York Art Gallery’s upcoming new exhibition Bloom will bring together more than 100 botanical artworks – and will highlight the importance of nature for our wellbeing.
The exhibition will will showcase flora through paintings, works on paper, ceramics and contemporary installations.
It will show the story of the Museum Gardens in York through art as well as encourage visitors to reflect on the significance of our natural world and how best to enjoy and protect it.
Bloom will open at York Art Gallery on Friday 23 June 2023.
It will feature artworks from York Art Gallery’s own collection, including paintings by leading artists such as Henri Fantin-Latour, Charles Ginner and Jan van Os.
The display will also showcase an installation commission by York-based artist Jade Blood, which will utilise reclaimed and recycled materials to encourage visitors to consider their role in climate change.
Becky Gee, curator of fine art at York Art Gallery said: “We’re lucky to have such a stunning collection of botanical art in the collection, so it’s been a pleasure curating this exhibition – we hope people enjoy the exciting range of works on display!
“Flowers, and nature as a whole, are so important for our wellbeing. We hope visitors feel a sense of tranquillity when experiencing this show, as they take a break from the bustling world outside.”
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The exhibition will be presented over three galleries, and will continue outside in the Artists’ Garden behind the gallery.
The three spaces will explore the history of the much-loved York Museum Gardens, the gallery’s still life collection, and a look at flowers and the body with themes of gender and sexuality and symbolism in art.
Throughout the duration of Bloom there will be a variety of creative activities for families and adults alike, such as workshops, under 5s storytelling, trails around the exhibition, still life drawing, and after hours tour.
Bloom will run at York Art Gallery from 23 June to 8 October 2023. Tickets are £8, with concessions available. For more information and to book your tickets visit the York Art Gallery website.