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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.

September

11 Sep -
20 Oct

diorama kitsch decor jewellery underground

Jo Nye - Tin City

Free entry

'Tin City' is the recycled creative brainchild of Bath maker Jo Nye. Her handmade tin shrines, diorama, wall decor items & jewellery pieces are inspired by Jo's love of folk art, interior design, architecture, religious icons and reliquaries and both classical & modern art. These influences are all too apparent throughout her handmade pieces - some more straightforward in approach whilst others have a playful nod to kitsch & underground cultures.

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11 Sep -
20 Oct

paintings prints landscape bold vignettes

Alan Kestner

Free entry

Alan Kestner begins with (what he describes as) a ‘jumbled mess of brushstrokes’ and then gradually works area by area resolving the jumble into separate vignettes from his imagination. At this stage the overall theme starts to emerge. Alan has the belief that art can tell us something about the world. This compels him to visually describe his perspective on society, including both the considerate and not-so-considerate things that we do to each other!

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11 Sep -
20 Oct

print nostalgia architecture bold colour combinations

Anna Marrow

Free entry

Anna is a printmaker, illustrator and image-maker. She began her printmaking career whilst studying at Bristol and then graphic communication at Central Saint Martins. She now works out of her studio in Bristol. Anna Marrow creates surprising, often nostalgic and sometimes alarming images by combining mundane objects and environments with exotic creatures and characters. She likes to pinpoint a specific moment in time, regularly depicting objects from her childhood – 70’s televisions, radios and cars feature heavily in her work, as do urban and suburban landscapes along with the odd Mr Whippy ice cream van!

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November

6 Nov -
15 Dec

print trees Scandinavia atmospheric limited edition

Anna Harley

Free entry

A very welcome return to Prema from printmaker Anna Harley with her sublime prints of landscapes, night skies and trees. Anna’s work is rooted within the landscape tradition; while the metallic inks she uses and muted colour palette are an echo of the Scandinavian landscapes of her childhood and the countryside around Bristol where she now lives.

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6 Nov -
15 Dec

paintings landscape Gloucestershire oil on canvas nature

Rupert Aker

Free entry

Rupert Aker strives to create an emotional response through his painting – whether it be a sense of peace and calm or drama and energy: evening light and shadows; cow parsley and hogweed on a wayside verge; water and reflections; mist, evaporation and sunshine after a rain storm; the gloaming; a church spire providing a focal point in the landscape … in short his work emulates all that is bountiful and beautiful about Gloucestershire!

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