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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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May

Wed 30
10am - 3pm

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Little Italy

£28 • Friends £26

In the first half of the day you’ll be sitting down with chef Erin Baker from the Natural Cookery School to learn a thing or two about Italian cuisine. You will be making fresh pasta dough and playing around with a variety of shapes and flavours before sitting down to a delicious dish of tagliatelle and tomato sauce. After getting creative in the kitchen you will be joined by our lovely resident artist Hannah Dyson to create your very own split pin marionettes from the classic Italian folk tale Pinocchio! For ages 7+

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Thu 31
10am - 12pm

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Mosaic - From Sea to Sky

£22 • Friends £20

Make a colourful creepy-crawly from broken cups and crockery! Our wonderfully exuberant resident artist Emma Leith is here to share some mosaic magic as you learn to make dazzling dolphins from the deep blue sea and beautiful birds from the sky above. This workshop is the perfect for creative youngsters aged 6-9 who want to give mosaic a go, no previous experience required.

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June

Tue 5
7pm - 9:30pm

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Fermentation

£30 • Friends £28

Learn the fundamentals of fermentation with Erin Baker from The Natural Cookery School. Fermentation is an ancient tradition of preserving food which has been practiced by cultures around the world for centuries and holds countless health benefits. Erin is here to take you through what foods to ferment and the preservation process. You will spend the first half of your evening exploring the process of making sauerkraut, kimchi, water keifer, kombucha, fermented vegetables and salsas before sitting down to enjoy your culinary creations.

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Wed
6 Jun -
27 Jun
4:30pm - 5:30pm

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Wednesday Art Club

£32 • Friends £30

Join our endlessly inventive resident artist Hannah Dyson for this 4 week exploration into the wonderful world of drawing and making! These sessions are ideal for mini-Monets in the making who would benefit from a creative space which allows them to develop their artistic skills and their own creative “voice”. Explore a wide variety of mixed media techniques including drawing, printmaking and collage, you can even try your hand at making miniature books to fill with visual stories. This fun and friendly weekly class is the perfect place for creative youngsters with artistic promise to really flourish, with heaps of nifty tips and tricks from Hannah to help them out along the way.

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Sat 9
10am - 4pm

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Curiosity Shop - Still Life for Beginners

£45/£42(c) • Friends £43/£40(c)

Want to learn how to draw in a day? Join artist Paul Fowler and uncover a number of still life drawing techniques that will sharpen your observation and challenge your imagination using a huge variety of interesting and unusual subjects.

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Wed 13
7pm - 9pm

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Fiction for the Fearful

£22 • Friends £20

A head full of ideas and a pen full of ink ... but where to start? Join creative practitioner Sarah Erskine for a fiction masterclass that is sure to get your literary juices flowing. With heaps of creative tasks and playful writing activities to get you thinking outside the box, Sarah will encourage you to plant the seeds of a story and provide you with the know-how on how to help them germinate.

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Sat 16
10am - 1pm

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Mosaic Birds - Swallows and Swifts

£40/£37(c) • Friends £38/£35(c)

Mosaic Marvel Emma Leith returns with this shorter workshop, perfect for anyone wishing to dip their toes into the wonderful world of mosaic. With the option to choose between two beautiful designs, Emma will teach you the skills required to design and make your own masterpiece and all the dos and don’ts for crafting the perfect swift or swallow.

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Sat 16
10am - 11am

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Capoeira Taster

£8 • Friends £6

Originally created by African slaves in Brazil, Capoeira is a physical discipline which combines self-defence, dance, music, acrobatics and martial arts. Join instructors Mestrando and Lua from Oficina Da Capoeira England for a unique taster session that will introduce you to the rich traditions of Capoeira. This fun and lively session encompasses physical and musical/percussive elements and is a great opportunity to learn something new! For ages 7+

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Tue 19
7pm - 9pm

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Embroidery for Beginners

£28 • Friends £26

Here’s the perfect introduction to creative, freehand embroidery. Textiles artist Jayne Emerson leads our Tuesday evening session which transforms the humble sewing electric machine into the most awesome drawing implement. Inspired by Jayne’s beautiful exhibition in Vestry Cafe, you’ll be exploring all manner of applique decoration with flowers, leaves and seed pods as your focus.

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Wed 20
10am - 10:45am

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Parent & Toddler Dance Taster

£12 • Friends £10

Our lovely bubbly dance teacher Marie-Louise Flexen leads this heart-warming session, perfect for you and your little one. This exploration of music and dance is a great way to learn how to communicate through movement and will introduce you to some basic dance and ballet techniques.

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Fri 22
7pm - 8pm

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Dancing for Dummies

£12 • Friends £10

Two left feet? Well this evening’s taster session is a step in the right direction! Join wonderfully energetic and exuberant dancer Keziah Benbow as you learn how to feel the beat and move to the music. Perfect for the rhythmically-challenged or dedicated dad-dancer, this fun, light-hearted session is a great introduction to dance and the perfect lesson in how to let your hair down.

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Sat 23
10am - 4pm

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Chinese Brush Painting

£48/£45(c) • Friends £46/£43(c)

Delve into the fascinating ancient art of Chinese brush painting with the wonderful Katrina Stephens. You will explore the intricacies and delicacies of this beautifully fragile painting technique using a range of authentic, traditional materials.

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Sat 23
10am - 1pm

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Time Lord Photography

£16 • Friends £14

This fun workshop presents a series of processes which play with light, colour and time to create multiple fascinating results. These clever photography tricks create deceptive, ghostly images that play with reality and provide hours of fun for any young person interested in photography and camera work. Bring along a torch and any device that can take a picture and soon you will be lost in a world of visionary illusions. For ages 9-13.

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26 Jun -
4 Aug

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Andy Rose

Free entry

Wiltshire-based photographer Andy Rose has been truly bitten by the travel bug! In his exhibition with us this summer, Andy offers us glimpses of his travels across Europe, India and the Arctic. His journey throughout life has been as varied as the locations he visits each year.

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26 Jun -
4 Aug

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Vanessa Conyers

Free entry

Dorset-based ceramic artist Vanessa Conyers is renowned for her luxurious ceramics that deftly blend constructed earthenware clay with graphic textile prints, traditional enamel decals and shimmering metallic lustre. She graduated from Bath Spa University in 2004 and now exhibits in galleries across the UK and farther afield.

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26 Jun -
4 Aug

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Owen Davey

Free entry

Owen Davey is an award-winning illustrator who lives and works in Leicester. Inspired by mid-century design, he uses a palette of warm, muted colours to create illustration and environments that are simultaneously contemporary and nostalgic. He has worked with clients from across the globe and is behind the Flying Eye best-sellers Mad About Monkeys and Smart About Sharks.

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Fri 29
7:30pm

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Whiskey Shivers

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c)

Here we have a diverse group of masterfully talented musicians stand head-and-shoulders above so many within the traditional bluegrass world. Their genre-defying sound has been described as “apocalyptic Americana” and “frenetic bluegrass with a punk spirit”. Don’t miss them raising the roof at Prema in the first of two astonishing world music gigs this summer weekend. Book early, don’t dally!

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30 Jun -
1 Jul
10am - 4pm

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Stone Carving from Scratch

£98/£95(c) • Friends £96/£93(c)

Summer’s here and we’re going out into the garden for a weekend of working al fresco, discovering the joy of working with stone. Sculptor Sebastian Rasch leads our two day workshop which introduces you to a variety of tools and techniques to transform a piece of stone into a thing of rare beauty!

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Sat 30
7:30pm

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Kabantu

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c)

Manchester-based Kabantu unravel new hybrids of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures meet. Uniting indigenous musical strains from several diverse worldwide traditions, the quintet concocts its own charismatic arrangements to create an exhilarating sound brimming with enthralling improvisation, scorching rhythms and beautiful melody.

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July

Fri 6
7:30pm

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Coco & the Butterfields

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c)

A really, really welcome return from the truly fizzing CoCo & the Butterfields - an English indie-pop band from Canterbury. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Dulcima Showan, guitarist and vocalist Tom Twyman, keyboards from Jamie Smith, guitarist Rob Wicks and bass player Patrick Channon. Don’t miss them – they’re awesome!

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Sat 7
10am - 4pm

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Willow Sculpted Animals

£76 • Friends £74

With winter behind us, we’re limbering up for summer in the garden with willow weaving wizard Helen Lomberg. Today’s workshop presents the perfect opportunity for families with green fingers who are looking for a fun and imaginative project to get stuck into. With Helen’s trusted expertise and friendly guidance, you will design and weave your own willow sculpted animal, perfect for any garden or patio. Suitable for children aged nine plus. Price covers two adults + 2 kids (or equivalent)

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Sat 14
12pm - 3pm

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Touched Theatre in Little Monsters

Free entry

Beccy Smith and Darren East the writer and puppeteer from Touched Theatre (who many of you will remember from last season’s captivating Twinkle Twinkle show) are looking for some help from you (and your own little monsters) as they start work on their brand new show. Beccy and Darren will be sharing their stories and collecting stories from you about just what scares you and what can make you feel brave. Today’s free drop-in storytelling and play session is perfect for small people aged 2 - 5 and their families.

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Fri 20
7:30pm

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People's String Foundation in Res Publica

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c)

The People's String Foundation are an army of bohemians and vagabonds hailing from the grass roots of British music culture; Mixing world, Classical and urban styles in anarchic embroilment. This Cornish band is fronted by the virtuoso violinist Ben Sutcliffe (Director Of Music for Rogue Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre and the Minack Theatre) with co-founder and composer Zaid Al-Rikabi at the core. This summer Ben and Zaid are packing their 32 piece Gypsy Orchestra into a suitcase and taking the “Virtual Orchestra” on tour as a live duo, with their newest album release “Res Publica”. This music is sure to set your heart racing, get your toes tapping, and warm the soul with the people’s spirit and grafters' hearts.

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