York Art Gallery

Special Exhibition -ENDED
23 June – 8 October 2023
Tickets £8 per person
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Flowers, plant life and gardens have fascinated and inspired generations of artists. York Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition ‘Bloom’ brings together more than 100 botanical artworks from its collection, alongside key loans, to explore the importance of nature and green spaces for enjoyment, creativity and wellbeing.

‘Bloom’ showcases flora through paintings, works on paper, ceramics and contemporary installations. The exhibition highlights the story of the Museum Gardens in York through art, from its early beginnings through to its activities today, before exploring a wonderful range of still life paintings from the Gallery’s own collection as well as a series of loans. In the final space, featured works show how gardens and flowers are able to reflect and draw on themes of identity. The exhibition encourages visitors to think about the significance of our natural world and how best to enjoy, cherish and protect it.

York Art Gallery houses a range of beautiful floral-themed works, including paintings by leading artists such as Henri Fantin-Latour, Charles Ginner and Jan van Os, all of whom are known for their interest in flowers, nature and landscapes. The display is further enhanced by an installation commission by York-based artist Jade Blood, as well as contemporary loans from two collections: Richard Saltoun Gallery and the Intoart Collection.

Throughout the duration of ‘Bloom’, there will be an exciting array of creative activities for all ages, including family friendly artist led workshops, under 5s storytelling, and fun trails around the exhibition. Adults will be able to enjoy life drawing, still life drawing and a chance to explore the exhibition after hours in a special late event! Visit our Events pages for more information.

This exhibition is supported by the Friends of York Art Gallery.

Events include:

24 June– Family Friendly Zine Workshop

28 June– Wicked Wednesdays (will continue on 5, 12, 19, 26 July. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August. 6, 13, 20, 27 September. 4 October.

8 July– Floral Still Life Workshop (second session 12 August, third session 9 September)

22 July– Botanical Watercolour (second session 5 August)

29 July– Den Building

3 August– Creative Family Thursdays (will continue on 10, 17, 24, 31 August)

12 August– Bloom Reading Group (second session 16 September)

19 August- Museum Gardens Life Drawing

26 August– Creative Writing Workshop (second session 23 September)

2 September– Flower Bowl and Still Life Blooms with Terra Flora