What's on today
Thursday 22 March 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
Art History Lectures: Masterpiece A Week (Block 2)
To tie in with the exhibition 'Water Water Everywhere', we have a six-part lecture series featuring masterpieces, all focusing on the theme of water.
20 February - Van de Velde's Seascapes
27 February - Turner's water colours
06 March - The Great Wave of Kanagawa
13 March - Monet's Lillie Ponds
20 March - Singer Sargent's water Colours
27 March - Antony Gormley's water sculptures
1 - 2.30pm in the Coach House.
Price: £72 for series / £15 for drop in (10% discount for Richmond Card holders).
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
Walking tour: The History of Savile Row
This tour will last just over two hours, and stay largely on Savile Row. We might not be covering that much ground, but Cindy will have plenty to talk about -- introducing you to the history of British tailoring in the Golden Square Mile of menswear, and to the people who work there.
The tour will explain both how bespoke suits are made and how British tailors, royals, military heroes and celebrities have together set many of the prevailing fashions for Western men for hundreds of years, going back to the seventeenth century. Several individual tailors and merchants are visited, and, if possible, staff members and craftsmen will take the time to explain the beauty of what they make and sell.
Groups are limited to 6 people, as some of the spaces in tailoring houses are small and we must not get in the way of customers.
Please could I also ask you to please not bring rugsacks.
NB This tour is running most Wednesdays. Please email us to check if your preferred date is available.
Pall Mall Art Tour
Take an intimate art tour of London’s diverse galleries, examining art and antiques up close with input from gallery staff, and hear the history of public art on Pall Mall.
Over a cup of tea or coffee at St. James's Caffè, you can hear the story of how the London public first gained access to the masterworks of Europe and learned to love their own painters. Images of Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, playboy miniaturist Richard Cosway and the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery compete with those of the cartoonist James Gillray and Emma Hamilton in the Temple of Hymen. It all happened in London’s elegant St. James’s, where the nouveau riche sought to join the ranks of the aristocracy in the new auction house of James Christie, hoping to acquire the possessions of the dead, bankrupt and sometimes disgraced.
This introduction will be followed by a stroll around King, Duke, Bury and Ryder streets, where we will visit a variety of art and antiques galleries which house everything from medieval paintings, Renaissance armour, 16th-century Turkish tiles, 17th-century Italian paintings, 18th-century British porcelain and maps, 19th-century French bronze sculpture and Impressionist paintings to contemporary paintings, 20th-and-21st-century political cartoons, prints and children’s book illustrations. The gallery staff will be expecting us and, if possible, will take a few minutes to explain some of the art or antiques on display. Time permitting, we could stop in at Christie’s along the way or go to Mason’s Yard to consider the Indica gallery’s past and what’s on at Jay Jopling’s White Cube.
The Pall Mall Art Tour is available most Thursdays at 2:30 pm, and lasts just over 2 ½ hours
Limited group size, so prebooking is essential!
Please no rucksacks.
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)
The Painting Class: Block 2 Water, Acrylics
Inspired by our 'Water Water Everywhere' exhibition in the Stables Gallery from 25 January to 8 April, this course will teach you about colour, mark and gesture. Suitable for all levels, beginners welcome.
- Date: Wednesdays 21 and 28 February, 7, 14, 21 and 28 March 2018
- Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
- Location: Stables Gallery
- Price: £180 for the course, 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.
Ida’s family is throwing her a tea party for her eighty-sixth birthday. Their efforts to be cheerful and make the event a success verge on the desperate. Ida is racked with pain and feels she has lived too long. As the rather laboured celebrations go on, her third daughter Susan returns unexpectedly after an absence of 25 years.
Tensions immediately flare between the sisters, whilst Ida struggles to even recognise her. As the party comes to an end, the family disperse leaving Katherine remembering the pact she made with Ida not to let her suffer into old age… When the family returns, old prejudices and rivalries are forced into the open in a hilariously painful and moving picture of a family in turmoil.
Last performed in 1987, Curtains won Stephen Bill the London Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.
The play is directed by the Royal Court’s former Associate Director, Lindsay Posner, whose theatre credits include Abigail’s Party, The End of Longing, Hay Fever and Relatively Speaking.
Rose Theatre Kingston event
Another in our series of events to celebrate talented local musical performers, following last year’s successful concert.
Acts are currently being confirmed.
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.
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
Early Bird Guided Tour
Enjoy the peacefulness of Walpole's villa before it opens to the public and find out more about its history, architecture and restoration.
Book your tickets here