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Living Ruins at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

26 September – 30 November 2019

Features art from the 18th century to the contemporary
Includes works on loan from Tate
Fantastic programme of events for all the family

Anyone who enjoys a visit to historic sites, whether intact or in ruins will love the next exhibition opening on 26 September at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum.  Living Ruins features artworks from the eighteenth century to the present day which explore the lure of the ruin and our fascination with what has passed.

Curated in partnership with Meadow Arts who have also curated the current In Ruins exhibition at nearby Witley Court, the exhibition brings to Worcester a series of exciting works on loan from Tate, which will be shown alongside important artworks from the museum’s collection, including archaeological artefacts.

Ruins have the power to fascinate like few other subjects and have been present in art from the sixteenth century onwards, becoming increasingly popular in the eighteenth century thanks to artists who engaged in the Grand Tour to see Italy’s classical monuments and landscape. A lust for ruins was born and continued well into the 20th century.

A programme of family activities begins at the Art Gallery & Museum on Saturday 28 September with a Recycled Ruins workshop with artist Mark Riley making 3D buildings. On from 11am – 1pm the workshop costs £5 per child, to book call the Gallery on 01905 25371. 

On Saturday 9 November families can take a tour of Urban Ruins in Worcester and then enjoy a fun ruins themed activity at the Art Gallery & Museum with artist Andrew Howe. On from 11am – 2pm, tickets for adults are £6.50 and children and concessions £5, to book call the Gallery on 01905 25371. For a full list of Living Ruins activities please visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Worcester residents are also asked to nominate their Living Ruin on Instagram and Twitter using #livingruin

Living Ruins is free and open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm. For more information contact the Art Gallery and Museum on 01905 25371 or visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk or follow @worcestermuseum

This exhibition has been made possible through the Ferryman Project: Sharing Works of Art which is supported by National Lottery Players through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the John Ellerman Foundation and Art Fund.

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For further information contact:

Helen Large at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum on 01905 25371 or email Helen.Large@worcester.gov.uk

Rebecca Farkas at Meadow Arts on 01584 873964 or email rebecca@meadowarts.org

 

Exhibition Listing:

Living Ruins

26 September - 30 November 2019

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Open Mon – Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm
FREE
Information via 01905 25371 or www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

The lure of the ruin has excited people for centuries, prompting us to visit and explore the leftovers of distant or recent civilisations. Co-curated by Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum and Meadow Arts, Living Ruins explores ruins in art from the 18th century to the contemporary, drawing on work by artists such as Ged Quinn alongside artworks from the museum’s collection and a series of exciting works on loan from Tate.

 

Living Ruins Events and Activity Programme at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

 

Artist-led family workshop on the theme of Living Ruins

Saturday 28 September 11am – 1pm*

£6.50 adults, £4.50 children

 

Introduction to the Living Ruins exhibition – bite size talk

Tuesday 8 October, 1– 1.30pm*
£3

 

Museum after Hours

Friday 11 October, 5.30 – 8pm

 

 

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