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April

10 Apr -
25 May

paintings absctract inspired by music rare public exhibition
Viktor Tilson

Viktor Tilson

Free entry

Viktor Tilson is an abstract artist who lives and works in Gloucestershire. As an untrained artist, he brings a unique perspective to his pieces, making him somewhat of an outsider in the art world. His primary source of inspiration comes from music, ranging from rock to classical, and he allows his subconscious to guide the shapes and forms within his paintings.

Viktor has showcased his work online since the late 1990’s. However, this is a rare and exciting opportunity to view his work first-hand and close-up in a public space.

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10 Apr -
25 May

oil paintings landscape still life colour traditional fine art
Helen Tarr

Helen Tarr

Free entry

Helen Tarr is a professional artist, originally from Gloucestershire, currently living in the National Forest area of East Staffordshire.

She specialises in alla prima oil paintings (painted in one session) either out in the landscape or from still-life subjects in the studio. Her larger paintings are inspired by the many photographs taken on her daily walks. She also sketches in the landscape, where she explores ideas and locations for plein air (in the open air) paintings throughout the year.

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13 Apr -
25 May

ceramics collage multi-layer greetings cards Victoriana sumptuous
Claire Baker - the final showcase

Claire Baker - the final showcase

Free entry

The ceramic work of artist Claire Baker draws inspiration from the 'aged' & 'distressed beauty' of Miss Haversham's Wedding Table in Dicken’s Great Expectations as well as the darker, more curious elements of Victorian life. A love of theatre and Victorian Gothic combined with a life spent exercising a vivid imagination has encouraged the particular British peculiarity of Claire’s ceramic work.

This showcase exhibition of Claire’s ceramics with the final show of her clay work. During the lockdown of 2020, she began designing cards, created via digital collage, incorporating her trademark themes of eccentric Victoriana. In a similar process to her former ceramic work, Claire’s collages build layer upon layer, exploring and experimenting with pattern, colour and texture.

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Mon
15 Apr -
8 Jul
10am - 11am

dance health benefits community fun and friendly
Nia Dance

Nia Dance

On door £10

Nia integrates ancient wisdom and modern science with elements of dance, martial & healing arts to offer physical, mental and emotional conditioning, healing and transformation that is accessible and attainable for every body.

Nia believes in the power and potential of everybody, at any age or level of fitness and that ‘through movement we find health’.

£10 drop-in per session but discounts available for block booking - contact class leader Geri Timmins on 01453 844766 for further info.

** No session on the bank holidays 6 & 27 May **

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Thu
18 Apr -
6 Jun
7pm - 8pm

weekly class meditation breath gentle movement posture
Alignment Yoga

Alignment Yoga

£63/£60(c) • Friends £61/£58(c)

It’s a new term and the perfect time to enrol on our brilliant Thursday evening Alignment Yoga course with Neil Bloodworth. Neil will work with you to focus on gentle movement with breathing techniques to complement traditional Yoga postures.

Ideal for all abilities and levels of experience. Don't forget to bring along your exercise mat to each session.

7 week class

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Tue
30 Apr -
25 Jun
7pm - 8pm

exercise agility core strength weekly class new term
Mat Pilates

Mat Pilates

£72/£69(c) • Friends £70/£67(c)

Work with the brilliantly inspiring Karen Crowcombe from the Great Life Project to develop your balance, strength and to improve your posture throughout this fabulous eight-week class in Mat Pilates.

This class is suitable for all abilities as Karen will demonstrate and adapt each exercise to your level. Places limited and sell quickly so instant booking is highly recommended.

Wear comfortable clothing and bring along an exercise mat each time.

8 week class

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Tue
30 Apr -
25 Jun
7pm - 9pm

new season small class throwing hand-building materials included
Tuesday Potting Shed

Tuesday Potting Shed

£125/£122(c) • Friends £123/£120(c)

Hurry, hurry, super-scurry! It’s time to book your place on our friendly and ever-popular ceramics class which allows you to grasp of the foundations of pottery whilst working at your own pace under the expert guidance of ceramic artist Geg Fayle.

Expect to create 6 or 7 medium sized pieces or 3 larger ones throughout the duration of the course due to limited space within the kiln and the soaring costs of clay and firing!

8 week class 

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May

Thu
2 May -
27 Jun
7pm - 9pm

8 week course suitable for all levels throwing hand-building slips & glazes
Thursday Potting Shed

Thursday Potting Shed

£125/£122(c) • Friends £123/£120(c)

Psst … don’t miss your chance to explore the limitless joy of working with ceramics on our super-popular weekly pottery class led by the ever-patient Geg Fayle.

Try-out throwing (working on the wheel) as well as experimenting with a diverse range of making techniques, exploring the various surface textures, slips and glazes to create some truly remarkable ceramic work.

Places are limited so book RIGHT NOW to avoid disappointment! Full details of location will be provided upon booking.

8 week course 

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Fri 31
2pm - 4pm

exploring ecosystems free family event half-term rivers & streams artists water health
Splish Splash Ribbit at Leaf & Ground

Splish Splash Ribbit at Leaf & Ground

Free entry

FREE FAMILY EVENT

Every living thing on this planet (whether that’s a rhododendron, your granny or a hedgehog) needs water. But what do you know about the host of amazing critters, bugs and invertebrates which live in our rivers, streams and ponds?

We’ve put our heads together with Dr Steph and Dr Freya from the School of Applied Sciences at UWE Bristol to concoct an event to help you get to grips with environmental sciences and an afternoon of creative workshops with a group of brilliantly inventive artists who will help us draw, design and print our discoveries made through the lenses of our microscopes!

Entirely suitable for all the family. No need to book - just come along to Leaf & Ground for a 2pm start. Hope to see you there!

Leaf & Ground can be found on Dursley Road, GL11 6PP

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Fri 31
7:30pm

one cello one voice rhythmic resonant amazing sound intimate gig
Monique Clare

Monique Clare

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c)

With just a single cello underpinning her strikingly-crafted vocals, multi award-winning songwriter Monique Clare delivers impactful indie-folk. From tears to belly laughs, she weaves a cathartic story of grief and love through driving rhythms, heart-tugging harmonies and intricate cello lines.

Rarely (if ever) will you experience a single cello singlehandedly creating the sound of a full-band line up; including percussion!

Tonight is an absolute must for all players and lovers of stringed instruments and those with a passion for world-class indie-folk. Don’t miss Monique at Prema for tonight’s dazzling musical spectacle!

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June

5 Jun -
3 Jul
6pm - 8pm

Experimentation Find your Art medium Learn to be creative crash course foundation
Art Attack for Adults

Art Attack for Adults

£75/£72(c) • Friends £73/£70(c)

Join artist and illustrator Jemma Jamie Skidmore on a transformative journey of self-expression with this all new and uniquely designed 5 week evening class.  Perfect for those of you who are wanting to find the art medium that works best for you and those of you who are eager to simply explore, experiment and play within a relaxing and supportive environment.

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Thu
6 Jun -
11 Jul
9:45am - 10:45am

Dance Exercise Exercise made fun
Dancercise

Dancercise

On the day £8

Dance and stretch to great music - Charleston, pop and Latin rhythms, incorporating easy-to-follow dance routines over this 6-week course. 

Tricia Dunbar leads Dancercise; a sensational movement course which is perfect for all abilities and ideal for anyone looking to improve their general fitness and wellbeing while having heaps of fun along the way!

Dancercise helps develop your flexibility, balance, coordination and general fitness levels as well as providing a welcome reduction to stress levels. Most importantly though, it is brilliant fun and definitely “the happy way to get fit!”

Bring along an exercise mat and dress code is all about comfy and non-restricting.

£8 per session. Pay on the day. Discounts available for block-booking.

To find out more please contact Tricia via email:
triciadunbar2@gmail.com

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Sat 8
10am - 4pm

Sewing Machine Learn a new skill Make a make-up pouch
Get to know your Sewing Machine

Get to know your Sewing Machine

£52/£49(c) • Friends £50/£47(c)

Calling all wannabe sewing bees! Today’s workshop is just the tickets for those who have an old sewing machine gathering dust. Maybe you’ve inherited a sewing machine and want to learn to use it? Or perhaps you simply want to get started on your sewing journey, to brush up on a few skills. Claire Parry leads today’s session, during which we’ll be working with simple pattern cutting skills; our end goal is a fabulous, lined make-up bag with zip. All those brilliant skills executed by you on your machine!

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Sat 8
7:30pm

fiddle accordion nyckelharpa European music polkas reels waltzes klezmer
Firelight Trio

Firelight Trio

£16/£13(c) • Friends £14/£11(c)

Meet Firelight Trio. Three 'musical giants' collaborate to explore and celebrate European music that is evocative, inventive, and endlessly exciting.

Ruth’s resonant nyckelharpa (a bowed instrument, originally built & played by farmers and craftspeople in the northern Uppland in Sweden) is matched by Gavin’s powerhouse fiddle, all backed up by Phil’s splendidly inventive accordion and piano, to create a rich, resonant tapestry of lively Swedish polskas and Scottish reels, lilting French waltzes, toe-tapping klezmer, dazzling original tunes and more.

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Fri 14
10am - 4pm

Weaving Slow Textiles Decorative Hanging
A Day of Weaving

A Day of Weaving

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Enjoy a mindful and richly rewarding day of working in “slow textiles” with the ever-brilliant textile artist Rebecca Connolly.

As you learn the key skills of weaving, design and use of colour in weave, you’ll create a handful of pieces of woven fabric; the outcome being an experimental sampler, some ‘conventional’ cloth or a decorative hanging to adorn your home.

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Sat 15
10am - 4pm

Glass Mixed Media
Glass Bouquet

Glass Bouquet

£72/£69(c) • Friends £70/£67(c)

In today’s mixed media workshop led by glass artist Caroline Lambert, you will be using wire, copper and glass to learn a variety of great techniques. Learn how to hand-shape wire and all about copper-foiling, soldering and the use of patina as you create your bouquet of flowers and foliage. We’ll be taking our inspiration from the natural forms found in UK hedgerows, flower gardens and the landscape. By the end of the session, you will have created a wonderful display of beautiful everlasting flowers.

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Sat 15
11am - 4pm

Botanical Art Flower Studies
Summer Botanical Watercolours

Summer Botanical Watercolours

£55/£52(c) • Friends £53/£50(c)

Taking inspiration from seasonal summer flowers, botanical artist Karen Green guides you through observational drawing, pen work and watercolour techniques to create a finished illustration that reflects a botanical understanding of your subject and captures the beauty of the plant.

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Wed 19
10:30am - 12pm

friendly drawing group everyone welcome stroll & sketch plein air at your pace
Sketch Out at Stratford Park

Sketch Out at Stratford Park

£8 • Friends £6

Artist Rosie-Marie Marshall-Jane leads this morning’s session which allows you to work at your own pace with helpful support and warm encouragement. Sketch Out is all about making your mark in the great outdoors, surrounded by visual inspiration and a posse of eager sketchers and strollers.


For June, we’re heading over to the glorious Stratford Park in Stroud to busy ourselves throughout the park, especially focusing on the arboretum and the impressive variety of tree specimens on site for drawing inspiration. For an additional drawing challenge we’ll head down to the lake, urging us to take a quite different approach to making our mark.

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Sat 29
10am - 4pm

Collage Textre Layering Remake
Seasonal Collage

Seasonal Collage

£60/£57(c) • Friends £58/£55(c)

Join us for a marvelous one-day workshop with artist Rebecca Loweth to create summer landscapes in collage. With the idea of ‘make and remake’ at the heart of the workshop, Rebecca guides us through the varied approaches and techniques of collage. Exploring composition, colour, texture, layering, selection, and blending of imagery. Today’s workshop allows us to work instinctively, using new-found techniques to quickly build confidence to really optimize the dynamic potential of collage.

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July

Wed 24
10:30am - 12pm

sketching by the canal barges reflections perspective strolling and drawing big skies
Sketch Out at the Slimbridge Canal

Sketch Out at the Slimbridge Canal

£8 • Friends £6

Our monthly sketching sessions are about experiment and exploration, making a mark and bringing along a can-do approach to drawing. As always, the ever-brilliant Rosie-Marie Marshall-Jane leads our morning’s session, allowing you to work at your own pace with generous support and gentle encouragement.

For July, we’re heading down to the comparative lowlands at Slimbridge. The village of Slimbridge meanders its way down towards the Severn estuary, crossing the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal on the way. This morning, we’ll be dismounting our horses at the bridge and wandering along the towpath, using the long stretches of waterway to help us explore perspective drawing as well as featuring the barges and boats we meet along the way.

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