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Events and Workshops

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

Museums at Night: Women’s Poetry Evening
Wednesday 16th May

7pm-9pm.
FREE
FULLY BOOKED
Refreshments available to buy

Enjoy an evening devoted exclusively to female poetry co-hosted by Alexandra Davis and Lelia Ferro introduced by the Museum’s Poet in Residence, Dr Tim Gardiner. Poets will focus on their responses to the natural environment and countryside. It promises to be an informative, lively and entertaining night of poetry.

Spring Bug Bonanza (5-10 year olds)
HALF TERM
Wednesday 30th May

10am-12pm
£5 per child (one accompanying adult free)

Led by Dr Tim Gardiner

Informative and fun morning of bug-themed activities: bumblebee bingo, live insect handling, quiz, storytelling and short story competition.

Curator’s Talk: Munnings and the River
Wednesday 6th June

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.

Pop Up Poets
Saturday 16th June

2pm-5pm
Included in museum admission

A poetry event with a difference – impromptu readings by local poets during your visit. Opportunity to select Munnings inspired haiku from the tarot deck of Poet in Residence, Dr Tim Gardiner.

Curator’s Talk: Munnings and the First World War
Wednesday 27th June

12pm-1pm
£10 / concessions available

Dr Bill Teatheredge, Curatorial Associate, focuses on the dramatic changes in Munnings’ personal and professional life, 1914-1919. Beginning with the death of his first wife and culminating in international recognition the Royal Academy’s Canadian War Records exhibition.

Busking Spots for Musicians
Sundays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th July

12.30pm onwards

The museum is offering music makers a spot in the garden to entertain summer visitors. Weather permitting. Musicians please contact the museum office to book a slot: 01206 322127 or bookings@munningsmuseum.org.uk.

Open Air Theatre: As You Like It
The Dedham Players
Wednesday 4th July to Saturday 7th July

Gates open 6pm, performance 8pm
Refreshments available
Bring your own picnic
Information and tickets: www.dedhamplayers.org.

Presented by The Dedham Players, in the museum grounds, William Shakespeare’s light-hearted, charming comedy, set in an enchanted forest.

Pre-Theatre Drinks in the Museum
Friday 6th July

5.30pm-7pm
£10 wine and nibbles
Booking essential

Enjoy the unique ambience of the museum on a summer evening. Opportunity to see all the exhibitions and chat with Museum Director, Jenny Hand, before heading out onto the lawn for The Dedham Players’ performance.

Pre-Theatre Drinks in the Museum
Saturday 7th July

5.30pm-7pm
£10 wine and nibbles
Booking essential

Enjoy the unique ambience of the museum on a summer evening. Opportunity to see all the exhibitions and chat with Museum Director, Jenny Hand, before heading out onto the lawn for The Dedham Players’ performance.

Out of Hours Curator’s Tour
Wednesday 11th July

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.

Equestrian Art Basics
Friday 13th July

10am-3pm
£60
Lunch included

Tutor James Power, Society of Equestrian Artists.

Learn the basic steps needed to draw and paint horses successfully with this introductory session.
Some materials provided. You are welcome to bring your own equipment.

Painting Workshop: Horses from Life
Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th July

9.30am – 4pm
£170
Lunches, tea and coffee included

Improve your equestrian painting with tutor James Power, Society of Equestrian Artists. Work with live models in the grounds of the museum.

You will need to bring your own materials and equipment.

RA250 In Conversation: Christopher Le Brun and Jenny Hand
Wednesday 18th July

12.30-1.15pm
FREE
Booking essential

Tickets will be allocated by ballot due to capacity: email bookings@munningsmuseum.org.uk with “RA250” in the subject line to enter. Each successful entry will be awarded two tickets. The draw will be made on 27th June 2018.

The current President of the Royal Academy, Christopher Le Brun talks with Jenny Hand, Director of The Munnings Art Museum about artists’ legacies.

Refreshments available

This project, with Art Fund support, forms part of RA250 UK: Exhibitions and events around the UK to celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts

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.

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

10am-3pm
£150
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.

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

10am-3pm
£150
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.

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 this two day Paint Out along the banks of the river Stour.

Take part on one or both days. Open to all abilities – beginners welcome. Prizes will be awarded at a reception on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd September. Overall cash prize of £250.

Terms and Conditions of Entry to be published by 1st March 2018 when bookings will open.

Spirit of the Stour: Plein Air Painting Exhibition
Garden Café

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.