The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum re-opened to the public on Saturday 5 October 2013. This elegant and stylish building, designed by architects Berman Guedes Stretton, has something for everybody, whether they are local to the area, or coming to Cheltenham for the first time.
Four new floors house a re-interpreted Arts and Crafts Movement Gallery and Furniture Store showing the world-renowned Designated collection, a new gallery dedicated to The Wilson’s extensive fine art collection, and two superb temporary exhibition galleries – for showing national and international touring shows, special highlights from the collections and fun shows for families.
The redevelopment has also become the new home for the town’s tourism services with the re-location of Cheltenham’s Tourist Information Centre to The Wilson. There is also a new ground floor café-bistro, serving delicious eats from breakfasts to light lunches, home-baked cakes and speciality roasted coffee and House of Bath teas.
The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen also has a new shop, the ‘Guild at 51’, selling and showing beautiful and contemporary crafts on the site.
To start the celebrations, The Wilson will be launching an exciting exhibitions and events programme. This has begun with a major retrospective show, Casting Brilliance, by the Gloucestershire-based, and internationally-recognised, glass artist Colin Reid. The new Friends Gallery of the art collection opened on November 13, and in the new year our new Paper Store will be opening showing our archive collections from the artwork of the explorer Edward Wilson to the library of Emery Walker and much more.
An exciting programme of exhibitions for 2014 is also being developed, including the loan – and return to Cheltenham after nearly 75 years - of Rodin’s Kiss from the Tate, a national touring show from the National Portrait Gallery and a summer family blockbuster exhibition, Dinosaurs Uncovered.
The Wilson will be open from 10.30am until 5.15pm on Saturday 5 October. Opening hours are 9.30am to 5.15pm, seven days a week. Entry is free. For more information visit the website