Here is our programme of activities, talks and tours aimed at adults. We also do activities for children. You can also view the full arts and heritage brochure with all our activities including special exhibitions in the gallery, and the Pavilion at SeaCity Museum.

To book please telephone on 023 8083 4536. Early booking recommended for all events to avoid disappointment! As part of the gallery’s partnership with Adult and Community learning, adults aged 19 and over maybe eligible for a discount on workshop activities. Please ask for details when booking. 

Friday Touch Tours for visitors with visual impairments
Friday 31 Mar / 10.30am-12.30pm / FREE / Pre-book on 023 8083 2810
Art Educator Jo Bressloff leads our bi-monthly Touch Tours exploring our collections and latest exhibitions making art accessible to visually impaired audiences. Friendly and informal, you won’t require prior knowledge to enjoy Jo’s tours. Call for more information.

L.S Lowry Discussion and Demonstration with Margery Clarke 
Sat 25 Feb and Fri 24 Mar 
1.30-2.30pm / £10 / Pre-book
Join ‘The First’ Gallery’s Margery Clarke for a discussion and demonstration of L.S Lowry’s painting techniques, learn how Lowry transformed Clarke’s Painting of Nun into his painting of Man in Bowler Hat. 

Art History Study Days
Saturday: 11 Mar /Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / 10am-3.30pm / £28 (£26 Cons) / Pre-book
Study days are open to those who are new to the art world and anyone already familiar with it. Includes looking at artworks in the gallery as well as tea and coffee.

Sat 6 May - British Art 1910 - 1920: A Decade of Change 
Sat 22 July – British Surrealism 
Sat 16 September - David Bomberg


Saturday Life Drawing 
Saturdays: 1 Apr, 22 Apr, 27 May, 17 Jun / 11am-4pm  £34 / Pre-book
Brian Reynolds leads our monthly life drawing sessions suitable for any ability except absolute beginners. You are welcome to bring materials but we can supply the basics. Please note there will be a full day pose on 22 April and 17 June.


Abstract Painting and Mixed Media Workshop
Sat 15 Apr / 11am-4pm  / £34 / Pre-book
Be inspired by the abstract works on display in the gallery and work with artist Abi Kremer to develop your own expressive techniques. Media used will be inks, acrylic paint and collage – please bring an object that has meaning for you as a starting point. Materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own brushes and pallet knife.

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