Torch­light evening is a unique way to ex­pe­ri­ence our gallery

Gloucestershire Echo - - NOSTALGIA -

» 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

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