A MUSEUM has picked an eclectic mix of items from its collection with one thing in common: they have all been inspired by flowers.
Worthing Museum & Art Gallery’s selection of historical items, paintings, drawings, ceramics, costumes and textiles ranges from important and significant pieces to the unusual and bizarre.
The “indulgent” exhibition, called Collections in Bloom, celebrates the endless wealth of inspiration that artists and craftspeople have taken from flowers and gives the museum the chance to air some of its prized collection.
Emma Walder, the museum’s art curator, says, “We are using our various collections to illustrate how artists and designers have used floral forms for artistic inspiration in their work.
“There is a lot of this representation already on display in the costume collection as fabrics have always taken a lot of inspiration from natural forms, but the fine art collection is observing it from a new perspective, looking at paintings where there might just be a small detail of a flower painted in one area and looking at why it was put there and its potential symbolism and meaning.
“It will be uplifting to see this vibrant and colourful exhibition on display throughout the autumn and winter seasons.”
Collections in Bloom is in the main gallery at Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing, from Saturdays September 16 to March 31. Free. Opening times: 10am-5pm. Phone 01903 221448 or visit worthingmuseum.co.uk.