Published on 18th March 2014

A picture of the planets for the Cheltenham Schools' Art by a pupil at Grangefield Primary School, inspired by The Planets

29 March - 27 April 2014

Young artists will be showing off their talents in the annual art show open to both primary and secondary schools in Cheltenham. Some of the best work produced by pupils will be on show at The Wilson from Saturday 29 March until Sunday 27 April and The Holst Birthplace Museum from Saturday 29 March until Saturday 26 April. The display will draw on inspiration from all topics past and present – using various techniques including drawing, painting, collage and printing.

This year some young artists have created work inspired by Gustav Holst’s music The Planets as 2014 sees the centenary of when he began composing this great masterpiece.

Sophia Wilson, Exhibitions Team Leader says:

“We always enjoy hosting the Schools’ Art exhibition – it is great to see such a rich variety of work especially with its spontaneity and imaginative approach. We are pleased to be working with the Holst Birthplace Museum this year and there is some great work on show at the museum inspired by Holst’s most famous work The Planets.

“I think art is such a great avenue for learning all subjects at school and provides young people with the means to think creatively and develop their confidence and I am pleased we are able to support these young artists through their primary and secondary education.”

The exhibition opens on Saturday 29 March at 10am at both venues.


For further details contact: Sophia Wilson, Exhibitions Team Leader,  tel 01242 775711

Photo opportunity
: There will be a photo call at The Wilson at 10.45am and the Holst at 11.45am on Saturday 29 March.  


Notes for Editor:
The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum re-opened to the public on the 5th October 2013, after a major new build costing in the region of £6 million. Designed by architects Berman Guedes Stretton, the new building offers something for everybody, whether they are local to the area, or coming to Cheltenham for the first time.

Four new floors house a gallery dedicated to the Art Gallery & Museum’s extensive fine art collection, a re-interpreted Arts and Crafts gallery (showing the world-renowned designated 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 is also the new home for the town’s tourism services - with the re-location of Cheltenham’s Tourist Information Centre to the Art Gallery & Museum – including the opening of a new ground floor café-bistro, serving delicious eats (daytime and evening).

The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen also have a new retail outlet, called the “Guild at 51”, selling and showing beautiful and contemporary crafts on the site, and the Art Gallery & Museum will be working with the University of Gloucestershire, in co-hosting national touring shows in the new galleries.