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Events and Workshops

For further information call 01206 322127
or email bookings@munningsmuseum.org.uk

Poetry Open Mic
Saturday 21st July

2.30-4.30pm
FREE
Refreshments available

Relax in the lawn marquee and enjoy a diverse range of poets reading their own work. Bring a poem or two of your own and sign up for the open mic hosted by the museum’s Poet in Residence, Dr Tim Gardiner.

Email bookings@munningsmuseum.org.uk to take part.

Busking Spots for Musicians
Sunday 22nd July: Mike, Sandy and Jeff – Bluegrass / Country Trio
From 12.30pm
FREE on the museum lawn, cafe open

Mike, Sandy and Jeff are a trio of musicians who love American music, specifically Bluegrass and Country, with the emphasis very much on performing classic songs penned by quality songwriters. In the past, these timeless songs have been made famous by artists as diverse as Bill Monroe, The Louvin Brothers, Emmylou Harris and The Eagles.

Mike Rodgers leads the band and has a comprehensive musical knowledge of this genre. Having lived in the USA for some years, Mike has seen many of his idols play live in concert and also met up with most of them. Mike plays guitar and mandolin, but his real love is harmony singing, which he performs with his wife Sandy. Sandy takes care of playing the upright bass, also singing and harmonising with Mike.

Jeff Adams plays rhythm and lead guitar and is gradually expanding his repertoire of country songs by collaborating with Mike and Sandy. Although Jeff has known Mike and Sandy for a number of years, the trio has only been formed within the past few months with a view to playing local gigs this summer.

Children’s Summer Art School, 6-9yrs
Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July

10am-3pm
£150
*SINGLE DAY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE* £40
Please bring a packed lunch

Tutor: Joanne Versluys

Inspired by the work of Sir Alfred Munnings and the natural setting of the museum children can enjoy five days of creative activities culminating in a small exhibition. From watercolour landscapes and still life, to collage and installation art in the garden a variety of sessions are offered to suit all abilities.

Monday: Experimental Landscapes in Watercolour

Sir Alfred loved the landscape around Castle House – on watercolour paper, create your own version of the beautiful surroundings of The Munnings Art Museum.

Tuesday: Paint Your Wagon! Gypsy Caravan Abstract Canvases

Sir Alfred Munnings painted local gypsy people; observing their way of life, including their colourfully decorated caravans. Using acrylic paints and a palette or red, blue and yellow, paint your own interpretation of a gypsy caravan.

Wednesday: Art in the Garden Installation

Decorate the museum garden with paper foliage and birds, adding to a larger installation, as we mark the 80th anniversary of the Dedham Vale Society- celebrating and caring for our fragile countryside. If the weather is poor, a torn paper collage activity will take place under cover.

Thursday: Tools Of The Trade: Studio Still Life Watercolour Collage

Looking at texture, form, shapes, patterns and tone in the traditional style that Sir Alfred would have approved of, paint a watercolour still life using ideas from within Sir Alfred’s former working studio. Then, in a modernist style, be prepared to cut and paste sections of this painting in order to create an abstract version of the still life, mounted on card and sealed with cellophane.

Friday: Design and Paint a Castle House Garden Wildlife Greetings Card (Plus Afternoon Exhibition)

Inspired by your surroundings, create your own wildlife image on a greetings card. Package this together with an envelope and cellophane wrap.

Plus preparation for the exhibition of work and a group discussion of what we have learnt during the week.

Busking Spots for Musicians
Sunday 29th July: East Creek Union
From 12.30pm
FREE on the museum lawn, cafe open

East Creek Union play old time American fiddle and banjo tunes and songs and have played both in many national music festivals, clubs and theatres since their formation in 2013.  Scott Simmons (banjo, guitar and vocals), Bob Tracey (fiddle and vocals) and Pete Young (bass, guitar, mandolin and vocals) are all local to north Essex and Suffolk.

Children’s Summer Art School, 10-13yrs
Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August

10am-3pm
£150
*SINGLE DAY TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE* £40

Please bring a packed lunch

Tutor: Joanne Versluys

Inspired by the work of Sir Alfred Munnings and the natural setting of the museum children can enjoy five days of creative activities culminating in a small exhibition. From watercolour landscapes and still life, to collage and installation art in the garden a variety of sessions are offered to suit all abilities.

Monday: Experimental Landscapes in Watercolour

Sir Alfred loved the landscape around Castle House – on watercolour paper, create your own version of the beautiful surroundings of The Munnings Art Museum.

Tuesday: Paint Your Wagon! Gypsy Caravan Abstract Canvases

Sir Alfred Munnings painted local gypsy people; observing their way of life, including their colourfully decorated caravans. Using acrylic paints and a palette or red, blue and yellow, paint your own interpretation of a gypsy caravan.

Wednesday: Art in the Garden Installation

Decorate the museum garden with paper foliage and birds, adding to a larger installation, as we mark the 80th anniversary of the Dedham Vale Society- celebrating and caring for our fragile countryside. If the weather is poor, a torn paper collage activity will take place under cover.

Thursday: Tools Of The Trade: Studio Still Life Watercolour Collage

Looking at texture, form, shapes, patterns and tone in the traditional style that Sir Alfred would have approved of, paint a watercolour still life using ideas from within Sir Alfred’s former working studio. Then, in a modernist style, be prepared to cut and paste sections of this painting in order to create an abstract version of the still life, mounted on card and sealed with cellophane.

Friday: Design and Paint a Castle House Garden Wildlife Greetings Card (Plus Afternoon Exhibition)

Inspired by your surroundings, create your own wildlife image on a greetings card. Package this together with an envelope and cellophane wrap.

Plus preparation for the exhibition of work and a group discussion of what we have learnt during the week.

Painting Workshop: River Landscapes
Wednesday 1st August

10am-3pm
£55 per day
Lunch included

Tutor: James Power

Improve your landscape painting on the banks of the river Stour at Dedham. Plenty of support and advice is available as group numbers are limited to 10. You may also book the Thursday separately and turn your workshop into a two day experience.

You will need to bring your own materials and equipment.

Painting Workshop: River Landscapes
Thursday 2nd August

10am-3pm
£55 per day
Lunch included

Tutor: James Power

Improve your landscape painting on the banks of the river Stour at Dedham. Plenty of support and advice is available as group numbers are limited to 10.

You will need to bring your own materials and equipment.

Curator’s Talk: Munnings and the River
Wednesday 15th August

12pm-1pm
£10 / concessions available

Marcia Whiting, Curator of the current special exhibition, reveals Munnings artistic and literary responses to the river. Opportunity to view the exhibition included.

Out of Hours Curator’s Tour
Thursday 16th August

11am -12.45pm
£14 / concessions available
Booking essential

Exclusive out-of-hours tour of the museum with a member of curatorial staff. Learn more about Sir Alfred Munnings, man and artist.

Out of Hours Curator’s Tour
Thursday 13th September
11am -12.45pm
£14 / concessions available
Booking essential

Exclusive out-of-hours tour of the museum with a member of curatorial staff. Learn more about Sir Alfred Munnings, man and artist.

Spirit of the Stour: Plein Air Painting Competition
Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September

10am-3pm
Entry fee: £20 for one day / £35 for two days

Follow in the footsteps of Sir Alfred Munnings and John Constable with the museum’s second two day Paint Out along the banks of the river Stour.

Take part on one or both days. Open to all abilities – beginners welcome and there is an Amateur artist category this year. Prizes will be awarded at 1pm at a reception on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd September. Overall cash prize of £250.

Please read the Competition Rules. By booking a place you agree to abide by the Rules as set out.

Spirit of the Stour: Plein Air Painting Exhibition
Café in the garden

Sunday 23rd September to Sunday 28th October
Wednesdays to Sundays
12.30-5pm
FREE

A selection of paintings from the Plein Air painting competition will be on display in the museum’s Garden Café. Opportunity to purchase works for sale.

Munnings Birthday Lecture: Martin Bell, OBE
Dedham Assembly Rooms

Wednesday 3rd October
7-8pm
£10 all tickets

Refreshments available

The museum’s second birthday lecture will be an opportunity to hear life stories from broadcaster and former politician, Martin Bell OBE. Like Sir Alfred Munnings, Bell grew up in the Waveney Valley on the Suffolk / Norfolk border and his father, farmer, writer and first Times crossword compiler Adrian Bell was friends with Munnings in the 1930s.