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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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March

Tue 26
7pm - 8:30pm

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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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Fri 29
7:30pm

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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27 Apr -
28 Apr
10am - 4pm

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Painting a Local View with Ros Wise

£68/£65(c) • Friends £66/£63(c)

Using a landscape close to your home, a view of your beloved garden from a bedroom window or the memory of holidays abroad for inspiration, spend a glorious weekend with painter Ros Wise. To get the absolute most out of this fabulous creative weekend, we recommend that you focus your medium to working with bold brush marks, using acrylics or gouache to paint on canvas, emulating Ros' much sought-after work.

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Mon
29 Apr -
8 Jul
6:30pm - 7:45pm

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Mindful Yoga and Relaxation

£56/£53(c) • Friends £54/£51(c)

Join Catherine Forrester from Helix Yoga for a relaxing and nurturing start to the week. This is a gentle yoga class designed to help you find more comfort and ease in your body and mind, suitable for beginners as well as those interested in exploring a new perspective for their practice. Catherine’s supportive approach is also ideal if you have medical conditions or limitations to your mobility. All postures and movements can be adapted to suit your needs.

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May

Fri 3
7:30pm

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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 4
10am - 1pm

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Leather Travellers' Notebook

£39/£36(c) • Friends £37/£34(c)

In today’s workshop with book binding expert Emily Northen you will make a reusable leather notebook cover and a selection of handmade notebooks for use within. These are great to carry with you as all contents are protected by the leather cover and you can change notebooks as needed. Perfect for travel journals, note taking, bullet journals, diaries, sketchbooks, the options are endless.

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Sat 4
10am - 4:30pm

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Hedgerow Baskets

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Transform seasonal hedgerow materials into a functional basket with willow weaver Helen Lomberg. Weave a variety of homegrown or locally sourced materials such as red dogwood, the silvery snowberry, grey hazel and other willows to create a sturdy basket.

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Tue
7 May -
18 Jun
7pm - 8pm

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Qigong

£48/£45(c) • Friends £46/£43(c)

Qigong is a moving meditation which is renowned for its benefits for both physical and mental health. Led by Sally Blackman, this introductory course is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Each session will leave you feeling relaxed, energised and a whole heap calmer as focusing on the breath allows the body to relax and mind to soften whilst making gentle movements. 6 week course

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Tue
7 May -
2 Jul
7pm - 9pm

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Tuesday Potting Shed

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

Get stuck in and explore the foundations of pottery through this weekly class devised by ceramicist Geg Fayle. Learn to hand-build and throw on the potter’s wheel, explore different surface textures, slips and glazes for decoration to create some truly sensational ceramics. This relaxed, flexible class offers you the chance to work at your own pace on a unique ceramics project. Our Potting Shed course takes place in Geg’s garden studio near Slimbridge.

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Thu
9 May -
20 Jun
3:45pm - 4:30pm

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Creative Ballet

£38 • Friends £36

Creative Ballet offers the perfect way to channel energy into creativity whilst learning the basics of ballet, improving coordination, flexibility and musicality. Learn the core foundations and traditions of ballet without the pressures and confinements of grades. Dance artist Keziah Benbow guides you through a number of creative and fun ballet exercises before putting your skills into practice as you choreograph a routine with your fellow dancers to improve your confidence and improvisational skills. You’ll totally love it – it’s bags of fun! For ages 6-10. 6 week course.

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Thu
9 May -
20 Jun
4:45pm - 5:30pm

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Kids' Contemporary Dance

£38 • Friends £36

Our contemporary dance class for kids provides the perfect platform for young people to learn the basic techniques in a fun and friendly way. With Keziah Benbow’s upbeat and playful approach, this class positively encourages choreographic invention and helps to build confidence as your dancing vocabulary begins to grow. Enjoy the freedom to experiment and devise choreography, incorporating dance styles from everything from folk to street. The perfect starting block for any young dancer and a great way to embrace expressive ideas through dance. For ages 6-10. 6 week course

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Thu
9 May -
4 Jul
7pm - 9pm

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Thursday Potting Shed

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

Get stuck in and explore the foundations of pottery through this weekly class devised by ceramicist Geg Fayle. Learn to hand-build and throw on the potter’s wheel, explore different surface textures, slips and glazes for decoration to create some truly sensational ceramics. This relaxed, flexible class offers you the chance to work at your own pace on a unique ceramics project. Our Potting Shed course takes place in Geg’s garden studio near Slimbridge. 8 week course

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Thu
9 May -
20 Jun
7pm - 8pm

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Contemporary Dance

£56/£53(c) • Friends £54/£51(c)

Using creative expression through fluid movement and combining elements of several dance styles allowing your mind and body to connect. This brilliant course led by choreographer and performer Keziah Benbow is just perfect for dancers and for those who want to develop their movement skills and fitness whilst having heaps of fun. 6 week course

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Sat 11
2pm - 4pm

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Mindful Family

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

Today we offer the most gloriously peaceful antidote to the fast-paced modern family life with a gentle afternoon workshop in the company of yoga and mindfulness practitioner Catherine Forrester. Throughout the two hour session, develop a host of new skills for inclusion in a brilliant toolkit to use time and time again back at home, when the pressures of everyday life and school start to become too much. Family price for 2 adults + 2 kids. Suitable for young uns over the age of seven.

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Thu
16 May -
27 Jun
7pm - 9pm

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Creative Writing

£55/£52(c) • Friends £53/£51(c)

Join Sarah Erskine for six sensational creative writing sessions exploring a range of narrative styles and genres to help discover your unique voice. This course is perfect for complete beginners as well as those at any stage of their writing journey. A variety of short writing tasks will underpin aspects of the literary craft, from knowing where to start and how to edit. You will work both independently and in collaboration with others to develop a portfolio of stories and scripts. 6 week course

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Wed 22
7pm - 9pm

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Contemporary Loom Weaving

£35/£34(c) • Friends £33/£32(c)

Join modern weaver Mary Maddocks for an evening of weaving. You will learn everything you need to know to create a beautiful wall hanging inspired by nature, picking up a host of weaving techniques. A wide range of natural and vintage yarns will be provided for you to experiment with. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience, this workshop is the perfect introduction to what is a very free and creative craft, with huge meditative and wellness benefits too.

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Sat 25
10am - 4pm

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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 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 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!

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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.

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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
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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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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13 Jul -
14 Jul
10am - 4pm

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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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