Torchlight evening is a unique way to experience our gallery
» THE leaves are turning, schools are back in full swing and here at The Wilson we are turning our attention to fun, learning and skills as well.
Every year in September, a new season of opportunities arises to develop skills, appreciate the collection and build your knowledge of art and artistic processes.
As the nights close in and the gallery spaces develop a rich twilight hue, we will be bringing back our Museum by Torchlight series once more.
With the lights extinguished, torch in hand, you’ll be able to hunt around our gallery spaces for hidden objects in an atmospheric scavenger hunt aimed at families and their young explorers.
No one will lead, you are the agent of your discovery as you carefully make your way through the dark spaces beyond.
The creaks and cracks of the floorboards pierce the night as you sweep your narrow torchlit gaze across our permanent collection, looking for skulls, masks and other oddities hidden within.
This is truly an exciting way to experience the objects in our galleries with new significance and fun.
If it wasn’t clear yet, it gets very dark! Bring your sense of play and a spoonful of bravery, and we’ll supply the torches.
For the curious and artistically inclined, we present the opportunity to experience a new artform and process with our Beginner Series, running until January.
Within our autumn and winter programme we are offering such delights as linocut printmaking, various forms of painting, screenprinting and more.
These are informal full-day experiences with a practicing artist, where you can chat, experiment and learn in a judgement-free environment.
We provide the equipment, space and the knowledge; you provide the smiles and enthusiasm.
This series will be continuing with every season, but the techniques being covered will vary, so make sure to jump quickly on any sessions that are of interest to you.
October half-term sees the return of a favourite from last year, with our aptly named The Wilson’s Second Annual Draw-a-thon.
This delightful free activity during the school holidays (Thursday, October 31 ) sees our Foyle workshop space covered in paper from floor to wall, opened up for full day and art materials provided for our whole community to create a vast, co-operative masterpiece.
Last year the results were stunning, so make sure to drop by for this one.
Doodle for five minutes, or draw an elaborate scene with friends for an hour or more. The workshop is your oyster, so get creative.
Looking into the future, The Wilson is going to continue to have an exciting, diverse and engaging programme of events for the community to get involved in, but it won’t be under my guidance.
This will be my last article as I leave the organisation next week, and I would like to thank our wonderful community for the creativity and joy they bring, The Wilson staff for their tireless work and enthusiasm and the Echo and Citizen staff for allowing us to share what we do.
I will be checking in from time to time to see our amazing young artists and their families, the brilliant events and artists who run them, but this time as a community member myself.
I can’t wait – I hope to see you all soon, and join you on your bright future; your path to discovery, fun and learning.
The Citizen centenary supplement