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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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September

Mon
11 Sep -
11 Dec
10am - 11am

dance movement expression martial arts fitness

Nia Dance

The Nia technique offers a hugely enjoyable way to gain total body fitness through expressive dance fused with the power of martial arts. Nia’s stimulating choreography is adaptable to all – men, women, all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

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Tue
12 Sep -
12 Dec
10am - 11am

dance movement expression martial arts fitness

Nia Dance

The Nia technique offers a hugely enjoyable way to gain total body fitness through expressive dance fused with the power of martial arts. Nia’s stimulating choreography is adaptable to all – men, women, all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

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Mon
18 Sep -
27 Nov
6:30pm - 7:45pm

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Yogasara Deep Slow Flow

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Deep Slow Flow is a fun, easy-going class, ideal for beginners and those who want to learn the basic principles of yoga whilst restoring some peace and balance through mindful breath and movement.

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Tue
19 Sep -
28 Nov
7pm - 8pm

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Adult Ballet

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

Our ever-popular adult ballet course is devised and choreographed by acclaimed and inspiring dancer Marie-Louise Flexen. These weekly sessions are just the ticket for those wanting to improve their agility and core strength in a fun and creative way. This playful, friendly class is ideal for returners and intermediates.

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Thu
21 Sep -
30 Nov
10:30am - 11:30am

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Classical Pilates

£70/£67(c) • Friends £68/£65(c)

With a particular emphasis on posture, balance, strength and flexibility, our daytime Pilates course promises to fortify the body in an even and safe way.Here’s the ideal course for anyone looking to improve general fitness and wellbeing.

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Wed
27 Sep -
22 Nov
7pm - 9pm

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Life Drawing

£95/£92(c) • Friends £93/£90(c)

In this weekly class, artist Paul Fowler introduces heaps of drawing exercises utilising a broad range of materials and drawing styles.As you progress through the course, you will develop a keener understanding of proportion and scale and are sure to increase your confidence in drawing the human form.

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Thu
28 Sep -
23 Nov
3:45pm - 4:30pm

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Creative Ballet

£58 • Friends £56

Learn the core foundations and traditions of ballet without the pressures and confinements of grades. Creative Ballet offers a chance to channel energy into creativity whilst learning the basics of ballet, improving coordination, flexibility and musicality. Dance artist Keziah Benbow guides you through a number of ballet exercises before putting your skills into practice as you choreograph a routine with your fellow dancers to improve your confidence and improvisational skills.

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Thu
28 Sep -
23 Nov
4:45pm - 5:30pm

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Kids Contemporary Dance

£58 • Friends £56

After the launch of our hugely successful Creative Ballet class, amazing dance teacher Keziah Benbow returns to teach a brand new contemporary dance class that is sure to get those feet moving! This class provides the perfect platform for young people to learn the basic techniques of contemporary dance in a fun and friendly way. Kez’s upbeat approach positively encourages inventiveness and helps to build confidence as your dancing vocabulary begins to grow. The perfect starting block for any young dancer and a great way to embrace expressive ideas through dance.

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Thu
28 Sep -
23 Nov
6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Beginners' Adult Ballet

£56/£53(c) • Friends £54/£51(c)

Throughout the eight weeks work with Kez to develop your strength, agility and understanding/application of ballet. The emphasis here is on routines, dance practice, exercise and heaps of fun.

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Thu
28 Sep -
23 Nov
7pm - 9pm

ceramics clay mould decoration craft

The Potting Shed

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

Explore the foundations of pottery in our weekly class devised by ceramicist Geg Fayle. Learn to hand-build and throw on the potter’s wheel, before moving on to try-out various surface textures, slips and glazes for decoration. This relaxed, flexible class offers you the chance to work at your own pace on a unique ceramics project.

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October

Tue
3 Oct -
21 Nov
4:30pm - 6pm

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Creative Factory

£54 • Friends £52

We offer the very best foundation in drawing over the six sessions led by inventive illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis. This class takes creative-minded youngsters and helps them to channel artistic passions into new practices and skills. Each session presents a variety of drawing, designing and making experiments that will stretch imaginations to the max and inspire hobbies that will last a lifetime.

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Tue
3 Oct -
21 Nov
4:30pm - 6pm

experimentation drawing new skills imagination

Creative Factory

£54 • Friends £52

We offer the very best foundation in drawing over the six sessions led by inventive illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis. This class takes creative-minded youngsters and helps them to channel artistic passions into new practices and skills. Each session presents a variety of drawing, designing and making experiments that will stretch imaginations to the max and inspire hobbies that will last a lifetime.

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ONLY A FEW LEFT

Tue
3 Oct -
28 Nov
7pm - 9pm

ceramics clay mould decoration craft

The Tuesday Potting Shed

£89/£86(c) • Friends £87/£84(c)

Explore the foundations of pottery in our weekly class devised by ceramicist Geg Fayle. Learn to hand-build and throw on the potter’s wheel, before moving on to try-out various surface textures, slips and glazes for decoration. This relaxed, flexible class offers you the chance to work at your own pace on a unique ceramics project. For those needing a bit more inspiration Geg has many projects to get you started. Our Potting Shed course takes place in Geg’s garden studio near Slimbridge. Full details of location provided upon booking. Ideal for complete beginners and improvers alike.

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November

Wed
1 Nov -
30 Nov
7pm - 9pm

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Drawing For The Terrified

£66/£63(c) • Friends £64/£61(c)

Does the idea of drawing fill you with a sense of dread? Drawing for the Terrified returns with a plethora of fab drawing projects to take the terror out of making your mark. Led by illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis, this lively class will help to boost your confidence in drawing as you develop your own distinctive style.

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6 Nov -
16 Dec
10:30am - 4pm

painting bold lines contemporary perspective

Joao Trindade

Free entry

Portuguese artist Joao Trindade's work examines the "secret structures'' embedded in nature and architecture, with trademark sweeping, bold lines that vanish into multiple perspectives. Recalling the futurists and vorticists who celebrated modernity almost a century ago, he produces both abstract and more figurative works using paint and mixed media.

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6 Nov -
16 Dec
10:30am - 4pm

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Tom Frost

Free entry

Print maker and illustrator Tom Frost divides his time between print making, restoring his crumbling Georgian house in rural Wales and raising a young family. His work highlights a fascination for old matchboxes, stamps, folk art, tin toys, children's books and the natural world. Tom is also one half of Frost & Kin with his partner Teresa Murfin that focuses on producing affordable prints, cushions, toys and models for the young and young at heart.

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6 Nov -
16 Dec
10:30am - 4pm

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Katie Victoria

Free entry

Katie Victoria works from her studio in Swansea where she creates her collections of exquisite knitted goods. Working on a hand powered domestic knitting machine she creates a variety of fabrics and products from cushions and bags to sumptuous knitwear and upholstered furniture, combining high quality merino lambswool, bamboo and cotton yarns. Taking inspiration from cultural architecture, Moroccan tile ceramics and Scandinavian textiles, she designs and creates individual fabrics for fashion and interiors. Katie’s products have a unique visual and luxury finish, with geometric patterns and individual colour combinations to give a contemporary look to her collections.

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Sun
12 Nov -
26 Nov
10am - 11:30am

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Sunday Sanctuary

£30/£27(c) • Friends £28/£25(c)

Join Catherine Forrester for a three-week Mindful Yoga taster course. We will use gentle movement and deep relaxation to learn new ways to manage stress, find more ease in the body, and rest deeply as we make our way into winter. These Sunday morning sessions are super down-to-earth and completely accessible.

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Sat 25
10am - 4pm

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Candles & Reed Diffusers

£75/£72(c) • Friends £73/£70(c)

Sophia Russell from Hestia’s Flame Natural Candles is back and is filling our workshop space with an abundance of exquisite therapeutic scents. You will be introduced to the basics of candle making and how to blend the perfect fusion of aromas. To add a seasonal spin to this session, you will also be trying your hand at making a long lasting festive reed-diffuser from one of Sophia’s bespoke blends.

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Sat 25
7pm

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PanGottic presents Long Shot

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/£23(c) • On the day £15

Long Shot is a stripped-back circus performance where the audience is in charge. Using handcrafted remote control contraptions, tight choreography and laugh-out-loud humour, PanGottic brings to life one man’s belief in the near impossible, the almost-unachievable and the highly-unlikely. Suitable for audiences over the age of seven.

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Wed 29
10:30am - 12pm

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Crochet in the Cafe - November

Free entry

Dazzlingly exuberant resident textiles artist Emma Leith began café crochet earlier this year and has already helped to build an industrious and fun-loving community of wool-mad crafters through her fabulous crochet sessions. Hot drinks, cakes and delicious savoury dishes are available to purchase from the Vestry Café, so you can enjoy a tasty treat whilst talking all things crochet and hooking away! Emma’s on hand if you get your threads in a twist or if you’re lacking inspiration and need a new project to get stuck in to. These monthly sessions are perfect for anyone who has already mastered the chain and treble stitch.

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December

Sat 2
10am - 3pm

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Cheese Making

£58/£55(c) • Friends £56/£53(c)

Spend a day with the queen of cheese Louise Talbot in our fact-filled workshop which introduces you to the process of turning milk into cheese using basic kitchen equipment and easily sourced, local ingredients. Louise will demonstrate how to make mascarpone and butter before you go on to make your own halloumi and mozzarella, with plenty of additional recipes for you to try out at home.

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Sun 3
11am - 4pm

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Christmas Crackers (affordable artists' originals)

Free entry

It’s the season for chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at your nose. And it’s also time for the very welcome return of Prema’s festive fair of affordable, original artwork from a host of makers. Our annual Christmas Crackers event offers an ideal solution for those looking for an unusual, artist-made thoughtful gift for a friend, family member or loved one. Today we have a broad range of textiles, ceramics, illustrations, scented goods, prints and plushies all at sensible, affordable prices. Browse at your leisure, pick up some bargains and imbibe in the festive atmosphere. There’s plenty of scrummy hot food and drink available from Vestry Café throughout the day with basrista coffees, hot chocs, opulent pulled-pork rolls with seasonal trimmings, nut roast for veggies and an abundance of cakey-goodness too. Mosey on down – we look forward to seeing you!

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Wed 6
10:30am - 11:30am

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Sketch Cafe - December

Free entry

Run by Prema resident artist and seasoned sketcher Eve Coy, our monthly sessions are just the thing for those keen to explore and discover different methods of sketching. Whether you’re an experienced sketcher looking to share your passion or a drawing novice daunted by the blank page, Eve has heaps of tips and tricks up her sleeve which are sure to have you sketching in no time. Bring along your own sketchbook and pencils and enjoy an hour of doodling in the Vestry Café.

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Sat 9
10am - 4pm

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Creating Characters & Creatures

£30 • Friends £28

Explore the magic of drawing with children’s book illustrator Katz Cowley, You will invent your own wonderful and wacky characters and creatures, with lots of top tips and illustration secrets from behind the scenes of Katz's books along the way to discover how her characters are born and come to life. We will be exploring fun ways to express yourself through the magic of mark-making using a number of illustrative techniques designed to stretch your imagination to its fullest. Suitable for ages 8-12.

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Sun 10
11am

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The Bone Ensemble in Where's My Igloo Gone?

£10/£7(c) • Friends £8/£6(c) • Family £25/£23(c) • On the day £15

Sitting in her igloo, a drop of water falls on Oolik’s head. And then another! Is her home melting? Venture into a dazzling, Arctic world of soaring snow geese, pet husky dogs and starry, starry nights. And the kind of cold that makes your skin tingle! Travelling through snowstorms, across oceans and into our hearts, Oolik is not the kind of girl to give up on her quest for help. This morning’s show is performed in “Iglooish” and is suitable for anyone over the age of five and is accessible to Deaf, hearing and non-English speaking audiences.

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