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Art activities at Mansfield Museum

Posted onPosted on 27th Sep

Mansfield Museum is showcasing the work of Mansfield and Ashfield’s young artists in the Young Picasso exhibition on Friday 7, Tuesday 11, and Wednesday 12 October.

Winners from schools across the area in 3 age groups (9 to 11, 12 to 15 and 16 to 18) will be judged and awarded prizes by Mayor Andy Abrahams on Saturday 8 October.

Young people aged 12 to 16 are being urged to make a new mural at the museum during October half term. Pop in and be given a ‘Scribble Square’ to design and decorate as you wish using pencil, paint or other art materials between Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 and Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 October.

During all of October half-term the museum is holding a pumpkin carving competition. Send a picture of you and your pumpkin for a Wall of Fame at the museum. Email it to [email protected].uk or send it via social media pages. At the end of the holidays, the museum will select our favourites.

The venue is also taking collections for food banks during the school holidays and asks anyone that can to donate tinned and / or packet foods when they visit.

Half- term holiday arts and crafts sessions run from 10am to 12pm Tuesdays to Fridays and include:

  • Tuesday 18 October – Autumn Jars
  • Wednesday 19 October – Animal Masks
  • Thursday 20 October – Autumn Wreaths
  • Friday 21 October – Leaf Mobiles
  • Tuesday 25 October – Halloween Ghosts
  • Wednesday 26 October – Trick or Treat bags
  • Thursday 27 October – Halloween masks
  • Friday 28 October – Spooky story time

See Charlotte Middelton’s book, Christopher Nibble, brought to life by Topsy Turvy Theatre on Saturday 22 October at 11am and 2pm.  Tickets are priced at adults £11, children £6 and under-2s are free. Book online at or call the theatre Box Office on 01623 633133.

Local author Adrian Beedon is hosting storytelling and illustration activities featuring the star of his books, Alfred Turtle, on Wednesday 5 and Friday 14 October, Tuesday 15 and Friday 25 November, and Wednesday 14 December.

On 3 November the venue welcomes MishMash Productions, which brings Strange Creatures to Mansfield Museum. It is inspired by the book Beegu written and illustrated by Alexis Deacon.

Coun Stuart Richardson, portfolio holder for Health and Communities, said: “This is a wonderful programme of events, encouraging youngsters and teenagers to engage with the Museum and cultural activities at an early age and is another addition to the increasingly diverse output from Mansfield District Councils Cultural Services.”

Every other Friday (term-time only) the museum runs under-5s Stay and Play sessions. Each session is themed with messy play activities on the week’s topic, such as Autumn, colours or shapes, and with sensory activities also available.

Other regular events include our Sanctuary and Games Café (every other Thursday), Reminiscence Tea Room (third Wednesday of the month), Make a Start Mansfield (Thursdays) and Bamford’s valuations (first Thursday of the month.)

The museum wants volunteers for its Windrush Generation project with the aim of creating an exhibition for 2023.