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Secret Postcard exhibition & auction

Secret Postcards 2022

Our very first Secret Postcard Exhibition & auction is now open, until 2nd September. You can view in person at the Handmade in Painswick cafe (Mon-Sat 10-4, Sun 11-3), or you can view and bid on the entire exhibition online here.

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 [email protected] 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 will be back in September


Wick-Flix is on its summer break, but will be back on Friday 9th September! Keep an eye out for which film will be showing a bit nearer the time.

Painswick's very own community cinema nights are always a gorgeous affair, with candlelit tables, canapés on arrival, and your first drink included in the ticket price. £9 on the door, cash or card, doors open at 7pm, the showing 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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