Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum begins festivities with two favourite annual exhibitions featuring the work of local artists



  • Crafted for You features beautiful work created by artists from across Worcestershire, opens 27 November 2021 – 22 January 2022
  • Worcester Society of Artists 74th annual exhibition opens 27 November 2021 – 22 January 2022
  • 12 days of Christmas trail for families, Christmas activity workshops and a special festive Museum after Hours on Friday 10 December. Check the website for event details: museumsworcestershire.org.uk


This Christmas, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum is urging residents to support their local artists and craft makers and #ShopLocal through visiting two exhibitions which celebrate a wealth of local talent in a colourful, seasonal celebration of art and craft. Crafted for You and Worcester Society of Artists annual exhibitions open on Saturday 27th November until 22nd January.

Crafted for You shows an exquisite array of jewellery, prints, ceramics and other handmade craftsmanship. Worcestershire has a special history as a centre for decorative making skills and this tradition continues today and is proudly celebrated in this exhibition. Each piece has been made by a talented maker and hand-picked for the exhibition.

Maggie Wallace, exhibition curator said “Crafted for You is perfect for that unique Christmas gift for someone special or a treat for yourself, all items are for sale and make perfect presents with a local provenance. Purchasing from the exhibition supports local artists and the museum, enabling more exciting exhibitions and events to happen.”

Founded in 1947 to encourage the appreciation, understanding and practice of the visual arts, the Worcester Society of Artists has exhibited every year since their first year of existence at Worcester City Art Gallery. The Society’s exhibition will be opened by the Mayor, Councillor Stephen Hodgson and the Lady Mayoress, Councillor Lucy Hodgson with the Mayor selecting a painting of his choice to hang in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Guildhall.  This year many of the artists have taken their inspiration on the theme of winter so seasonal paintings will hang alongside work with a less chilly theme. Many of the artworks are for sale.

Christine Phillips from Worcester Society of Artists comments: “Worcester Society of Artists is a group of talented local artists who will be exhibiting exciting and original artworks in many different mediums and styles. We are very much looking forward to having the exhibition on show at the Art Gallery & Museum.”

There is plenty of festive activity on at the Art Gallery & Museum throughout December for all to enjoy. From 27 November a Twelve Days of Christmas Trail through the galleries will entertain families, featuring beautiful illustrations by 11th Worcester Brownies. A special Christmas-themed Museum after Hours on Friday 10 December promises festive fun with cocktails and music by DJ Ed Steelefox. Families can create fabulous festive decorations for their tree in an artist-led workshop on Saturday 18 December.

Crafted for You and Worcester Society of Artists 74th Annual Exhibition are on from 27 November until 22 January at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. The Art Gallery & Museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10.30am – 4.30pm, entry is free.

For more information see www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk or call 01905 25371.


Notes to Editors


Image credit for photograph attached: Small Penguin, Tania Holland. © the artist


For further information contact Helen Large: email Helen.Large@worcester.gov.uk

For further information on Worcester Society of Artists contact Christine Phillips: email chrisworcesterartists@gmail.com


Christmas activities at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum


Crafted for You with Worcester Society of Artists 74th Annual exhibition

27 November – 22 January

A hand-picked selection of Worcestershire’s finest craft makers together with a fabulous eclectic selection of art from Worcester Society of Artists.


Workshop – Calligraphy for Christmas (please book in advance)

Wednesday 1 December, 11am – 1.30pm

Join calligrapher Christine Oxley to make a beautiful and unique Christmas card.

Suitable for ages 15+

£4, to book see www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk


Museum after Hours

Friday 10 December, 5.30 – 8pm

Enjoy the museum out-of-hours with live music (DJ Ed Steelefox) and a cocktail in hand! The perfect way to end the week. 10% off all CFY purchases.

Free entry. No booking required, drop by and enjoy the vibe.


Showcase Saturday Family-friendly talk (please book in advance)

Saturday 11 December, 11am – 12pm

A fun and informative talk about the wonders of potions and lotions in the Museum’s recreated Victorian Chemist Shop.

£4, to book see www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk


Bite Size talk (please book in advance)

Tuesday 14 December, 1.30 – 2pm

Find out all about the top treasure finds of last year

£3, to book see www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk or pop into the Museum Shop


Drop-in workshop for families – Printed Christmas Decorations

Saturday 18 December, 11am – 2pm

Printer and illustrator Stephen Fowler will help you create gorgeous Christmas decorations for your tree and home.



Throughout December enjoy the 12 days of Christmas family trail around the museum. £1


Please note: The Art Gallery & Museum will be closed 25 – 28 December and 1 – 3 January



About Museums Worcestershire
Museums Worcestershire is the joint museum service of Worcester City and Worcestershire County Councils. It comprises three fantastic venues– Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, the Commandery in Worcester and The County Museum at Hartlebury Castle.

The collections and exhibitions at our sites are many and varied, covering centuries of the county’s history right up to the present day. Thousands of objects, including the historic buildings themselves, are brought to life through innovative exhibitions and events throughout the year.