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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

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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Wed 29
10am - 12pm

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Story Loom Weaving

£18 • Friends £16

Join modern weaver Mary Maddocks for a freestyle weaving class, learning the basics of weaving on a frame loom and using a wide range of interesting and unusual materials to create your own woven story. Suitable for 7-11 year olds, this class is all about fun and creativity, using your hands to make something totally personal and unique, and doing something calm and mindful that makes you feel good. For ages 7-11

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June

Wed 5
10:30am - 11:30am

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Sketch Cafe (June)

Free entry

Run by resident illustrator and passionate sketcher Eve Coy, these monthly sessions are just the ticket for those wanting to explore and discover different methods of sketching.

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Wed
5 Jun -
26 Jun
4:30pm - 5:30pm

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Wednesday Art Club

£32 • Friends £30

Explore a variety of mixed media techniques including drawing, printmaking and collage. This fun and friendly weekly class, led by marvellous maker Hannah Dyson, is the perfect place for creative youngsters with artistic promise to really flourish as well as introducing a whole range of brilliant art and making skills to keep you entertained throughout the summer hols! For ages 7-11. 4 week course

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Sat 8
10am - 1pm

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My Family and Other Stories

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

Join inspirational writer Sarah Erskine on this special workshop to capture a family memory using storytelling. Working together across the generations you’ll write stories and bring back to life those memories to pass on and on. A day to share stories, relive memories and work as a family.

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Sat 8
7:30pm

live looping cello guitar voice one man orchestra

DuoTone

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

Like an alchemist Barney Morse-Brown weaves a plethora of instruments of epic orchestral power; including his pioneering and unconventional cello playing. The coterie of instruments are layered with a masterful use of a looper and overlaid with his gentle, sonorous vocals to create a body of music wrapped in a comforting blanket of musical intimacy.

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Sat 15
10am - 12:30pm

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Cartoons and Comics (am)

£16 • Friends £14

A brilliant morning sesh with Kev F Sutherland, cartoon wizard and master of the comic strip, is back to help you learn how to draw, design and conceive the most amazing caricatures and comic strips. With Kev’s boundless energy, passion, enthusiasm and talent as inspiration, you’ll quickly pick-up everything that you need to know about designing comics. Everyone will leave with a published magazine plus an individual caricature drawn by the main man himself! Ages 7-11.

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Sat 15
1:30pm - 4pm

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Cartoons and Comics (pm)

£16 • Friends £14

A brilliant afternoon of working with Kev F Sutherland, cartoon wizard and master of the comic strip, is back to help you learn how to draw, design and conceive the most amazing caricatures and comic strips. With Kev’s boundless energy, passion, enthusiasm and talent as inspiration, you’ll quickly pick-up everything that you need to know about designing comics. Ages 7-11.

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18 Jun -
26 Jul
10am - 4pm

painting with wool wet felting textiles bold colourful detailed fine art

Sarah Brooker

Free entry

In the earlier part of her creative career, Sarah experimented with various media including sculpture and metal before focussing her career on the then fairly unknown medium of wet-felting. Her ability to draw is reflected in the intricacy of her felted pieces where she seems to be able to literally “paint” with wool. The wet-felting process itself, which involves hot water, soap and friction is a magical process which bonds the fibres permanently. Sarah is drawn to using natural fibres such as merino fleeces, flax and silk to create beautiful colourful images that are often embellished with stitch for a textured 3D effect.

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18 Jun -
26 Jul
10am - 4pm

collage nostalgia playful domestic workshop

Miranda Millward

Free entry

Miranda Millward's work plays on memories real and imagined and her practice draws visually upon times and places where our common memories overlap. The domestic, ‘feminine pastimes’, childhood memories or childish pursuits are often visual reference points. Vintage ephemera, old postcards, children’s books, paper sewing patterns, found photographs, volumes of encyclopedia, lurid-coloured cookbooks, magazines and discarded papers are endlessly sought out, cut up, layered, juxtaposed and transformed to create collaged works that play on our collective and fragmented memories … both visual and tactile. Miranda’s work is often playful and slightly tongue in cheek but sometimes there is also a sense of menace or of a story with an ambiguous ending…

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18 Jun -
26 Jul
10am - 4pm

pressed flowers hand moulding 3d form sculpting with flowers

Shannon Clegg

Free entry

London-based maker Shannon Clegg is designer and part-time educator who works across a broad range of craft-based materials and processes to create products, furniture and objects. For her exhibition with Prema, Shannon will focus on her body of work “Bouquet” which started with a scruffy old wooden flower press abandoned at a Wimbledon car boot sale. The lucky find was pocketed and rehomed in her London studio where it was deconstructed to explore a new way of working the traditional 2D craft technique of pressing flowers. The unique hand moulding process enables flowers to be pressed into a variety of 3D vase like forms that can be displayed as a centre piece - no need for watering!

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Tue 25
7pm - 9pm

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Aromatic Self-Care Summer

£25/£24(c) • Friends £23/£22(c)

Explore essential oils that radiate the power of summer and create your own aromatherapy blends to take home. Learn and experience nourishing self-massage techniques, specific meridians (energy pathways), acupressure, yoga and guided relaxation to use and share in your daily life this summer. The price includes all materials.

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Sat 29
2pm - 2:45pm

circus science juggling family short performance workshop afterwards

Robin Dale in What Does Stuff Do? (Family Show)

£8/£6(c) • Friends £7/£5(c) • Family £19/£17(c) • On door £10

In his charmingly rhetorical debut show, Robin Dale utilises innovative juggling, physical comedy, and almost-philosophy to guide you through his mind and body of research. This afternoon showing is a special, shorter, more child-friendly performance (look bout for Robin’s brilliant family workshop at 3pm) for those members of the family who just can't help themselves!

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Sat 29
3pm - 4pm

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Doing Stuff - Family Juggling Jamboree

£5/ • Friends £4/ • Family £15/ • Friends £13

Following the derring-do of his marvellous show earlier today, here’s a great chance to meet the artist and ‘have a go’ with performer Robin Dale on this family workshop exploring the ideas and techniques of What Does Stuff Do? Learn the essentials of object manipulation as you try to master juggling with balls, water and ping pong paraphernalia. Work together to create your very own gravity defying sequences and discover hidden talents among family members. Not your regular juggling workshop!

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Sat 29
7:30pm

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Robin Dale in What Does Stuff Do? (Full Show)

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/£23(c) • On the day £15

What Does Stuff Do? is a lecture style performance in which Robin strives to understand the ever-unfolding relationships between people and stuff and to help fill in the space between art and science. His evening show is the full-length performance which is created for adults but will also be much enjoyed by young people over the age of nine.

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July

Tue 2
7pm - 9pm

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Celia Smith Wire Garden Birds

£38/£37(c) • Friends £36/£35(c)

Using a selection of recycled wire you’ll begin with line drawings and armatures to then transform into beautiful three-dimensional sculptures of garden birds, capturing their individual characteristics. Celia Smith will guide you through the process and all materials are provided so come along and give it a go!

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Wed 3
10:30am - 11:30am

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Sketch Cafe (July)

Free entry

Run by resident illustrator and passionate sketcher Eve Coy, these monthly sessions are just the ticket for those wanting to explore and discover different methods of sketching.

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Fri 12
7:30pm

bharatnatyam Kathak dance live music gesture intricate footwork

Sonia Sabri Company in Salaam

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/£23(c) • On the day £15

Salaam meaning ‘peace’ is Sonia Sabri Company’s latest stunning creation. This double-bill programme cleverly weaves a dialogue between live music and Kathak dance, celebrating harmony, inner-stillness and the simple joy of being alive.

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13 Jul -
14 Jul
10am - 4pm

stone carving technique 3D outdoor

Stone Carving from Scratch

£98/£95(c) • Friends £96/£93(c)

Over the course of this two day workshop sculptor Seb Rasch teaches you how to transform a piece of stone into a thing of beauty! You will be introduced to a variety of tools and techniques whilst creating your design in clay before moving onto a piece of practice stone. An incredibly rewarding weekend learning a new skill and bringing your ideas to life in stone.

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Sat 13
1pm - 4pm

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Cut Paste Create - Contemporary Collage

£38/£35(c) • Friends £36/£33(c)

Look, sort, choose, arrange, rearrange, cut, paste, play, create … explore a range of approaches to contemporary collage making with collage artist Miranda Millward. As well as trying out a selection of mini projects Miranda will also talk about some of the low-fi techniques, such as image transfers, used in her work. Price includes and XL unique, hand-selected ephemera pack for each participant to take away so they can carry on collaging…

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Sat 13
2pm - 3pm

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Everybody Breathe

Free entry

Take the time to find peace in the company of other folk and families. Look up and feel the love for the beauty around us as we embark on a journey of mindfulness and meditation. Bring along a cushion or a blanket. Today’s meditation will be in silence so we warmly welcome children to attend who are able to fully participate and share the silence. For adults and families with children over seven.

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Thu 18
7pm - 9pm

celia smith wire drawing sculpture

Celia Smith Wire Garden Birds

£38/£37(c) • Friends £36/£35(c)

**NEW DATE ADDED** Following the runaway success of her exhibition last season our fabulous resident artist Celia Smith is opening her studio doors for an insight into her magical method of wire sculpture. Spend some time with this remarkable artist as you unravel some of the secrets of her technique.

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