The Museum of Royal Worcester, in partnership with Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration (GSBI), are excited to announce they have received the prestigious Botanical Art Award 2020 from the Finnis Scott Foundation. This will fund a new exhibition, opening the 27th May to October 2021, ‘Botanical Treasures – inspiration from nature in porcelain and on paper’, with an accompanying programme of family workshops, demonstrations and talks.
Sophie Heath, Museum Director says: “We are thrilled to receive this award and want to extend our thanks to the Finnis Scott Foundation! The core of the exhibition will be works created by the GSBI’s talented members, several of whom are RHS medal winners, displayed alongside the Museum’s beautiful collections of porcelain and original archives. The new exhibition will also celebrate the life and legacy of a well-known local botanical art tutor, Stuart Lafford (1953-2016), who taught many of the GSBI’s members and started his career as an apprentice artist at the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory in 1972, working on limited editions. He later designed some high-profile commissions including the floral centre on the commemorative plate for the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986.”
Rachel Needham, Honorary Secretary for GSBI says: “Winning the Award was like a dream come true! 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.”