Exhibitions

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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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We have three exhibition spaces at Prema - the glorious upstairs room (which is often used for shows, workshops and classes), the cafe gallery and the Crafts Council sponsored showcase.

Prema Arts Centre is open Tue-Fri 10.30am until 5pm and admission to all exhibitions is completely free. If you're making a special trip over to see any of our exhibitions do give us a tinkle on 01453 860703 just to check that all spaces are available for viewing for the time of your visit.

We're often open at weekends too although the upstairs gallery may not be accessible due to a workshop taking place or a theatre doing a get-in.

May

1 May -
8 Jun

painting colour fields flowers botanicals summer

Rosalind Wise

Free entry

The large, opulent paintings of Ros Wise are bursting with colour, energy and vitality. Her primary inspiration is the natural world. Her early work involved a detailed study of individual plants but more recently her paintings have become less botanical, now focusing on the majesty of blooms and plants in their natural setting or planted location. Ros’ work is a celebration of colour, texture and form found in garden borders – friends’ little green havens as well as the fabulous gardens at Great Dixter.

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1 May -
8 Jun

textiles embroidery flowers summer

Jayne Emerson

Free entry

Textiles artist Jayne Emerson studied at Loughborough College of Art before completing her Masters at Central St. Martins. Since then her work has taken a wide-ranging path that has allowed her to express her creativity from craft through to couture. For the past eighteen years Jayne has created innovative fabric samples that explore the boundaries of modern embroidery, patchwork, fabric manipulation and needle felting. Her samples have sold to a wide range of clients that include Chanel, Calvin Klein, Nina Ricci, and Louis Vuitton.

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8 May -
8 Jun

resident artist illustration book for children characters drawing

Eve Coy - Looking After William

Free entry

Prema resident artist Eve Coy can be located at all times of the day and night, busily creating characters, stories and glorious illustrations from her studio within our arts centre. Eve joined us in Septmeber 2015 whilst completing her MA in children’s book illustration in Cambridge. The MA resulted in three book commissions – the prospect of which Eve describes as both exciting and overwhelming in equal measure! Looking After William is the first of these three books and has recently been published by Anderson Press. Each of the exquisite illustrations within the story was created here at Prema, so it is quite possible that you may recognise a few of the locations within the book. It is a story about an amazing dad and serves as a acknowledgement of Eve’s husband, Will, for his unwavering support throughout her creative career.

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June

26 Jun -
4 Aug

travel photography colour black & white India Arctic

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

illustration retro bright colour design nostalgia

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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26 Jun -
4 Aug

functional ceramics colour form earthenware graphic print

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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