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April 2016

Weston Underwood Art Group : 10 Years On

Friday, April 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

To celebrate their tenth anniversary, the Weston Underwood Art Group is holding an exhibition at the Three Hares Gallery in Olney. “10 Years On” includes a wide range of work by 15 local artists using varied media and in their own individual styles. The Art Group was formed by its tutor Len Hollman, a potter and retired art teacher from Stoke Goldington. Originally an acrylic painting course with seven members, the group has expanded in numbers and has evolved to…

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The Cowper and Newton Society

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Museum Developments and Cowper Curiosities Tom Jones and Paul Collins, trustees of the museum, will be speaking to the Society at the Olney Centre. 12th April 7.30 pm. Members £2.00/ Visitors £4.00.

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May 2016

Significant Stillness by Nicky Kenny

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, May 27, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Once again we're pleased to be able to show an exhibition of photographs as part of our diverse programme of art exhibitions during 2016. For May we are hosting an exhibition by Nicky Kenny, who tells us here about her work and inspiration: "I have always loved photography. I remember as a child looking through old family albums, pictures of what may have been insignificant moments that had been locked in time, into tiny faded images, seeming now more significant in…

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Museums at Night – Open Garden

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum, Orchard Side
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Enjoy a Friday evening stroll in Olney around the Museum's walled flower and vegetable gardens. The flower garden is of significant horticultural interest and is planted only with specimens introduced to England before 1800, with very few exceptions.  The Summer House garden is planted and maintained as a Victorian-style vegetable garden by the tenant with many old varieties of vegetables. At the top of the garden, visit the "bouderie", the Summer House where the 18th Century poet William Cowper wrote…

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Cowper and Newton Museum at Olney Business Live!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come along to the  Chamber of Trade's Business Exhibition at the Carlton Club, Olney Find out how the Museum  has been working with local businesses Discover more fascinating facts about William Cowper and the Reverend John Newton Talk to the Museum volunteers and trustees to find out more about joining the team!

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Animals All Around Family Fun – School Holiday activities

Friday, May 27, 2016 - Saturday, June 4, 2016

Come along to our Family Activity Trails which are running from Friday 27th May to Saturday 4th June Pet Parade -   Can you find Mr Cowper’s strange collection of pets hidden around the house? Animal Antics  - Get to the end  of the ‘Who Am I? Puzzle Trail and spot the animals in the trees in the Garden.  Dare you enter the Creepy Crawly World of the Viper Barn? Free entry into the Family Fun Prize Draw Usual £5.00 for…

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June 2016

Parklife by Graeme Roach

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Once again, the Three Hares Art Gallery at the Cowper & Newton Museum is participating in the county-wide Bucks Open Studio event which runs from 11th to 26th June.  This year, we are pleased to welcome the artist Graeme Roach and his exhibition of drawings of Canadian Geese under the title 'Parklife'. We asked Graeme to tell us a little about himself and what lies behind the inspiration for his exhibition: "I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and after…

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Bucks Open Studio

Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Bucks Open Studio Bucks Open Studios is the largest visual arts event in the county. In June every year over 500 artists and makers, in over 200 different venues across Buckinghamshire, open their studios and run exhibitions and events for the public to visit. This year, Bucks Open Studios runs from 11th to 26th June and we are delighted that our art exhibition space, the Three Hares Gallery, is participating. We will be showing works by Graeme Roach of his…

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Sunday Open Day – Museum and Gardens

Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

The museum and gardens will be open this Sunday. Relive Georgian life in Olney!

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Cherry Fair

Saturday, June 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Olney Town and Museum

Cherry Fair Find the Cowper and Newton Museum represented at this 700 year old Cherry Fair in the St Peter and St Paul Church, Olney. Come along to learn about the Cowper and Newton Museum's project 'Poor Law Records of Olney' - insights into 18th century Olney life.  We have uncovered such historical gems as "sitting up with John Stratton, For Stratton's coffin, charges for self and man to fetch the corpse, gave Robert Abraham to go with the cart, Nat Gee (grave digger) his…

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July 2016

Out of Paint & Print: Colin Veitch

Friday, July 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

During July, we welcome Colin Veitch to the Gallery.  Here Colin tells us something of his background and his work... I had 'a day job', for 44 years that took me into four different careers; · Scenic Artist Repertory Theatres · Feature Films & Television Studios · A Civil Servant with The British Council · Events Organiser The John Lewis Partnership Each one of the above career paths moulded me but sadly tore me further and further away from my…

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Olney Open Gardens – Refreshments at the Cowper and Newton Museum

Sunday, July 3, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Olney Town and Museum

Olney Open Gardens Olney Open Gardens will be providing homemade cakes and drinks from the courtyard of The Cowper and Newton Museum from 10:30am onwards. The attractive courtyard adjoins the museum gardens, which are open and included in the price of the ticket. The museum garden contains mainly plants available in this country before 1800, the year of the poet's death. There is also a Victorian fruit and vegetable garden where many heritage seeds are grown. Proceeds of Olney Open Gardens…

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Alice in Wonderland

Sunday, July 10, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland comes to the wonder of the beautiful Cowper and Newton Museum gardens - a magical day with Rebecca Carrington and her students from Arts 1 School of Performance www.arts1.co.uk based in Milton Keynes, dressed as characters from this famous book... and remaining in character all day!        Fall into the world of the Mad Hatter without swallowing any potions!   Look forward to: -  Tweedle-dum & Tweedle-dee to welcome you throughout the day. -  A mad hatter's tea party in…

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Guided Walk around Olney

Sunday, July 17, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Meet outside the Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney
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The Haunts of Cowper and Newton - guided walk around Olney from the museum Join our guide Tom on a guided walk around Olney, setting off from the museum at 11am.      Do you live here? Or are you planning a visit to Olney? Why not come on a guided walk to explore the nooks and crannies of the town from the Market Place, with emphasis on the NORTH end of town. Follow the footsteps of William Cowper and…

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Hopping Hares – Family Fun for the Summer Holidays

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - Saturday, September 3, 2016

Hopping Hares... Where have Mr Cowper's pet hares got to now?  Under the table, avoiding the viper in the Viper Barn and escaping around the town.... Come and help us round them up   Craft table available everyday   Extra Craft activities on Tuesday mornings in August from 10.30 am - midday. Tuesday 9th August Tuesday 16th August Tuesday 23rd August Tuesday 30th August

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August 2016

Urban Eye: Views through the Brush & Lens by Mike & Beki Bloor

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Urban Eye: Views through the Brush & Lens featuring paintings and photographs by father and daughter, Mike and Beki Bloor

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Family Crafts in the Gazebo

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 @ 10:30 am

Join us in the Gazebo and unleash your creative side -  or just enjoy sticking something! FREE

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Family Crafts in the Gazebo

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Unleash your creative side - or just stick something! FREE

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September 2016

Animal Magic by Charmian Hayes

Friday, September 2, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Charmian studied art in Liverpool back in the dark ages when the Beatles were fab and we could all do the twist without falling over. For many years she had a “proper” job in IT (in the days when it was called ADP) and painting was her hobby, but when the arrival of a son and heir necessitated working from home she turned to art and began taking commissions for portraits and caricatures. Originally her portraits were done in pastels,…

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October 2016

VISUALise: Inspiration for Stitch and Expression

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

ISE (Inspiration for Stitch and Expression) was formed several years ago by like minded artists who enjoy creating diverse work with stitch as the common thread. On display are abstract, realistic and figurative art and fashion accessories using a wide variety of media: wire, paper, fabric (new, distressed and recycled) and found objects: these are hand and machine stitched, or felted to fashion art inspired by both the natural world and the built environment.

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Family Fun – Mouse Mayhem

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Saturday, October 29, 2016
Museum, Orchard Side

Family Fun Mouse Mayhem The nights are drawing in and the weather is getting colder. The animals are looking for a warm place to spend the Winter  …   Join us as we go on a Mouse Hunt around the Museum House and Gardens and track down the animals as they go into hibernation. Mouse Hunt in the Museum Find the hibernating animals in the dark of the Viper Barn by the light of your finger torch (incl in the price…

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November 2016

Looking Out, Looking In: Ann Edwards

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Thursday, December 1, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

During November, The Three Hares Gallery is hosting an exhibition by Ann Edwards entitled ‘Looking Out, Looking In’. Ann lives in a small village in Bedfordshire, with her husband and dog. 20 years ago she trained as a counsellor, and for a long time she has been working part time as a counsellor. Most of her therapeutic work is with adolescents using a variety of creative techniques. However, long before life as a counsellor Ann did a Fine Art degree…

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December 2016

Late Night Opening

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Our shop, Museum, gardens and Art Gallery are all open until 8.00  for Late Night Opening in Olney on 1st December Go to Bed Ted Prize Draw We are also giving a prize draw ticket to win Ted with each £5 spent in our shop for all our customers. Go to Bed Ted Prize Draw will also run on Dickens Day ready to join his new family for Christmas

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Winter Tails, Wildlife Art by John Tuff

Saturday, December 3, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

The Gallery is delighted to welcome local artist John Tuff with his exhibition of wildlife in chalk pastel.

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February 2017

We Open for the 2017 Season – Tuesday 14th February

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Welcome to a busy and exciting 2017 season Extra heritage events for MK50 with our MK Collection partners  - Bletchley Park, Living Archive, Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre and MK Museum Part of a brand new heritage inspired sound art installation with our MK Collection partners and MK Gallery Events in the Museum at the end of the year to commemorate the 250 anniversary of William Cowper coming to live in Olney Joint events with the Friends of the Library…

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