 Feb 6, 13, 20 & 27 March 1pm – 2pm

Little Grown-ups focuses on providing families with babies and toddlers the freedom and space to enjoy playing – from dressing-up, going to work and running a busy home – children can create their very own imaginary worlds. £3 per child or £4 for two children. Pay on arrival.

Bilston Boddlers are fun sessions for families with babies and young children which provide all kinds of imaginative materials and toys for building, making, exploring and playing. They aim to develop children’s cognitive development, physical movement and motor skills, as well as their creativity. £3 per child or £4 for two children. Pay on arrival.

Baby Bears Creative Play Wolverhampton Art Gallery Tuesdays 14, 21 & 28 Jan 4, 11, 18 & 25 Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 March 11am – 12noon Our creative, sensory play sessions for families with babies and toddlers are led by artists and early years educators. Take time to relax, imagine and find inspiration in the Gallery’s exhibitions. £3 per child or £4 for two children. Pay on arrival.


Cafés Our new menus offer everything from an early morning bacon sandwich* to a tasty pastry, healthy lunchtime meals to fantastic cakes; perfect for an afternoon treat. Whatever time of day you visit there’s certain to be something to tempt you. Nestled at the top of the building the Gallery Café is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Pop in and enjoy delicious food, great drinks, and friendly service all in inspirational surroundings. For visitors to Bantock House Museum and Park we have a popular café with outdoor seating where, on a sunny day, you can soak up the sunshine and enjoy good food in a lovely setting. Why not try our new Bantock Vegan Blush with Red Pepper Humus, Baby Spinach Leaves, Cherry Tomatoes, Topped with Caramelised Red Onion & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Gallery Café Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.15pm Sunday 11am – 3.30pm Bantock Courtyard Café Every day 10.30am – 4pm Menus available online.

*only available at Bantock café.

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We provide great catering and not just at the Art Gallery – there’s Bantock House, Bilston Gallery and Wolverhampton City Archives, all available for hire too. Contact us on 01902 556245.

Friends and Donors

Friends of Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Friends of Bantock House and Museum

The Friends play a vital role in helping the Gallery to develop the permanent collections by supporting the acquisition of new works. Since the group was first formed in the 1970s the Friends have supported the acquisition of many new works. By joining the Friends you will be able to take part in a range of activities, lectures and coach trips. Annual membership is £10 for individuals and a family membership is £15. Please contact the Membership Secretary, Michael Neal for an application form,

The Friends is a registered charity raising funds to support the council in developing the Museum and Park’s full potential and plays a vital role in promoting and preserving this place of local heritage for the local community, and visitors from further afield. Periodic newsletters are sent out to members to inform them of the group’s activities and plans. Funds raised through subscription fees, quarterly valuation days and a presence at other organised events, have enabled purchases to be made to enhance the experience of visiting the museum and park. Over the years these have included period fixtures and furnishings for the house, and more recently autumn planting in the Dutch Garden and the replacement of the Lutyens bench in there. Annual membership subscription fees are £10 for a single person and £15 for a household. For details of becoming a member, email: bantockfriends@ or call 01902 331272

Friends of Wolverhampton City Archives The Friends is an independent group supporting and promoting the work of the Archives. We have a programme of regular meetings held at the Archives on the first Thursday of each month. Membership, with regular newsletter, is £10 p.a. or come along as a visitor for £2 per meeting. Contact: Penny or Jackie on friendswolvesarchives@ for further information or visit



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Events and Exhibitions Guide January - March 2020  

With its family friendly displays and interactives, Wolverhampton Art Gallery can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. See permanent display...

Events and Exhibitions Guide January - March 2020  

With its family friendly displays and interactives, Wolverhampton Art Gallery can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. See permanent display...