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Botanical Treasures: Inspiration from Nature in Porcelain and on Paper

Severn Street
Worcester, WR1 2ND United Kingdom

27th - 31st October 2021

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The Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration (GSBI) have created artwork during lockdown for a new botanical art exhibition, in partnership with the Museum of Royal Worcester. ‘Botanical Treasures – inspiration from nature in porcelain and on paper’, opens 27th May to 31st October 2021, alongside artist demonstrations, painting workshops, and talks on the history of botanical art. The exhibition is supported by the Finnis Scott Foundation Botanical Art Award 2020.

Rachel Needham, Honorary Secretary for GSBI says: “Our talented members 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. When we heard about the story of all 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 are thrilled that our group botanical artwork will be displayed next to this iconic vase.”
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 will be able to try their hand at botanical art in workshops, tutored by GSBI artists. There will also be fun children’s workshops painting fruit and vegetables! “

Debbie Devauden, Chair of the Society said “Many of the GSBI artists were students of illustrator and botanical tutor Stuart Lafford, (1953 – 2016), who began his career at the Royal Worcester factory in 1972 as an apprentice and later worked on royal commissions. Botanical Art is the accurate depiction of plants and flowers. Watercolour is most commonly used, as it is in the Museum archives, as well as graphite (pencil), coloured pencils and gouache. The GSBI was founded in 1993 for botanists, botanical artists, gardeners and lovers of botanical art. We now have members from far and wide and welcome new members, whether beginners or experienced artists.”

Event Details


27th - 31st October 2021


10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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