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.

November

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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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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January

9 Jan -
16 Feb
10am - 4pm

paintings nature garden seed pods flower heads

Joyce Pinch

Free entry

Joyce’s paintings focus on found natural forms from the garden, the hedgerow or the seashore. This has been her life-long subject matter and often follows a theme, as one painting will sometimes lead to another. Moving on from her former subject matter based on nests, eggs and feathers Joyce is now presenting her recent work based on plants from the lanes and fields surrounding her home in Stinchcombe and her much loved garden.

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9 Jan -
16 Feb
10am - 4pm

drawings River Severn panorama landscape

Carolyn Black

Free entry

Carolyn Black has returned to her studio practice, creating several metre-wide panoramic drawings of the Severn, seen from both sides, resulting in a collection of works and texts which have been brought together in her book Severnside: An Artist’s View Of The River Severn. Now exploring the potential of 360-degree imagery and video as an art-form, she’s revisiting her interest in romantic landscape painting and photography in the digital age.

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9 Jan -
16 Feb
10am - 4pm

jewellery furniture ceramic architectural

John Pinch

Free entry

Uncommonly, artist John Pinch enjoys an eclectic mix of skills. He possesses an innate appetite for exploring materials and exploiting their potential, often resulting in unusual combinations.

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March

5 Mar -
13 Apr
10am - 4pm

printmaking sketches screen print monotype

Andy Lovell

Free entry

The work of illustrator and printmaker Andy Lovell is characterised by making drawings and paintings from life which are then revisited through the medium of print. The original drawings are not an end in themselves but rather aim to catch the essence of a place in a form that can be translated to print back in the studio.

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5 Mar -
13 Apr
10am - 4pm

birds wire drawing sculpture recycled

Celia Smith

Free entry

Prema resident artist Celia Smith draws with wire. For her, creating sculptures is like drawing in three dimensions. Birds are her main inspiration; capturing their movement and character is her primary concern. She finds that wire has a spontaneity that can give her sculptures a feeling of life and energy.

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5 Mar -
13 Apr
10am - 4pm

ceramics homeware birds characterful playful

Hannah Turner

Free entry

Ceramic artist Hannah Turner began using slip-casting as a way of creating multiples of her kooky, bold and playful designs, allowing her to focus on the decoration. In 2011 Hannah joined forces with a Sri Lankan company to launch her first ranges of tableware and in 2016 added kitchen textiles to her range. Hannah works from her garden studio workshop in Bristol, and her hardest job at present is keeping up with all of her blossoming new ideas!

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