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With National Waterways Museum and Canal & River Trust

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Folk for Folk : Art inspired by the past and rooted in the present.

We are bringing #FolkforFolk to life - a project at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester. It aims to engage young people with a programme of events and an exhibition inspired by the Canal & River Trust Folk Art collection.

The project encompasses artist commissions, community engagement, events and an exhibition. Open March 23rd-1st June 2024, the exhibition will showcase a selection of the canal folk art collection from the museum, alongside new interpretations created for the project. 
The project is funded by Arts Council England and the Canal & River Trust.

The Exhibition

National Waterways Museum in Gloucester : 23rd March - 1st June 2024

The Folk for Folk project has brought together members of Gloucester’s community groups, young people and artists with a team of creatives to develop exciting new art inspired by the National Waterways Museum Gloucester’s canal folk art collection.


In total more than 50 people are contributing to the project, with the finished works including textiles, paintings, sculpture, digital art and photography. The pieces will be on display at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester from 23rd March to 1st June 2024.

The Folk for Folk Team

The National Waterways Museum Gloucester is working with Gloucestershire Arts & Social Projects (GASP!) on Folk for Folk. GASP! has brought together five Gloucestershire-based young creatives to work with groups including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children, Matson Makers and Art School Matson. Other groups at the University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire College and Creative Sustainability are also contributing.

Folk for Folk is funded by Arts Council England’s Unlocking Collections grant.

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Visit the Exhibition


The National Waterways Museum Gloucester is open 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday. The Folk for Folk Exhibition is included with Museum admission and is on Level 2 of the building, accessible by lift.

National Waterways Museum Gloucester, Llanthony Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EH

Find the Museum visitor information here.

Find the Exhibition information on the Museum website here.