Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 - 2022

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Secret Postcard exhibition & auction

Secret Postcards 2022

Our very first Secret Postcard Exhibition & auction has been a huge success! It's no longer on display in the Handmade on Painswick cafe, but you can still view it online here, and some cards are still available for bids!

What is a secret postcard exhibition? Lots of wonderful artists, both amateur & professional, have supported us by creating beautiful miniature artworks. They will be displayed anonymously and bids are invited on each one, all starting at £10. You simply decide on your maximum bid, and if you're the highest bidder when the exhibition closes you will be the owner of a mini masterpiece. BUT while you will know the names of the artists who have submitted works, who painted what is only revealed once the exhibition ends!

Summer art workshops

Summer art workshops

We are now offering summer holiday workshops for kids! Each costs £25 (reduced rates available), please email classes@painswickcentre.com for more info & to book.

Creative workshops with artist
Hannah Ellis for ages 5-11:

Tropical birds collage
4th August 1.30-4pm

Chameleon sculptures
11th August 9.30am-12

Bug & Butterfly sculptures
18th August 9.30am-12

Objects of Importance: still life with artist
Kerry Duggan for ages 9-14:

30th August 9.30am-12

31st August 9.30am-12

 

Wick-Flix presents The Duke

Wick-Flix

September's showing was postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and will now be shown in October.

Wick-Flix is back on Friday 7th October with The Duke. Starring Jim Broadbent and Dame Helen Mirren, this is a hilarious British caper telling the incredible true story of an art theft, a pensioner taxi driver turned unlikely criminal, and ransom notes sent to the Government demanding better care for the elderly...

"Heartwarming, beautifully shot and more English than a basket of fish and chips with a side of mushy peas."
Mike Scott, Times Picayune

Tickets £9 on the door, cash or card; first drink is included; doors open at 7pm; screening starts at 7.45pm. With an interval for drinks & ice cream, sweet & savoury snacks also available.

What is The Painswick Centre?

The building now known as The Painswick Centre was given to the town well over 100 years ago thanks to the generosity of the wealthy Frances Sarah Williams. Originally called The Painswick Institute & Working Men’s Club (or The 'Stute as it was affectionately known for many decades), it was opened to great fanfare in September 1907, and provided somewhere the local community could mix together in large numbers, regardless of class or religion. The Institute was founded as a charity to be managed by Trustees, which is how it is still run today.

According to the original Deed of Trust, the
building was "for the general benefit, improvement, education, & advantage of the inhabitants"
of Painswick and the surrounding villages, and
"the Trustees shall not pay any regard to race,
religion, sect or creed."

Over the years the Institute was an extremely well used centre for many clubs, groups and community celebrations. After the acrimonious closure of the Working Men's Club in the late 1990s, the Institute was renamed as The Painswick Centre, and it has continued to strive to provide a wide range of recreational, educational and social opportunities for the community to enjoy, true to the original wishes of our founder Frances Sarah Williams.

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