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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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February

Sat 16
10am - 4pm

cheese feta camembert

More Cheese? Yes Please!

£90/£87(c) • Friends £88/£85(c)

The brilliant Louise Talbot is bringing the next step in the cheese making journey to Prema this season. In this workshop you will be learning to make Camembert and Feta and Louise will demonstrate Boursin blue cheese spread (with homemade labneh) and Baileys Irish Cream.

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Sat 23
6pm

visual theatre imagination age 9+ dark fairytale

Tortoise in a Nutsell in The Lost Things (6pm show)

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/ • Friends £24 • On the day £15

A boy falls and finds himself in a dark and terrifying new world. It’s a world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings, dads, and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine. Performed in a unique dome structure, The Lost Things is about losing and finding things you didn’t even know you were looking for; a dark fairy-tale set in a fantastical world, where nothing is quite as it seems. For ages 9+.

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Sat 23
7:30pm

visual theatre age 9+ dark fairytale amazing

Tortoise in a Nutshell in The Lost Things (7.30pm show)

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/ • Friends £24 • On the day £15

A boy falls and finds himself in a dark and terrifying new world. It’s a world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings, dads, and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine. Performed in a unique dome structure, The Lost Things is about losing and finding things you didn’t even know you were looking for; a dark fairy-tale set in a fantastical world, where nothing is quite as it seems.

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Wed 27
10:30am - 12pm

crochet cafe group social free

Crochet in the Cafe

Free entry

Our crochet café began two years ago and has already built up a fabulous, industrious and fun-loving community of wool-mad crafters.

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March

Sat 2
10am - 4pm

Story fiction writing illustrator

Story in a Suitcase

£44/£41(c) • Friends £42/£39(c)

Does the idea of creating an amazing story and filling it with fabulous characters tickle your fancy? Then you totally need to join creative genius/author/illustrator/musician and general all-round inventive guru, Tom Percival as he reads through one of his books and gives some invaluable insights into how to bring personality and character to your illustrated creations .

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5 Mar -
13 Apr
10am - 4pm

printmaking sketches screen print monotype

Andy Lovell

Free entry

The work of illustrator and printmaker Andy Lovell is characterised by making drawings and paintings from life which are then revisited through the medium of print. The original drawings are not an end in themselves but rather aim to catch the essence of a place in a form that can be translated to print back in the studio.

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5 Mar -
13 Apr
10am - 4pm

ceramics homeware birds characterful playful

Hannah Turner

Free entry

Ceramic artist Hannah Turner began using slip-casting as a way of creating multiples of her kooky, bold and playful designs, allowing her to focus on the decoration. In 2011 Hannah joined forces with a Sri Lankan company to launch her first ranges of tableware and in 2016 added kitchen textiles to her range. Hannah works from her garden studio workshop in Bristol, and her hardest job at present is keeping up with all of her blossoming new ideas!

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5 Mar -
13 Apr
10am - 4pm

birds wire drawing sculpture recycled

Celia Smith

Free entry

Prema resident artist Celia Smith draws with wire. For her, creating sculptures is like drawing in three dimensions. Birds are her main inspiration; capturing their movement and character is her primary concern. She finds that wire has a spontaneity that can give her sculptures a feeling of life and energy.

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Tue 5
7pm - 9pm

food yum world cuisine hands-on

Sushi Making

£32 • Friends £30

Calling all sushi lovers! Join Erin Baker from the Natural Cookery School for an evening of vegetarian sushi. We will use a variety of fillings to create an array of delicious sushi. As well as the well known maki, we will also make uramaki, temak, nigiri and Erin will demonstrate a show stopping dragon roll. The evening will begin with a demonstration on how to prepare the rice for sushi, then we will move on to tips and shortcuts, hands on sushi making. You can eat or take away everything we make.

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Wed 6
10:30am - 11:30am

Sketch club social draw free

Sketch Cafe

Free entry

Prema resident artist and seasoned sketcher Eve Coy runs our monthly drawing sessions. Sketch Cafe is just the ticket for those keen to explore and discover different methods of sketching.

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Fri 8
7:30pm

dance addiction mental health self-portrait dance theatre

Stuart Waters presents Rockbottom

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • On the day £15

Rockbottom is a powerful, topical new dance theatre solo from Stuart Waters, an acclaimed performer and choreographer. Combining bold story-telling with highly physical choreography, Rockbottom is a moving and incredibly honest self-portrait of personal struggle with depression and addiction.

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Sat 9
10am - 4pm

Stained glass mosaic garden birds

Stained Glass Mosaic Blue Tit

£42/£39(c) • Friends £40/£37(c)

In today’s workshop Yvette Green from Baobab Tree Mosaics guides you through making a stained-glass mosaic blue tit on a stalk. These glorious garden bird mosaics are designed to interact with their environment, reflecting and refracting light so that they change throughout the day.

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Sun 17
10am - 4pm

Wellness calm meditation forest bathing mindful

Slow Down Sunday

£42/£39(c) • Friends £40/£37(c)

Join Catherine Forrester for a day of nourishing yoga, deep relaxation, and mindfulness meditation. We will begin the day with a gently energising yoga practice, followed by a nourishing seasonal vegetarian lunch.

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Fri 22
7:30pm

country folk young musician Nashville (or not)

Jake Morrell

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£7(c) • On the day £15

His music is possibly best described as an evocative mix of Mumfords, Eagles and even Springsteen and it’s small wonder that Jake Morrell has rapidly become one of country’s hottest new male artists in the genre.

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Sat 23
10am - 4pm

Reportage sketch draw visual journalism

Reportage Drawing – Portrait of a village

£45/£42(c) • Friends £43/£40(c)

Artist Gary Embury uses drawing to visually document a place, time or event. This is often called reportage drawing or visual journalism. This inspiring workshop with the artist introduces you to the techniques and drawing methods of reportage by taking a walk around the village.

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Sat 23
10am - 5pm

stained glass panel lead skill craft landscape

Stained Glass Landscape

£78/£75(c) • Friends £76/£73(c)

Learn the stunning, traditional technique of stained glass to create a lead panel landscape with Sarah Davis. Today’s course is ideal for beginners and those with some prior experience. You will cut colourful glass to suit your design and join the glass using traditional lead and soldering techniques to create a glass panel of your own landscape design.

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Tue 26
7pm - 8:30pm

fitness movement breath exercise gentle calm

An Introduction to Qigong

£14 • Friends £12

Qigong is moving meditation and as such improves both mental and physical health. The exercise is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and abilities, as the exercises can be adapted for most situations. This introduction led by Sally Blackman will guide you to focus on the breath, allowing it to help the body to soften, the mind to rest, whilst gently moving. Today’s session will leave you feeling relaxed, energised, calm and fitter.

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Wed 27
10:30am - 12pm

crochet cafe social free

Crochet in the Cafe

Free entry

Our crochet café began two years ago and has already built up a fabulous, industrious and fun-loving community of wool-mad crafters.

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Fri 29
7:30pm

jazz world music Europe smooth

Bristol European Jazz Ensemble

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£7(c) • On the day £15

An amazing evening at Prema, taking a whistle-stop tour of myriad of musical influences but with a distinctive, smooth, jazzy vibe – join them at Prema on the evening that we will leave the European Union. Don’t miss their shockingly pertinent EuRIP - a spoken word and jazz story based on band-members' formative memories, in Switzerland Italy Sri Lanka and The Netherlands – the ensemble’s unique look at the interwoven fabric that is today's Europe, as Brexit threatens to tear it apart!

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Sat 30
3pm - 5pm

story adventure family imagination creative

Wild Storyteller

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£7(c) • Family £36/ • Friends £32

Join author/illustrator/musician Tom Percival and take a gentle sunlit stroll through the charming, leafy countryside around Prema and see what inspiration you can find for a story!

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April

Sat 6
10am - 4pm

stitch embroidery spring posy

Spring Posy Embroidery

£40/£37(c) • Friends £38/£35(c)

Weave together beautiful colours and a variety of hand stitching techniques to create your own narrative and assemble beautiful blooms and natural elements in your spring posy.

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Sat 6
2pm - 4:30pm

sing music community expression wellbeing

Everybody Listen Everybody Sing

Free entry

An incredible singing event with Su Hart. Forget school choirs, song sheets and go back to where it all started. Listening and singing, finding your sound outside and with others. You don’t need to have any singing experience and you will never sing alone. Everybody welcome and totally free- but please book your place in advance by phoning 01453 860 703.

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Sat 6
7:30pm

world music women's voices harmonies soundwash world music

Su Hart presents Harmonium and Polyphonie

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£7(c) • On the day £15

Su Hart is a Bath-based singer and choir leader and perhaps best known as lead singer in the wonderful Baka Beyond, the internationally touring world music band. She began composing for women’s voices in 2016, drawing on knowledge from musical experiences with indigenous musicians and the inspiration of our natural world. This wordless spiralling of women's voices, embraces many interlocking vocals forms, from the hauntingly beautiful Baka Pygmy women's rainforest singing (which Su learned over many trips to Cameroon) Meredith Monk’s choral pieces (under whom she studied in 2017) to the Indian classical sing form Dhrupad ( studied in Bhopal this winter).

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May

Fri 3
7:30pm

folk dance world music party big sound

Topette!!

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c) • On the day £18

Born out of friendship, this dazzling five-piece play naturally social music – for filling dance floors, for listening, for drinking with friends – but don’t expect it to merge into the background. This is raunchy, up-all-night, joyously jugular-grabbing dance music.

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Sat 25
10am - 4pm

textiles print heatpress

Heatpress Printed Textiles

£50/£47(c) • Friends £48/£45(c)

**NEW**REVISED**DATE** Textile artist Clare Walsh is back for her second creative workshop at Prema. Drawing on her love of nature, Clare’s intriguing process transcribes the physical elements of nature using heat to print them onto textiles.

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