Call the Midwife! Brand New Exhibition!

Come and join us for our very special exhibition launch event!

Escape Arts presents Call the Midwife, a personal and collective insight into Stratford's emerging maternity services, from births, to bouncing babies and beyond! This exhibition celebrates local stories, alongside the town's rich social history.

For our launch event, we are inviting members of the public to bring in copies of their baby photos, especially those born in the Monroe Devis Maternity Hospital, to form Stratford's ultimate baby book! You don't want to miss out on us cutting the symbolic umbilical cord to open the exhibition! Lots of creative activities on the day, come and share your stories!

The exhibition will be up until May. We look forward to welcoming you!

For more information, contact info@escapearts.org.uk

Lifting the Lid on Stratford’s Loos – Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - toilet gallery! Escape Arts invite you to their latest, albeit tongue-in-cheek exhibition located in the loo of the Old Slaughterhouse Heritage & Arts Centre. In this small, but perfectly formed space, you shall be made privy to Stratford-upon-Avon’s history of local latrines, head-line making toilet paper and poignant potty protests. From Stratford’s smallest gem, it’s Victorian gent's loo on Ely Street to toilet sit-ins at the heart of the community there is a lot to discover. You can even cast your eye over vintage sanitary-wear and advertisements whilst you ‘spend a penny’.

Yesterday & Today – Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - stair gallery. A stunning photography exhibition by Phil Williams, comparing pictures up to 150 years ago to pictures today.

Are you Being Served? – Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - upstairs gallery. A fascinating look at Stratford's much loved family run businesses that ran the town when our slaughterhouse was still operational.

Heritage Open Weekend – Warwickshire’s Land Girls: The Food of Love

Come down to the Old Slaughterhouse to celebrate Heritage Open Weekend with us! This year we have a spectacular two day event planned celebrating our local Land Girls and their invaluable input in the war effort during World War Two. Both days are free to attend and will include the following events:

'Here Comes the Girls!' - A Land Girl March on the Bancroft Gardens (Saturday at 11am)
A Land Girls wedding and wedding breakfast (Saturday at 12:30pm)
'Have a go heritage' art activities for children (Saturday & Sunday, all day)
Performances by Second Thoughts of 'The Forgotten Army' (Saturday 2:30pm & Sunday, 1:45pm)
Celebrating Warwickshire's Land Girls: An Exhibition (Saturday & Sunday)
Compete in World War Two Bake Off (Sunday)
Wonky veg competition (Sunday, winners to be announced at 4pm)

For more information, please contact us or visit the Heritage Open Days website.

Warwickshire Open Studios

This summer, we are part of Warwickshire Open Studios, showcasing artwork from across our projects alongside local artists. This is an opportunity to visit our stunning home in the centre of Stratford upon Avon; view our inspiring exhibition, recently commissioned works and have a coffee & cake in the tearoom. We are running several of our popular multi media workshops during the event, some free of charge; details of how to learn or develop a skill are available online or by contacting us directly. For more information please contact aliallen@escapearts.org.uk.

A Journey Through Time – Exhibition

Permanent Exhibition - Let us take you on a Journey Through Time! In living memory, the Old Slaughterhouse is remembered as part of Hensons butchers, but research has shown that the site was also the home of a flax-dressers, a bakers, a shoemakers and even a Tudor pub! Come and explore the vast history of the site, alongside local and global events, with a focus on the Tudor pub.

Lego Animation Club

Come along and join in with some Lego fun, learn some cool skills and create a short animated film. Children of all ages welcome, but under 6s must be accompanied by an adult. Lego Club is booked in 4 week blocks, costing £16 in total. For more information, or to book, email emmastuchbury@escapearts.org.uk.

VIPs

Escape invites veterans and 'interested pensioners' to come and share their stories. The group will meet on the first Thursday of each month 10am-12pm at The Old Slaughterhouse. A good cuppa and treats await!

Paper Moon

Weekly arts workshop for adults with learning disabilities and carers, excluding school holidays. Artist led sessions working toward local festivals and events, based on our heritage projects.