During the current closure of Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, the Friends of the Art Gallery & Museum are hosting a regular monthly series of talks designed to stimulate and maintain interest in the many aspects of the famous Cheltenham collections.
These talks will be given by past and present curators and other acknowledged experts. They will be held on the first Thursday of each month and will take place in the Regency Room at the Queen's Hotel, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1NN.
Museum Guide Jan Turner will be looking at the life and work of Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher, two of the most important creative textile designers and printers of the first half of the 20th Century who lived and worked in Painswick for more than twenty years. Barron and Larcher produced hand block printed textiles in partnership from the 1920s until World War Two, and remained part of the Gloucestershire craft scene throughout their lives. The talk will explore their lives and showcase their bold and innovative designs. Jan Turner is part of the experienced team of museum guides who work with the Arts and Crafts Movement collection. She discovered an enthusiasm for the movement on her retirement some ten years ago. She has become increasingly interested in the textiles in the collection, especially in the stuffs of these two Partners in Print.
Each evening will start at 6.00pm with a complimentary glass of wine. The illustrated talk will start at 6.30pm and the evening will conclude by 7.30pm.
Tickets, £7.00 for Friends and £8.00 for non-Friends, are on sale at the Tourist Information Office, The Promenade, tel. 01242 522878, in advance, and also on the door, numbers permitting.