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November 2015

‘Impasto’ by Philip Compton Farquharson

Saturday, November 28, 2015 @ 10:30 am - Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

We are delighted to be hosting an exhibition by Olney-based artist, Philip Compton Farquharson.  Philip comes from an Art Historical background, having studied Art History at University up to postgraduate level (focussing on ethnographic material in the Andes, Amazonia and Oceania).  These studies, combined with his love of travel, have influenced his paintings, both in subject-matter and style.  The paintings are from countries he has visited, and he tries to encapsulate an aura, an impression of the place. Philip loves…

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February 2016

Ingrida Grosmane – Time of Harmony

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Our 2016 season opens with an exhibition by Latvian artist, Ingrida Grosmane, entitled 'Time of Harmony'. Ingrida, who now lives in Bedford, has a highly personal approach to her work and allows her paintings to speak for her. She believes a human being can only give out what she or he is feeling inside and, in her own case, she has a happy life and a love of her soul and tries to convey this through her work. And while…

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March 2016

Seeing eye to eye with Fair Trade: Helen Casey-Green

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

In March, we're delighted to be supporting Fairtrade month which runs until 13th March with an exhibition by Helen Casey-Green who, as well as being an artist, also runs 'eye2eye' in Wollaston Courtyard which carries a range of Fairtrade goods from food stuffs to crafts. As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products…

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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
Olney,
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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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Half Term Fun – Animals All Around!

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

Half Term Fun – Animals All Around! 27th May – 4th June – 10:30-4:30pm Pet Parade – Can you find Mr Cowper’s strange 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? For new admissions, the usual £5.00 applies for an annual pass to enjoy the museum and gardens as…

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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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Animal Magic by Charmian Hayes

Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 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 I.T. (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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Guided Walk around Olney

Sunday, July 17, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Meet outside the Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney
Bucks, MK464AJ United Kingdom
£5

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
£1.00

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 23, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join us in the Gazebo and unleash your creative side -  or just stick 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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