Exciting new sculpture for the museum courtyard celebrates worcester porcelain heritage
Museum Director, Sophie Heath, is pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Kildare Trust for a new sculpture to be installed in the courtyard outside the Museum.
Artists Julie Edwards and Ron Thompson of Planet Art have been commissioned to create a sculpture to celebrate the porcelain heritage of the area surrounding the Museum, and to highlight some of the treasures that can be found within it.
We invited local schools, community groups, local businesses and residents to visit and develop ideas for the sculpture, in a series of design workshops held on 19th January at the Museum.
The proposed sculpture will take the shape of a vessel from the Museum’s collection, decorated with jewel-like porcelain embellishments informed by the community workshop sessions. It will be sited in the planting beds in the centre of the courtyard.
Julie Edwards said, “We are huge fans of the Museum – it has such wonderful varied collections. We are thrilled to be able to work on a piece inspired by all of these wonderful objects.”
Julie and Ron have created steel and ceramic sculptures in a variety of settings, including the Newman library at the University of Birmingham, and the Pitmaston Pear in Cripplegate Park, Worcester.
The artists have also developed a playful heritage activity that adults and children can have a go at in our new Pop-up Museum. Over the last six months, over 1,000 people have got involved with our Pop-up creative activities and handling collection. The Museum has undertaken a pilot project to go out and about taking our porcelain heritage into our local communities – to community centres’, shopping centres’, care homes, schools, arts markets and street festivals.
We look forward to inviting our local community to the unveiling of the new sculpture in Spring 2022.