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Prema is a family friendly Arts Centre, promoting performance, live music and art exhibitions as well as accessible workshops, classes and creative experiences for kids and adults.

Prema, near Dursley in the Stroud valleys, offers an affordable day out for all folk in the South West.

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We have three exhibition spaces at Prema - the glorious upstairs room (which is often used for shows, workshops and classes), the cafe gallery and the Crafts Council sponsored showcase.

Prema Arts Centre is open Tue-Fri 10.30am until 5pm and admission to all exhibitions is completely free. If you're making a special trip over to see any of our exhibitions do give us a tinkle on 01453 860703 just to check that all spaces are available for viewing for the time of your visit.

We're often open at weekends too although the upstairs gallery may not be accessible due to a workshop taking place or a theatre doing a get-in.

February

27 Feb -
9 Apr

figurative painting drawing model

Paul Fowler

Free entry

For his current project Paul Fowler introduces us to the unsung slaves of the artist’s studio – the lay figure. A visitor to a renaissance studio might have witnessed a lay figure in use to help rehearse composition, the fall of light and the painting of drapery and clothing when the sitter was absent. Paul’s most recent body of work begins to explore these characters as individuals, allowing their identity to flourish, posing poignant questions about the subject matter and, at times, giving the viewer a disquieting experience.

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27 Feb -
9 Apr

ceramic functional vessels bright colour

Ken Eardley

Free entry

His background in textiles and love for colour and pattern is abundantly clear across Ken Eardley’s ranges of functional ceramics. The work is hand-built using slabs of earthenware formed into cylinders that are then manipulated to make the vessels. Once fired they are then decorated using under glazes and hand cut stencils to create the bird, flower and elegant pattern motifs before a final firing using a layer of transparent glaze.

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27 Feb -
9 Apr

illustration print landscape colour

Hannah Dyson

Free entry

After moving to Stroud seven years ago artist Hannah Dyson fell in love with the Cotswold valleys. She explains “The landscape here feels exotic and it’s easy to imagine an ‘other’ world still hiding in its hollows. Sometimes these elementals can be found in my drawings.” Hannah joins us in late February as one of our new artists in residence. For her new body of work Hannah has taken the story of John Daniel as inspiration for six of the brand new illustrations in her Prema exhibition.

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