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.

September

10 Sep -
19 Oct

drawings textiles paper intricate stitch

Carole Bury

Free entry

Emerging out of landscape, the paper structures from artist Carole Bury are complemented with drawn responses to their origin. Built on the traditions of embroidery, her machine stitched paper textiles share the sensitive, descriptive gestures of her drawn line.

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10 Sep -
19 Oct

sculpture theatrical stories retro recycle colour bold

James Pilston

Free entry

Jim’s work is bold, colourful and playful, full of intrigue and mystery – he relishes creating something magical from a variety of materials that may be discovered in skips and bins up and down the country. His work is powerfully influenced by the stories, pictures, films and children's television of his Cotswold childhood in the 1970s.

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10 Sep -
19 Oct

casting plaster resin pigments reclaimed materials

Matt Pilston

Free entry

Sculptor Matt Pilston creates 3D work which tells its own story and has its own sense of life and animation. Making things seems to have held a fascination for Matt since childhood – the smells of plasticine, balsa glue and hot solder and the riotous aesthetics of old cornflakes packets, poster paint and Sellotape. His choice of materials is now perhaps a little more sophisticated; incorporating plasticine, plaster, resin, pigments and reclaimed wood. In the studio, Matt experiments with the almost alchemic and transformative processes of moulding and casting.

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November

4 Nov -
14 Dec

landscapes triangles digital manipulation geometric

Andy Walker

Free entry

Digital artist Andy Walker studied art and photography. Fascinated by colour, geometric shapes and tonal effects, his unique style developed, by enhancing his own photography, using intensely coloured triangles. His portfolio ranges from impressionistic pieces to photo-realistic landscapes that appear purely pictorial from a distance, but which reveal thousands of triangles upon closer inspection.

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4 Nov -
14 Dec

illustration retro colour palette landscapes distinctive vintage

Emy Lou Holmes

Free entry

Emily is an illustrator from Clevedon who now lives and works in Bristol. She creates illustrations of local towns and cities and retro inspired images. All her artwork is made up of digital illustration, drawn on her iPad and edited in photoshop. She is passionate about 60s & 70s aesthetics and an avid collector of vintage fabrics and wallpapers to collage into her work.

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4 Nov -
14 Dec

new artist textiles illustration design homeware

Freya Snow

Free entry

Freya’s illustrations have a strong sense of imagination and fun, appealing to people of all ages with a degree of playfulness and a fondness for vintage motifs. Her designs are created using collaged papers and watercolours to produce the original illustrative design. And then digital skills are deployed to manipulate, create repeats and translate the drawn image into a format which is translatable to fabric.

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