Botanical Treasures: Inspiration from Nature in Porcelain and on Paper

From Thursday 27th May 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021.

Open during Museum opening times, usual admission charges apply (under-16s free) and timed entry slots are in operation.

Visit from Thursday 27th May to see a NEW collaborative exhibition between the Museum of Royal Worcester and the Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration (GSBI). Artworks by the GSBI’s talented members, many of whom are RHS medal winners, will be displayed alongside the museum’s beautiful collections of porcelain and original archives.

Included in the exhibition will be a celebration of the life and work of Stuart Lafford, who worked at Royal Worcester in the 1980s as a painter. As a practising artist he also taught many of the GSBI’s current members.

We are excited to announce our programme of events running throughout the exhibition! There will be artist demonstrations from GSBI members every other week, starting from Sunday 30th May. The confirmed dates are below, with demonstrations between 11am-3pm:

Sunday 30 May – Gillian Talbot

Monday 31 May – Sue Gubbay

Saturday 5 June – Brietta Pinder

Saturday 19 June – Sue Gubbay

Saturday 3 July – Carol Hardie

Saturday 17 July – Gillian Talbot

Saturday 7 August – Beth Phillip

Saturday 21 August – Carol Hardie

Saturday 4 September – Fern Harden

Saturday 18th September – Gillian Talbot

Saturday 2 October – Brietta Pinder

Saturday 16 October – Sylvia Martin

Saturday 30 October – Sylvia Martin

We have also scheduled some creative workshops, led by GSBI members, for visitors to try their hand at botanical art! The confirmed sessions so far are:

Children’s Workshop with Debbie Devauden Wednesday 11th August

In these fun workshops for children Debbie will show you how to paint fruit and veg from a selection she will bring along. Just come along and have a good time! Only 8 children per workshop, with supervising adult.

10am – 12.30pm for ages 6-9,
1.30pm – 4pm, for ages 9-12
All materials provided for use on the day.
£10 per child, including Museum entry for adult and child

Adult Workshop with Debbie Devauden, Saturday 25th September

Even if you have never painted before, in this relaxed workshop, you will be able to choose a subject from a selection of fresh flowers or from Debbie’s extensive range of dried specimens and exotic seed pods. Debbie will demonstrate techniques and give individual tuition throughout the day so that everyone can take home a coloured picture.
Tea and coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch or visit Good Roots Cafe opposite. Limited to 10 participants per session.
10am – 4pm – all materials provided for use on the day.
£40 per person, including Museum entry.

Adult Masterclass with Brian Griffiths TBC OCTOBER DATE 10am – 1pmThis class is for those with some experience of watercolour. 

You will learn how to paint a detailed botanical illustration of a bramble or oak leaf. If time permits, we shall also do a pencil drawing using a technique of inscribed lines and concentrating on shading to indicate form and shape, such as the roll and curl of a leaf.

You will need to bring water colour paints and brushes (number 5 sable round is perfect), an HB pencil or a set if you have one.  HOT PRESSED watercolour paper (A5 or A4 size). We can provide these materials for use on the day at £5 if you let us know at the time of booking.

This exhibition was made possible after a successful joint application to the Finnis Scott Foundation Botanical Art Award.

Book your tickets here https://museum-of-royal-worcester.arttickets.org.uk/


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