Exhibitions & Family Events at The Slaughterhouse

The Old Slaughterhouse

The home of Escape Arts, a stunning Grade II listed building in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, is The Old Slaughterhouse. We oversee a series of community arts & heritage projects here, as well as being home to exhibitions celebrating local people and local stories. For our full programme of events and access to our rich heritage timeline, please visit The Old Slaughterhouse website.

Current Exhibitions

COMING SOON: Call the Midwife!

Autumn Opening Times 1.30pm-4.30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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 available to view on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 1:30-4:30pm. We look forward to welcoming you!

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

A Journey Through Time

Let us take you on a journey through time on this exhibition exploring the history of our site. Records dating back to the early 15th century have shown that we were once a cobblers, a Tudor pub and a 19th century flax-dressers amongst many other interesting trades. Accompanied by a digital reconstruction of our Tudor pub, The Crowne, and virtual reality films.

Our new exhibition 'Beneath Our Feet' showcases the collaboration between local professional artists and our community groups throughout Warwickshire, celebrating the history of our own sites and maybe yours.

Lifting the Lid on Stratford's Loos

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 - Stair Gallery

An insight into Stratford's picturesque history, comparing Stratford today with stunning images up to 150 years ago.

 Are You Being Served - Upstairs

A fascinating look at some of Stratford's best loved shops and businesses.

Adult Workshops and Community Art Projects

Did you know as well as hosting quarterly exhibitions, we also host evening classes and community groups?

Evening Classes

We run evening classes from our home at the Old Slaughterhouse Heritage and Arts Centre. Workshop costs include materials and refreshments.  Free parking is provided on site and gift vouchers are available. For enquiries about evening classes, please contact info@escapearts.org.uk. Terms and conditions apply.

Following the success of our last term of evening events, we will be running our next term from March 2019 onwards. In addition, due to popular demand, we will also be running more daytime Sunday courses – an opportunity to spend more time and learn new techniques in Ceramics, Enamelling, Needle-felting, amongst others. Please check out our website in the New Year for further details.

Community Projects

Paper Moon - Tuesdays 1-3pm (Term time)

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. Please contact info@escapearts.org.uk for more information.

Stratford Escape - Wednesdays 10m-1pm

Adult community arts workshop. Drop in every Wednesday 10am-1pm. All ages and abilities welcome.

VIPs - Veterans and Interested Pensioners, first Thursday of every month, 10am-12pm

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!

In Stitches - Thursdays 10:30am-12:30pm

Bring your sewing, knitting or crotchet to the Old Slaughterhouse for an opportunity to get involved with exciting new projects, share your skills or learn new ones. Wool and needles/hooks are available for anyone who wants to learn to knit or crotchet. All ages and abilities welcome. The Stitch Group have been a part of much loved community events, such as creating our stunning World War Two wedding dress for Heritage Open Day this year and annually creating tree cosies to yarnbomb Holy Trinity Church to support GAGA. For more information about how to get involved in these wonderful projects, please contact aliallen@escapearts.org.uk.