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Sunday Afternoon Art – Reassembling the Collection: Accidental Owls
Sunday 7 June 2020

Sunday Afternoon Art – Reassembling the Collection: Accidental Owls

Sunday Afternoon Art is our monthly art drop-in session which is usually held at the Gallery for families to take part in on the first Sunday of every month. Whilst the Gallery is closed, we…
See Saw @ Home – Texture
Friday 5 June 2020

See Saw @ Home – Texture

Welcome to another SeeSaw @ Home – 9 weeks of activities for ages 5 and under to do at home with a grown-up. This week is all about Texture. Scroll down to find the artwork​…
In conversation with Louise Anderson
Wednesday 3 June 2020

In conversation with Louise Anderson

Our ‘in conversation’ this week is with artist, printmaker, teacher and gardener, Louise Anderson who took inspiration on the photos of the garden at Byfield House on Church Road in Barnes from the Leslie Paton…
Collection Focus – Wedding at Twickenham Church
Tuesday 2 June 2020

Collection Focus – Wedding at Twickenham Church

Following on from last week’s Collection Focus, volunteer Madeleine discusses the life of Osmund Caine and offers another view on his work, Wedding at Twickenham Church.
Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!
Monday 1 June 2020

Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!

Learn more about the artists, makers and producers that are featured in our gallery shop. This week we take a look at ethical and eco-friendly handmade brand Nkuku.
Sunday Afternoon Art – Terrible Tom and the Hidden Treasure
Sunday 31 May 2020

Sunday Afternoon Art – Terrible Tom and the Hidden Treasure

Sunday Afternoon Art is our monthly art drop-in session which is usually held at the Gallery for families to take part in on the first Sunday of every month. Whilst the Gallery is closed, we…
See Saw @ Home – Shape
Friday 29 May 2020

See Saw @ Home – Shape

Join us on Friday for activities for under 5s to do together with a grown up.  We will be exploring line, colour, shape, pattern, texture, design and composition, mass and volume and balance in fun…
In conversation with Jeremy Morgan
Wednesday 27 May 2020

In conversation with Jeremy Morgan

In this interview with artists from our Beyond the Frame exhibition, we speak with Oxfordshire based artist Jeremy Morgan. We ask painter, printmaker and graphic designer Jeremy about his route to where he is now artistically; “I think something in…
Collection Focus – Wedding at Twickenham Church
Tuesday 26 May 2020

Collection Focus – Wedding at Twickenham Church

Volunteer Will brings us the first of two analyses into an incredibly popular piece from the collection – Osmund Caine’s Wedding at Twickenham Church.
Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!
Monday 25 May 2020

Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!

Learn more about the artists, makers and producers that are featured in our gallery shop. Frances Kiernan is this week’s focus, who produces handmade paper based products.
Sunday Afternoon Art – When the Queen Comes for Tea
Sunday 24 May 2020

Sunday Afternoon Art – When the Queen Comes for Tea

Sunday Afternoon Art is our monthly art drop-in session which is usually held at the Gallery for families to take part in on the first Sunday of every month. Whilst the Gallery is closed, we…
See Saw @ Home – Colour
Friday 22 May 2020

See Saw @ Home – Colour

We are pleased to bring you SeeSaw @ Home – 9 weeks of activities for ages 5 and under to do with a grown-up. New activities will be released on Friday mornings and we’ll explore…
Burton: Exploring without Boundaries
Thursday 21 May 2020

Burton: Exploring without Boundaries

In view of next year’s bicentenary of the birth of Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton, Emily Lunn, Heritage Project Manager for the Environment Trust, talks to Chris Burton, our Exhibitions and Collections Arts Officer, about…
In conversation with Mike Cole
Wednesday 20 May 2020

In conversation with Mike Cole

Continuing our conversations with the artists exhibiting at Beyond the Frame, local artist Mike Cole takes time to explain why he started painting, the creative process behind his work and how Hilditch’s ‘Richmond Bridge from…
Collection Focus – James Gibbs
Tuesday 19 May 2020

Collection Focus – James Gibbs

Our volunteer Megan takes a look at a portrait of prolific architect and designer of the Octagon Room – James Gibbs.
Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!
Monday 18 May 2020

Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!

Learn more about the artists, makers and producers that are featured in our gallery shop. Today we look at Jennie Ing, who works with relief printing.
Sunday Afternoon Art – Octagon Room Colouring
Sunday 17 May 2020

Sunday Afternoon Art – Octagon Room Colouring

Sunday Afternoon Art is our monthly art drop-in session which is usually held at the Gallery for families to take part in on the first Sunday of every month. Whilst the Gallery is closed, we…
See Saw @ Home – Line
Friday 15 May 2020

See Saw @ Home – Line

Join us on Friday for activities for under 5s to do together with a grown up.  We will be exploring line, colour, shape, pattern, texture, design and composition, mass and volume and balance in fun…
In conversation with Loraine Monk
Wednesday 13 May 2020

In conversation with Loraine Monk

Continuing our chats with artists from our Beyond the Frame exhibition, we (virtually) meet up with academic and artist Loraine Monk. Growing up in Kingston Upon Thames, Loraine gives us an insight into the part luck, as well as personal and social history, played in giving inspiration…
Collection Focus – Statue of Diana
Tuesday 12 May 2020

Collection Focus – Statue of Diana

In another article looking at our Borough Collection, our volunteer Megan has chosen a unique item to discuss – the statue of Diana located in the grounds, outside the Octagon.
Sunday Afternoon Art – Make Your Own Paintbrush
Sunday 10 May 2020

Sunday Afternoon Art – Make Your Own Paintbrush

Sunday Afternoon Art is our monthly art drop-in session which is usually held at the Gallery for families to take part in on the first Sunday of every month. Whilst the Gallery is closed, we…
Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!
Friday 8 May 2020

Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!

Learn more about the artists, makers and producers that are featured in our gallery shop. Jewellery maker Helen Delanghe is today’s focus.
See Saw @ Home – Collections
Friday 8 May 2020

See Saw @ Home – Collections

Join us every Friday for the next 9 weeks for activities for under 5s to do together with a grown up.  We will be exploring line, colour, shape, pattern, texture, design and composition, mass and…
In conversation with Bessie Millar
Wednesday 6 May 2020

In conversation with Bessie Millar

Continuing with our conversations with the artists from Beyond the Frame this week it is Bessie Millar’s turn to tell us more about her beautiful en plein air pastels. Bessie chose as inspiration a book of…
Sunday Afternoon Art – Recycled Rockets
Sunday 3 May 2020

Sunday Afternoon Art – Recycled Rockets

Inspired by our Sunday Afternoon Art sessions, we are posting easy art activities for families online.    Today we are taking inspiration from Richmond Council’s ‘Ask an Astronaut’ interview with Helen Sharman and their project to use…
Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!
Friday 1 May 2020

Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!

Learn more about the artists, makers and producers that are featured in our gallery shop. Today’s post highlights ceramics artist, Charlotte Stockley.
Art Skills – Visual Analysis
Thursday 30 April 2020

Art Skills – Visual Analysis

Following on from our Collection Focus articles, our volunteer Madeleine has written a guide to visual analysis, so you can learn how to analyse the components of an artwork and gain a greater understanding of…
In conversation with Tabitha Macbeth 
Wednesday 29 April 2020

In conversation with Tabitha Macbeth 

Continuing our look at the artists from the Beyond the Frame exhibition we share a cup of tea with Tabitha Macbeth.  Taking a well earned break from the building work on her house and all the other…
Sunday Afternoon Art – Miniatures
Sunday 26 April 2020

Sunday Afternoon Art – Miniatures

Looking for something creative to do this weekend?  Inspired by our Sunday Afternoon Art sessions, we are posting easy art activities for families online. Today we are taking inspiration from our miniatures gallery activity from…
Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!
Friday 24 April 2020

Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!

Learn more about the artists, makers and producers that are featured in our gallery shop. Today’s post highlights Twickenham artist, Jem Panufnik.
In conversation with Jem Panufnik
Wednesday 22 April 2020

In conversation with Jem Panufnik

During this time of stay at home visits to museums, galleries and theatres, the team here at Orleans House Gallery thought that this would be the perfect time to find out a little more about…
Collection Focus – Henry Ye 7th
Monday 20 April 2020

Collection Focus – Henry Ye 7th

In the second of our articles exploring an artwork from the Richmond Borough Collection Art, our volunteer Jason examines a portrait of Henry VII by an unknown artist.
Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!
Friday 17 April 2020

Found in the Orleans House Gallery Shop!

Learn more about the artists, makers and producers that are featured in our gallery shop. Today’s post looks at Fiona Dickson, who provides Richmond Park honey.
Sunday Afternoon Art – Doodle with Poodle
Friday 17 April 2020

Sunday Afternoon Art – Doodle with Poodle

It’s Sunday afternoon, and time to get creative again! Below is the second of our Sunday Afternoon Art digital activities released on our website every weekend. This activity is suitable for all ages! You will…
Collection Focus – George Hilditch
Wednesday 15 April 2020

Collection Focus – George Hilditch

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you a range of articles about the gallery, from looking at the Richmond Borough Art Collection and our exhibitions, to some of the makers featured in our…
Sunday Afternoon Art – Process Weaving
Thursday 9 April 2020

Sunday Afternoon Art – Process Weaving

Sunday Afternoon Art takes place at Orleans House Gallery and is a chance for families to get creative. While the gallery is closed, we will be sharing activities every Sunday for you to do at…
Covid-19 Update
Thursday 19 March 2020

Covid-19 Update

In accordance with government advice to limit the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, Orleans House Gallery and Riverside Gallery will be closed from 4pm on Thursday 19 March until further notice. Richmond Arts Service public…
Their Open Studio 20
Monday 16 March 2020

Their Open Studio 20

Richmond Art House Open Studios Festival and Star Print Twickenham: Young Artist Schools & Colleges Competition for Year 7-13 Building on the success of the inaugural competition last year Art and DT teachers in Richmond…
Artist Opportunity – Covid-19 Update
Monday 9 March 2020

Artist Opportunity – Covid-19 Update

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have taken the decision to cancel this exhibition and so we are no longer looking for artist responses.  Thank you for your interest in the Orleans House Gallery and…
We’re open late on Thursday 12 March
Wednesday 26 February 2020

We’re open late on Thursday 12 March

Orleans House Gallery will be open until 8pm on Thursday 12 March. This is your chance to see Beyond the Frame and Robin MacFarlan’s Views from a Playroom outside of normal hours. The café will…
Beyond the Frame
Monday 24 February 2020

Beyond the Frame

Beyond the Frame presents new work by eighteen artists. Each taking a piece from the Richmond Borough Art Collection as a starting point, they invite you to wander beyond the physical and conceptual confines of…
Join in, engage with and explore!
Monday 3 February 2020

Join in, engage with and explore!

With Spring teasingly on the horizon our minds peek into June and Art House Open Studios Festival taking place 19- 21 & 26-28. Art House is a great way into our thriving local creative community.…
Richmond Literature Festival 2019 is over and out!
Thursday 12 December 2019

Richmond Literature Festival 2019 is over and out!

Last month we held 42 literary events in beautiful locations across the borough including, libraries, Bingham Riverside, The National Archives and Strawberry Hill House, and sold over 4000 tickets! Huge thank you to all our…
Christmas Opening at the Gallery
Friday 22 November 2019

Christmas Opening at the Gallery

If you’d like to visit the gallery over Christmas and the New Year, we’ll be open on the following days: Friday 27 December (10.00am – 1.00pm) Saturday 28 December Sunday 29 December Tuesday 31 December…
Beyond the Frame – Exhibition Submissions
Thursday 21 November 2019

Beyond the Frame – Exhibition Submissions

We’re seeking artists to create works in response to the Richmond Borough Art Collection for a new exhibition for the main gallery space running from February – May 2020. The collection of over 4,400 works…
Richmond Art House Open Studios – Calling all artists: What do you think?
Monday 21 October 2019

Richmond Art House Open Studios – Calling all artists: What do you think?

We have been talking to facilitators & artists throughout Richmond upon Thames, have you got involved yet? Do you make art? If so join in the conversation as we review how to make our annual…
Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival 1- 24 November 2019 – Box Office now open!
Wednesday 2 October 2019

Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival 1- 24 November 2019 – Box Office now open!

Join us this November at the Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival, the borough’s annual celebration of books and words, tales, talks, poetry and ideas designed to capture the imagination. Enjoy this year’s thrilling line up…
Arts in Care Homes
Thursday 26 September 2019

Arts in Care Homes

For the first National Day for Arts in Care Homes hosted on Tuesday 24thSeptember, the Education Team hosted a busy day of activities within three local care homes. These workshops demonstrated the impact the arts can have…
CREATE Reimagine
Tuesday 20 August 2019

CREATE Reimagine

In response to Orleans House Gallery’s exhibition Reimagine in which eleven artists explored a variety of approaches to reimagine artworks from the Richmond Borough Art Collection, patients from West Middlesex University Hospital created their own…
Richmond Art House Open Studios 2019
Friday 2 August 2019

Richmond Art House Open Studios 2019

Over the final two weekends in June more than 70 studios welcomed six and half thousand visitors to  every corner of the borough.  Stretching from Hampton to Barnes and across from Whitton to Ham the…
Richmond Art House Open Studios Festival 2019
Tuesday 18 June 2019

Richmond Art House Open Studios Festival 2019

Open your door over these final two weekends in June and take part in our annual art adventure. From any point in Richmond upon Thames within a short walk you will arrive at one of…
Grottos Talks
Monday 17 June 2019

Grottos Talks

Florencia Nannetti is an Artist and Art Historian, with a proven ability to develop engaging learning experiences for varied audiences. Florencia is passionate about sharing art in all its forms, and is an experienced interpreter…
Alexander Pope Public Art Tribute
Monday 17 June 2019

Alexander Pope Public Art Tribute

Did you know? There is a lovely tribute to Alexander Pope at Champion’s Warf. His most famous quotes can be seen carved into beautiful curved seats which surround a sculptural representation of an urn that…
Secret Paths, Hidden Treasures
Monday 10 June 2019

Secret Paths, Hidden Treasures

We take pride in our interesting history here at Orleans House Gallery and we love sharing quirky facts with you (one of our favourites is that Nellie Ionides, who saved the gallery from demolition, named…
Summer is here! Dates for your Diaries
Thursday 30 May 2019

Summer is here! Dates for your Diaries

Welcome June! Your Summer starts here… grab a pen and add these dates to your diary today. We have plenty of FREE unique creative opportunities for all ages as Grottos season commences.
Meet our Main Gallery Artists
Tuesday 28 May 2019

Meet our Main Gallery Artists

We are excited to announce our new Main Gallery artists, James Wignall and Bradley Moore working in collaboration with Eley Williams, Fiona Williams and Nicholas Tufnell. From July – October our Main Gallery will be…
Meet our Stables Gallery Artists
Thursday 23 May 2019

Meet our Stables Gallery Artists

We are excited to announce our new Stables Gallery Artists, Abby and Alice. Throughout June they will be inviting visitors big and small to take part in the ‘Laboratory’ through a series of Public ‘Playtests’.…
Meet our Outdoor Installation Artist
Wednesday 15 May 2019

Meet our Outdoor Installation Artist

Joanna Mountain Lawrence will be running our exciting outdoor installation in the grounds of Orleans House Gallery. Here she tells us a little about herself and the project: “As a creative practitioner I am interested…
Artist Opportunities
Thursday 2 May 2019

Artist Opportunities

This summer Orleans House Gallery is programming a season of activity around the theme of Grotto’s, focusing on spaces and places: real and imagined, historical and created. These exciting opportunities will play an integral part…
Family Trail: The Mystery of the Lost Keys
Friday 5 April 2019

Family Trail: The Mystery of the Lost Keys

Calling all history detectives… we need you! The year is 1729 and Harriet the Housemaid at Orleans House has lots to do. The Queen is coming, the housekeeper is sick and that’s not all.. she…
RichDance 2019: Our biggest celebration of dance, ever!
Friday 5 April 2019

RichDance 2019: Our biggest celebration of dance, ever!

Over 500 dancers took to the stage at The Hammond Theatre 23 and 24 March for RichDance 2019, which showcased an electrifying programme of truly diverse dance styles from Bollywood, Argentine Tango and Contemporary Dance,…
Richmond’s First World War
Wednesday 27 March 2019

Richmond’s First World War

We are excited to announce the launch of a new website and publication commemorating Richmond’s First World War. As part of the centenary programme that took place across the country, we worked with local people…
Final Artists Unveiled!
Friday 22 March 2019

Final Artists Unveiled!

Meet the final two Reimagine artists. 
(Even More) Artists Unveiled!
Friday 22 March 2019

(Even More) Artists Unveiled!

Find out more about three more of our 11 incredible Reimagine artists. Check back over the next few days for more!
More Artists Unveiled!
Thursday 21 March 2019

More Artists Unveiled!

We’re continuing to introduce you to our 11 incredible Reimagine artists. Check back over the next few days for more!
Meet the Reimagine Artists!
Tuesday 19 March 2019

Meet the Reimagine Artists!

We’ll be introducing you to all 11 artists exhibiting in Reimagine. Check back over the next few days for more!
We Need You! Volunteer with us…
Monday 4 March 2019

We Need You! Volunteer with us…

Volunteers are an invaluable part of any experience of visiting Orleans House Gallery. Their help and support is vital in making sure visitors get the best experience when viewing our exhibitions and the Octagon Room,…
5 things to do at Orleans House Gallery this Half Term!
Tuesday 19 February 2019

5 things to do at Orleans House Gallery this Half Term!

1. #CollectionCuriosities Hurry! Only a few weeks left to see our #CollectionCuriosities exhibition, a quirky show of unknown Richmond treasures where things are not always what they seem…What will you discover? 2. Shop! Pop into…
Free Heritage Tours
Sunday 27 January 2019

Free Heritage Tours

Visiting Orleans House Gallery, it’s easy to be captivated by the beauty and grandeur of the Octagon Room and spend time taking in the wealth of art on display across the gallery. Behind the decadent…
Thank you for supporting Richmond Literature Festival 2018
Monday 3 December 2018

Thank you for supporting Richmond Literature Festival 2018

Richmond Literature Festival 2018 is over and out! During November we held 49 events throughout the borough & sold over 4700 tickets! Thank you for being part of it and we hope you enjoyed the events you attended. For…
‘Tis the season to get crafty!
Monday 26 November 2018

‘Tis the season to get crafty!

You don’t have to be a master florist to create a beautiful decoration for your front door this Christmas. During our festive workshop you will be given the know-how and materials to craft your own…
Lithography Printing Made Simple
Monday 19 November 2018

Lithography Printing Made Simple

Lithography is a printing process that traditionally uses a flat stone or metal plate. Artists use greasy drawing materials to make original images, text or to explore textures onto the stones or metal plates; which…
Orleans House Gallery Has Christmas All Wrapped Up
Monday 12 November 2018

Orleans House Gallery Has Christmas All Wrapped Up

With over 25 designers, makers and artisans, festive music, food and activities for the whole family, the ever popular Christmas Shopping Weekend returns to Orleans House Gallery on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November, 12pm…
What does a Gallery sound like?
Friday 2 November 2018

What does a Gallery sound like?

Join us on Saturday 3 November for the launch of Odyssey: A 3D Sound Exploration.  Sonic Artist & Composer Kerry Nixon has been working with groups from across West London to interpret the adventures of the Victorian…
You’re never too young to visit Orleans House Gallery!
Monday 29 October 2018

You’re never too young to visit Orleans House Gallery!

Baby Mindful is back, in the awe-inspiring beauty of our Octagon Room. Spend quiet, quality time learning mindfulness techniques from a qualified practitioner. Taking inspiration from the visual and emotional impact of the gallery’s artworks and…
Inspiring Women
Monday 22 October 2018

Inspiring Women

This November, be inspired by a whole host of exatraoridnary women in this year’s Richmond Literature Festival. Slay in Your Lane authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené offer an inspirational, honest and provocative take on navigating…
Top 3 things to do at Orleans House Gallery this Half Term
Monday 15 October 2018

Top 3 things to do at Orleans House Gallery this Half Term

Children can unleash their inner artist in our Playful Portraits Project consisting of three fun workshops; People in 2D!, People in 3D! and People in Mystery!, where children will explore a range of techniques to…
What am I?
Monday 8 October 2018

What am I?

The small, unassuming stone is part of the Richmond Borough Art Collection’s ‘Burton Collection’ of personal effects and paintings once owned by the famous Victorian explorer, linguist and translator Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890). Burton claimed…
Mindful Moments at Orleans House Gallery
Friday 28 September 2018

Mindful Moments at Orleans House Gallery

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Mindfulness is about maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and surrounding environment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune…
New Extraordinary Women Tour
Tuesday 11 September 2018

New Extraordinary Women Tour

On 29th August 1729, the bejewelled Queen Caroline swept into the shimmering Octagon Room and dined with her female friends in an intimate but elaborate banquet. Not only could Caroline command a room, but a…
‘Collection Curiosities’
Friday 24 August 2018

‘Collection Curiosities’

Curiosity (noun): an unusual or interesting object or fact. Spark your curiosity and discover some of our more unusual pieces in Collection Curiosities, an exhibition which celebrates the weird and wonderful from the Richmond Borough…
Last chance to see ‘Richmond: People and Places’
Friday 17 August 2018

Last chance to see ‘Richmond: People and Places’

Have you explored Richmond: People and Places yet? The vibrant contemporary open exhibition includes a variety of media and styles celebrating the people and places of Richmond, past and present, through portraits, landscapes and a…
Fun for under-fives all summer long!
Wednesday 4 July 2018

Fun for under-fives all summer long!

Come and play all summer long at See Saw, our weekly art, music and storytelling session on Friday mornings! This summer there’s even more fun to be had as sessions will take place in our…
Art House Open Studios 2018
Tuesday 19 June 2018

Art House Open Studios 2018

Art House Open Studios is Richmond Upon Thames’ annual art extravaganza, celebrating creative talent in the borough. The borough’s finest artists will be opening up their homes, galleries, studios and gardens to the public, showcasing…
Art Play Schools Competition!
Monday 4 June 2018

Art Play Schools Competition!

Orleans House Gallery invites budding young artists and designers in schools across Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow to enter our Make It Your Shelf competition for our Art Play exhibition opening on 5 July 2018. Inspired by the…
Jason Taylor: Artist in Residence
Monday 4 June 2018

Jason Taylor: Artist in Residence

Jason Taylor is the latest Artist in Residence at Orleans House Gallery, working towards this summer’s Art Play exhibition opening on 5 July 2018. Jason works with everyday objects to transform them into opportunities for…
New animations celebrate the history of Orleans House
Tuesday 3 April 2018

New animations celebrate the history of Orleans House

The refurbished Orleans House Gallery includes a new interpretation area outside the Octagon Room exploring the history of the site and its former residents. Pride of place are two specially commissioned animations created by animator…
Panini in the Evening Standard
Wednesday 7 March 2018

Panini in the Evening Standard

Did you catch our recreated Panini in the Evening Standard last week? The missing 18th century painting was copied by artist Fred Fordham using a black and white photograph of the original and existing similar…
Explore Orleans House through time
Wednesday 28 February 2018

Explore Orleans House through time

After many months of construction and many years of planning our Transforming Orleans House project is at an end! Visitors can now explore the history of the house and surrounding area through exciting new interpretation.…
Orleans House Gallery now open!
Wednesday 28 February 2018

Orleans House Gallery now open!

As of Thursday 1 March Orleans House Gallery will be open 10am–5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Following the Transforming Orleans House restoration project, made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the main gallery…