An autumn of fun-packed events promised in Bath
The National Trust is giving art lovers the chance to meet four contemporary artists at Dyrham Park. It has organised a study day on Saturday September 29, linked to the contemporary arts exhibition ‘A World Away’.
In this exhibition the global connections of William Blathwayt, who built Dyrham Park in the 17th century, are explored through the work of contemporary artists.
Four of the artists featured in the exhibition will take part in the study day: Helen Sear, Shirley Chubb, Steve Johnson and Leo Fitzmaurice.
“This really is a fantastic opportunity to hear these artists talk about their own work in context, here in the beautiful setting of Dyrham Park,” said Dr Rupert Goulding, the exhibition’s curator.
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“We’re very lucky to have been chosen as one of five National Trust properties to exhibit works on loan from the Arts Council Collection, as part of the Trust New Art programme for 2012.”
Trust New Art is the National Trust’s three-year programme in partnership with the Arts Council England to promote contemporary and modern art in its historic places. In total, 19 works have been loaned by the Arts Council Collection to Dyrham Park.
The study day costs £30, including light lunch, but places are limited so anyone interested is encouraged to book their tickets by contacting 0117 9371330. The exhibition will run at Dyrham Park until October 28, 2012.
And there’s plenty of festivals and events to ensure visitors have a fun-packed diary this autumn – we’ve picked some of the highlights.
Book Festival – from October 5 to October 16, a host of famous authors will be heading to the city for the Bath Autumn Book Festival organised by the Topping and Company Booksellers. Among them will be television commentator Clare Balding, the legendary Michael Palin and comedian David Mitchell.Topping and Company Booksellers of Bath, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS T: 01225 428111.-City to Garden Walk – the National Trust is holding a free guided walk from the outside of Bath Abbey to Prior Park Landscape Garden via Widcombe on September 18 and October 16 from 10am to 12 noon. Admission price to the garden, payable on arrival at Prior Park, includes a hot drink. Participants are told to allow two hours for the walk, the guided walk is free and to wear stout walking shoes. Meet in front of the Abbey in the churchyard.
Prior Park Landscape Garden, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, BA2 5AH T: 01225 833422.
Children’s Literature – the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature takes place from September 28 to October 7 at various locations across the city. There’s the chance to participate in workshops, enjoy talks, meet characters and find out more about the books youngsters love. The festival starts with Where’s Wally Parade at 5pm in Southgate on September 28 – free but a ticket required.
Bath Festivals, Third Floor, Abbey Chambers, Kingston Buildings, Bath, BA1 1NT T: 01225 462231. Tickets from Bath Box Office, Bath Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Chambers, Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY T: 01225 463362.
Spirit of Glastonbury – this year has been a fallow year for the world-famous Festival but a museum in Bath and North East Somerset is hosting a special exhibition from September 7 to November 30. Radstock Museum will be featuring Spirit of Glastonbury: An exhibition of images, memorabilia and stories from the Glastonbury Festival. Using the work of the official festival photographers plus contributions from local people, it traces the history of the event which stretches back more than 40 years.
Radstock Museum, Waterloo Road, Radstock, BA3 3EP T: 01761 437722.
Bath Sky Diary – from September 8 to November 18 an exhibition of more than 50 paintings by Bath-based artist Philip Bouchard will be on display at the Victoria Art Gallery showing a Bath Sky Diary. He painting a different sky painting every day as part of post-surgery recuperation. The collection features two large paintings of the city – one a detailed panorama of rooftops and sky above Bath Abbey and the other an evening sky with arches below reflected in the River Avon. A tour of the exhibition with the artist takes place at the Gallery on September 26 from 1pm to 1.45pm. Admission is free and no booking is required. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sundays 1.30pm to 5pm. Admission is free.
Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AT T: 01225 477244
Bath Beer Festival – 80 real ales and 30 traditional ciders are on offer to try at the Festival taking place at Bath Bath Pavilion on October 19 and 20. Live music and hot food will also be available. Strictly for 18 and over. Open Friday 6pm to 11pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm and 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Tickets £7 in advance and £8 on the door.
Bath Bath Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath, BA2 4EU T: 01225 486902
Time for panto – oh yes it is! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is heading for Bath’s Theatre Royal and for tickets booked before October 31, there’s buy one get one free on selected performances. There’s one free ticket with every full-priced adult ticket booked and paid for before October 31 for shows on December 13 and 14 and every Wednesday and Thursday performance from January 3. Maximum of four free tickets per booking. Subject to availability. The show stars Nichola McAuliffe, Chris Harris and Jon Monie. Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET T: 01225 448815 Box Office 01225 448844