What's On

August

17 Aug -
27 Aug

painting self-portraits street art political arts & health
Russell Haines

Russell Haines

Free entry

For his show with Prema, Gloucester-based aritst Russell Haines looks back at the past ten years and his development and growth as a painter. His self-portraits run in parallel to his recovery from a devastating brain stem stroke and form a large part of this exhibition.

Here we also gain a glimpse into his exasperation with the political picture in the UK and across the globe as well as his playful, piss-taking nature which employs street art as a mouthpiece for his frustrations, using familiar faces from the animation characters from the stable of Hanna Barbera!

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17 Aug -
27 Aug

embroidery pop art throwaway culture painterly beads & bling
Sarah Gwyer

Sarah Gwyer

Free entry

Through her dazzling and impressive body of work, textile artist Sarah Gwyer, brings embroidery to new, dizzy heights, surprise us with what is achievable using just a needle and thread!

Sarah enjoys the challenge of using a hugely time-consuming method to depict a quickly changing society and world around her.

Sarah’s influences are varied from personal experiences; pop artists like James Rosenquist to graphic design and television series. It all comes together to create work on the themes of consumerism, commercialism, and sociology, often using celebrities to do so.

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17 Aug -
27 Aug

mixed media interdisciplinary collage artists books
Zoë Heath

Zoë Heath

Free entry

Zoë Heath is a contemporary, mixed media artist based in Stroud. Following her studies in drawing and applied arts, Zoë completed her Masters in multi-disciplinary print at the University of the West of England.

Incorporating scripts, mark-making and found objects paired with her passion for paper ephemera and has resulted a diverse and fascinating body of collage work. Using found papers, letters and books that are worn, torn, and stained, she reinvents and reinterprets these to form both abstract and figurative pieces often with a new narrative and sometimes with a hint of humour.

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September

Sat 17
11am - 3pm

Painting with Chemistry

Painting with Chemistry

£22 • Friends £20

Artist Sophie Sherwood brings together art and science in today’s workshop which is just the ticket for young artists who love to experiment with new materials and imaginative means of making art. Using vitamin c tablets, coffee and washing soda, you’ll be creating your own drawing solution (none of the nasties, plenty of creative scope). Once brewed, it can then be applied onto light-sensitive materials such as darkroom paper or photographic film to create the most amazing, unique prints.

Age 10+

 

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Mon
19 Sep -
12 Dec
10am - 11am

Dance Excercise Movement
Nia Dance

Nia Dance

Drop In £10

A very welcome return to Prema for our Monday morning Nia, led each week by highly experienced and wonderfully inspiring practitioner Geri Timmins.

Nia offers a sustainable fitness and well-being practice quite like no other. Created 40 years ago, Nia combines a variety of engaging movement styles, routines, moves and music. The practice is designed to use the body in “the body’s own way” and is adaptable and entirely suitable for people of all ages, body shapes, ability and levels of experience.

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Sat 24
10am - 1pm

Plein Air Painting for Beginners

Plein Air Painting for Beginners

£55/£52(c) • Friends £53/£50(c)

We journey into the great outdoors for today’s adventure in painting outdoors. Following the success of his hugely popular Prema workshops, landscape artist Rupert Aker leads us on a short walk to the perfect viewpoint to capture the beautiful Cotswold landscape.

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Tue
27 Sep -
22 Nov
7pm - 9pm

Pottery Potting Shed Ceramics
Tuesday Potting Shed

Tuesday Potting Shed

£120/£117(c) • Friends £118/£115(c)

A friendly class which allows you to get a good grasp the foundations of pottery whilst working at your own pace under the thoughtful and gentle guidance of ceramic artist Geg Fayle.

Our Potting Shed course takes home in Geg's garden studio near to Slimbridge. Ideal for newcomers and those wanting to hone their ceramic skills in a small, creative class.

8 week course

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Thu
29 Sep -
10 Nov
9:30am - 10:30am

Dance Excercise Movement
Dancercise

Dancercise

£48/£45(c) • Friends £46/£42(c)

Dance and stretch to great music such as Charleston, pop and Latin rhythms, learning some easy-to-follow dance routines over this 6 week course. New Prema leader Tricia Dunbar leads Dancercise; a sensational new movement course which is suitable for all abilities and ideal for anyone looking to improve their general fitness and wellbeing while having heaps of fun along the way!

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Thu
29 Sep -
24 Nov
7pm - 9pm

Pottery Ceramics Potting Shed
Thursday Potting Shed

Thursday Potting Shed

£120/£117(c) • Friends £118/£115(c)

Don’t miss your chance to explore ceramics on our weekly pottery class led by the talented Geg Fayle.

Try out experimenting with a broad range of making techniques, exploring the various surface textures, slips and glazes in order to create some truly astonishing ceramic work.

Geg’s Potting Shed is friendly and relaxed, meaning you’ll be working at your own pace. deal for newcomers, returners and those who simply want to brush up on their skills.

8 week course

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October

Sat 1
10am - 4pm

Crochet for Beginners

Crochet for Beginners

£55/£52(c) • Friends £53/£50(c)

Here’s the most awesome introduction to crochet, working with our glorious buddy and yarn goddess Emma Leith. Emma’s relaxed, playful and informal style of teaching transforms learning this brilliant craft into an utterly joyful experience. Today’s session begins with the basics and we reckon by lunchtime you’ll be proficient in a variety of stitches, ready to embark on the afternoon’s project; crocheting a hat! All materials provided to get you started but we know that you yarn junkies will want to start amassing your stash so there'll be some additional woll to purchase on the day (for your next project, of course). You're totes totally gonna get bitten by the crochet bug – just think of all the presents you’ll make this Christmas!

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Sat 1
10am - 4pm

Expressive Autumn Landscapes

Expressive Autumn Landscapes

£62/£59(c) • Friends £60/£57(c)

Bethan Marriott returns to Prema for the most awesome day of wild drawing; strolling and sketching, spending time in the great outdoors and employing the most mindful and calming of approaches to capturing your moment on the page. It's just pure and unequivocal joy!

Soak up the autumn sun (fingers crossed) to depict the moving and ever-changing landscape in ink, charcoal and graphite pencil. Experiment with these different drawing materials to create effects that capture the light and atmosphere of the landscape around you with the wonderfully inspiring and blissfully gentle Bethan.

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Wed
5 Oct -
16 Nov
6pm - 8:30pm

Life Drawing
Life Drawing

Life Drawing

£92/£89(c) • Friends £90/£87(c)

Join incredible printmaker and wonderfully inspiring artist Simon Packard for a life drawing class with a twist. Simon’s six sessions cover a whole range of drawing methodologies with traditional materials but we’re not stopping there, no siree! We’ll be exploring performative and experimental methods such as using coloured ice and creating life-size monoprints to capture the human form. Each evening will be a little different, focusing on new, dynamic ways to create beautiful life drawn pieces using both female and male models for your subject.

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Thu
6 Oct -
17 Nov
4pm - 5:15pm

Illustration Weekly Class
Illustration Club

Illustration Club

£48 • Friends £46

Illustration Club is back! Following a shockingly long break we’re proper chuffed  to welcome back Illustrator and aritst Hannah Dyson who’s here to introduce you to the world of illustration. Over six weeks Hannah will explore loads of fresh new ideas, techniques and materials to really take your creativity to the next level.

The perfect place for creative youngsters with artistic promise to really flourish. Ages 7-11.

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Fri 21
7:30pm

folk roots dance BIG sound
Blowzabella

Blowzabella

£18/£15(c) • Friends £16/£13(c) • On the day £24

They’re back! Long-standing Prema buddies Blowzabella make a massively welcome return for a post-pandemic Prema gig.

Blowzabella is a genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based wall-of-sound, played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They compose their own music which is influenced by and distinctly flavoured with English and European traditional folk music and song.

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