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Botanical treasures


 Celebrate nature in all its beautiful glory with an art exhibition dedicated to flowers and fruits

by Webmaster, 3rd June 2021

Celebrate nature in all its beautiful glory at the Museum of Royal Worcester

If you’re an artist, lockdown may have been a godsend, when you could shed all the busyness of life and concentrate solely on creating beautiful pices of artwork. This is certainly the case for the members of the Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration (GSBI), who have created art during lockdown for a new botanical exhibition.

In partnership with the Museum of Royal Worcester, ‘Botanical Treasures - inspiration from nature in porcelain and on paper’, the exhibition incorporates artist demonstrations, painting workshops for children and adults and talks on the history of botanical art. 

“When we heard about the story of the Royal Worcester factory artists collaborating to create the ‘Painters’ Vase’ in 1853 that showed off their flower-painting skills on porcelain, we decided to make a tribute, and we're thrilled that our group botanical artwork will be displayed next to this iconic vase,” says Rachel Needham, honorary secretary for the GSBI (pictured below). 

“Our talented members, including some RHS medal winners, have risen to the challenge of creating more than 75 artworks which will be displayed alongside the museum’s stunning collections of botanically themed porcelain and original archives."

Sophie Heath, museum director, added; “If you love gardening, nature or art, or want to spend quality time with family and friends, then this exhibition is the perfect choice after lockdown. 

“Even if visitors have never painted before, they'll be able to try their hand at botanical art in workshops tutored by GSBI artists.” 

The museum looks after the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world, together with the unique factory and design archive. The world-class collection tells the stories of the people who made and enjoyed these extraordinary objects, celebrating 250 years of colourful stories about ceramic design, local skill and innovation. 

Botanical Treasures, which is supported by the Finnis Scott Foundation Botanical Art Award 2020, is now open until the end of October. For ticket bookings, visit museum-of-royal-worcester.arttickets.org.uk

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