What's on today
Monday 26 February 2018
Baby Mindful is a brand new FREE course of Mindfulness for bumps and babies.
New parents and their babies (pre-walking), and soon to be parents and their bumps can join us in the calming gallery space on Mondays when it is closed to the public, where we will welcome you into a fully baby friendly space to:
- Enjoy quiet, quality time with your baby to enhance bonding and promote calm.
- Learn mindfulness techniques to promote relaxation for you and your baby and encourage you to feel calm and grounded here, and at home.
- Try mindful mark making techniques, and engage with the visual and emotional impact of the exhibitions.
- Learn coping, calming and focusing techniques to help focus on the here and now.
- Meet other local new parents – each session will end with a social lunchtime.
Monday 27th November (pilot session)
Monday 11th December (pilot session)
Monday 29th January
Monday 26th February
Monday 26th March
Monday 30th April
Monday 21st May
Monday 25th June
Monday 30th July
- The gallery is fully accessible to buggies and there is free parking onsite.
- There are baby change facilities on site and a calming feeding area will be available for those who would like one.
- Tea and coffee will be provided.
- Please bring a packed lunch if you would like to stay for the social at the end. Please note that the onsite cafe is temporarily closed.
- Previous artistic experience, or experience of mindfulness is not necessary.
Creating Writing: Painting to Paper
Develop your creative writing and learn how to generate inspiration from poetry, gallery exhibitions and even the world around us. This term we will be using the following exhibitions to generate ideas and stories:
- A Collector's Lot: Richmond Borough Art Collection and its Creators
- Water Water Everywhere: foundation Gallery
- Art & Soul: Kaleidoscope
Sessions will focus on developing a creative dialogue between the writer and the art work, based on a series of writing exercises and responses to the exhibition.
London poet, Agnieszka Studzinska has an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA, and is currently working towards her PhD at Royal Holloway. Her first debut collection, Snow Calling was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. Beginners of all abilities are welcome.
30 January, 20 February, 13 March, 24 April
10am - 12pm in the Stables/Main Gallery
Price: £25 per session including materials/£22.50 for Richmond Card holders
Capacity: 8 - Please book online
Weekly, Author-led, Royal Literary Fund sponsored Reading Group
Let literature inspire you in 2018! Read, share and discuss short stories, poetry, scripts, essays and articles with like-minded people in a 90 minute, weekly group. Be introduced to new writers and new forms. Led by a local author and sponsored by the Royal Literary Fund. Meets during school terms. No advance preparation required. Up to 12 places available free of charge. Anyone with an interest in the written word is very welcome. Register your interest and found out more at: www.richmondreadinground.com
Richmond Reading Round event
Monthly Tours: Black Presences in National Collections
This term Michael will be at 3 different London museums running his tours on the Black Presences in Art. You can join him once a month for these tours, which take place on weekends at midday.
There is a black presence in many of the works in the nation’s collection. That presence takes many different forms; blacks are depicted as musicians, as kings, as slaves, as servants, as saints and sometime just as people and as artists in their own right. The Black Presence in most cases is explicit though not immediately and sometimes the presence has to teased out, Michael seeks to make that presence better known. He will point out things you never spotted, highlight people worth noticing, and tell you the untold stories of the works of art in the collection!
Note that pre-booking on these tours is essential, so that we can keep track of the group size!
Sat 10 Feb: National Gallery, 11:30 to 13:30
Sat 3 Mar: Tate Britain, 11:30 to 13:30
Sat 7 Apr: Wallace Collection, 11:30 to 13:30
Please specify which date you would like to join
Deciphering a Painting using Iconography Biblical Stories & Mythology
Images used to be made to be instantly decipherable by the viewer. People used to know which person was being represented, which story told, and which meaning send out by the work of art. We no longer have this ability to know what we are looking at when in front of a classical work of art.
This series will not focus on the maker, the material or the period in which it was made, but rather help you recognize the subject of the work of art.
We will look at symbolism and Iconography, bible stories and mythology to decipher the work of art. There will be plenty of opportunity to transfer this knowledge to a number of different works of art from different periods and different countries.
9/2/18 objects, shapes and colours
16/2/18 Mythological Iconography
23/2/18 Christian Iconography
Draw from a life model under the guidance of an artist and learn simple and effective techniques to develop and enhance your drawings. All abilities welcome.
- Date: Thursdays 25 January, 22 February, 22 March, 26 April 2018
- Time: 7 to 9.30pm
- Location: Coach House, Orleans House Gallery
- Price: £120 for series or £30 per workshop including materials (10% discount for Richmond Card holders)
Art Clubs at Orleans House Gallery
Exciting weekly workshops offer budding young artists the opportunity to explore a broad range of artistic media and practice with our experienced gallery artists. Each term brings a varied selection of projects which are explored in group sizes of no more than sixteen, allowing participants to try more messy and adventurous media than may be possible at school.
Often taking inspiration from Gallery exhibitions or the work of other artists, our Art Club members benefit from being given creative opportunities in a relaxing and inspiring environment.
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller starring Phil Daniels (Les Miserables, This House, EastEnders) as the eponymous character, tells the gripping tale of Dr Jekyll and his alter-ego Mr Hyde.
During one of his audacious experiments trying to separate good from evil in human nature, the kind and gifted Dr Jekyll inadvertently unleashes an alternate personality of pure evil… the mysterious Mr Hyde.
As this sinister and ominous figure starts causing havoc around the foggy streets of London, the physician’s friends and fiancée grow increasingly worried about him. Jekyll must race to find a cure for his monstrous alter-ego before it takes over for good.
Directed by former Rose Artistic Director Stephen Unwin (The Lady from the Sea and Hay Fever) and adapted by Tony Award-winning David Edgar (Continental Divide, Witten on the Heart and Playing with Fire), Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde is a Rose co-production with Touring Consortium Theatre Company.
Rose Theatre Kingston event
Walter and Maisy Have A Very Long Day
In the tiny fishing village of Little Impish, men and women go out early in their boats to make their living. The locals grow up with the sea and are used to the water. All except Walter Coggs, that is. He doesn’t like the water. He prefers jobs on land. In fact, in an average day, he has many different jobs in the village. Walter’s best friend Maisy Milton, who is the teacher at the local school, decides to help Walter with his milk-round, but from then on the two of them have more adventures than they expected.
Interrupt the Routine bring their children’s show, which will go to the 2018 Edinburgh Festival, to Barnes as part of a co-production between the OSO Arts Centre and the Castlenau Community Centre.
Suitable for ages 4-7 year but younger children welcome.
OSO Arts Centre event
Octagon Club is our weekly art club for young people with disabilities and additional needs aged 11 to 17. The club meets in the Coach House at Orleans House Gallery.
Family February Half-Term Workshops - Museum of Richmond: Victorian Decoupage
Discover more about the delightful craft of decoupage and create your own example to take home.
£4 per child (plus booking fee), children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
Museum of Richmond event
Richmond’s history is not just about kings and queens living in royal palaces. What was it like to be poor and destitute? What help was there and on what terms? Come and find out what life was like for Richmond’s poorest residents at the Museum of Richmond’s Poverty exhibition.
Behind the handsome Georgian façade, the Richmond Workhouse, and many others, divided families and expected inmates to complete often hard and monotonous tasks.
Older residents may have been helped by the numerous almshouses of Richmond. However, a set of strict rules, on display in the exhibition, shows how regimented life in the almshouses were.
The exhibition displays the 1886 Richmond Union Workhouse Plan for the first time at the Museum.
Alongside the almshouses and workhouses, the exhibition looks at the individuals and charities who worked to alleviate the suffering of the poor. Richmond’s continued philanthropic spirit is highlighted through the charities which continue to offer support today.
This timely and relevant exhibition exploring poverty and homelessness will engage visitors with a different side of Richmond’s history. It also brings these issues up to date in relation to the charities that call Richmond home today.
The exhibition has been supported by The Richmond Parish Lands Charity, the Richmond Charities, Barnes Workhouse Fund and a number of generous individual donations.
Museum of Richmond event