Artists in Focus

Chantal Joffe, Esme and Alba in Madison Square Garden,
2015. Pastel on board, Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice

The 2018 annual Collections galleries re-hang focuses on individual artists who each have a distinct body of work within our Permanent Collection.


Each of our themed collection rooms will feature multiple works from a single contemporary artist, alongside highlights from our renowned Garman Ryan Collection.


Artists from our Permanent Collection represented include Frank Auerbach, Rachel Goodyear, Chantal Joffe and George Shaw.


Events Programme


Yoga for Wellbeing

Saturday 2 June, 8.30am for a prompt 9am start. Enjoy a relaxing and contemplative yoga class, surrounded by artworks from our Collections.

Floor 1, Main Hall

Book a free place at Receptio or by calling 01922 654400.


Mindfulness Techniques

Saturday 2 June, 11am and 12pm

Come and enjoy an introduction to basic mindfulness practice, in a relaxed, meditative environment surrounded by Cornelia Parker’s stunning print portfolio.

Floor 2, Cornelia Parker room

Book a free place at Reception or by calling 01922 654400.


Wellbeing Tour

Saturday 2 June, 2pm

Join Collections Curator Julie Brown for an informal tour of the exhibition, and dicussion around Art and Wellbeing.

Drop in, meet Floor 1, Main Hall, by the bench at bottom of the stairs.


Mini Masters Art Class – Chantal Joffe

Saturday 9 June, 11am-1pm

Get inspired by the brightly coloured pastels in the workshop exploring Chantal Joffe’s fast and fun technique, to create your own mini masterpiece!

Drop in, Floor 1 Activity Room


BSL Tour

Saturday 9 June, 2-4pm

Come on an informal signed tour, for deaf and hard of hearing visitors, and get an introduction to the work in Artists in Focus, before taking part in a practical activity.

Floors 1 & 2

Book a free place at Reception or by calling 01922 654400.


Mindful Drawing Practice

Saturday 8 September, 11am-12pm

A practical, artist led guide to simple mindful drawing practice techniques.

Floor 1 Activity Room

Book a free place at Reception or by calling 01922 654400.


Audio Described Tour

Saturday 8 September, 2pm

An informal tour of some of the highlights of the new Collections displays, including elements of touch.

All welcome, suitable for visitors with visual impairments.

Floors 1 & 2

Book a free place at Reception or by calling 01922 654400.


Silver Memories

Saturday 8 September, 2-4pm

Bring your own silver objects for an informal reminiscence session around Thirty Pieces of Silver (Exposed) or

share or listen to memories re-called through gathered objects, while doing some therapeutic polishing!

Drop in, Floor 2, Cornelia Parker room


Drawing from Life

Saturday 6 October, 11am-4pm

Want to learn to draw, or pick up some new techniques?

Come along to a friendly, artist led, drawing session in the gallery spaces, where there will be stations set up for you to draw a range of set pieces, including models and flowers and still life.

Drop in, Floors 1 & 2


All events are free, but please consider giving a donation to support the Gallery, if you can.



Artists in Focus – Celebrating Museums & Wellbeing exhibition guide