Wednesday, 18 February 2015

From Warriors to Wanderers – it's all at Worcester Art Gallery & Museum this year

Way of the Warrior exhibition.
 
Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum is pleased to announce its exhibition line-up for 2015.
 
Following the highly acclaimed World War One: In the Words of Worcestershire People exhibition, on at the Gallery until 14 March, is a focus on much-loved landscape painter Stanhope Forbes. Stanhope Forbes' England opens on 21 March and investigates Forbes' work, life and influences. The show includes Stanhope Forbes' iconic coastal scenes and reveals paintings depicting England's rural communities, green landscapes and new railways, as well as the characters that inhabited these spaces. The exhibition includes 'Chadding on Mounts Bay' voted their favourite painting from the museum's art collection by our visitors.
 
Alongside Stanhope Forbes' England is An Englishman Abroad. From pilgrimages made by the devout to the grand tours enjoyed by the upper classes, the men and women of Worcestershire have always wandered far from home. This exhibition examines the changing focus of these travellers and the countries that it has taken them to through quirky objects and stunning paintings.
 
Visitors who remember Secret Egypt from 2013 will love the Way of the Warrior exhibition which opens on 13 June and runs throughout the summer holidays. Way of the Warrior is a visually stunning exhibition of arms and armour from epic historical movies including Gladiator, Last Samurai and War Horse. The armour and costumes are highly accurate reconstructions of warrior equipment and weapons spanning the last 2,500 years. Visitors can put themselves in the picture by trying some of our handling armour, from a gladiator helmet to a World War II backpack.
 
There are events and activities on throughout the year, starting on Saturday 14 February with a special make and take children's workshop for Valentine's Day: All Hearts and Flowers!
 
A new series of bite-size talks will entice visitors to the Gallery at lunchtime to hear 30 minutes of fascinating facts from our knowledgeable curators. The first is on Tuesday 10 February and looks at how the First World War changed fashion. Talks are 30 minutes, 1- 1.30pm, just £2 per person. There is no need to book, just meet at the Art Gallery desk.
 
Art Gallery & Museum Manager Angie Bishop says: "We pride ourselves in having something for everyone to enjoy and our 2015 programme is a perfect example of this. From favourite landscape painters to the exciting Way of the Warrior exhibition, visitors won't be disappointed when they visit us this year. There are also new things for our visitors to try as well as old favourites such as the beautiful Balcony Café and our excellent Art Gallery & Museum shop."
 
For more information on the 2015 programme pop into the Gallery and pick up a leaflet, or visit  www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk. Entry to the Art Gallery & Museum is free. Opening times are Monday-Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm.

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