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Cardiff Professor’s botanical illustrations go on display at Museum of Royal Worcester

11 May 2021

Jacaranda seed pods
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Professor Susan Baker of the Sustainable Places Research Institute will have three of her illustrations displayed as part of a new exhibition opening on the 27th May 2021.

The exhibition, which is a partnership between the Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration (GSBI) and the Museum of Royal Worcester, is funded by the prestigious Botanical Art Award 2020 from the Finnis Scott Foundation.

The core of the exhibition will be works created by the GSBI’s talented members and displayed alongside the Museum’s beautiful collections of porcelain and original archives.

sitka spruce cone
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split spring onion
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Susan, who signs her work with her Irish name Siobhán, has only recently taken up painting, and quickly found a love for botanical art. Using watercolours and graphite pencil to display the diversity, complexity, and beauty of plants has shown her a new way to value and respect nature.

Rachel Needham, Honorary Secretary for GSBI said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with our partners at the Museum of Royal Worcester to produce this new, exciting exhibition ‘Botanical Treasures’. We have been warmly welcomed behind the scenes to explore the Museum, its glorious archive of art works and their stunning design library. Inspired by all we have seen, we are creating new works to be displayed throughout the Museum and will show our latest work, while celebrating the skill of Stuart Lafford, a much-loved art tutor.”

scarlet elf cup
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‘Botanical Treasures - inspiration from nature in porcelain and on paper’, begins on the 27th May 2021 with an accompanying programme of family workshops, demonstrations and talks.

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