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A florilegium of the Kennet and Avon Canal…

THIS spring, as the flowers along the towpath start to bud and bloom, an exhibition of lino prints, paintings and contemporary quilts by Wiltshire-based artist Maria Harryman will be unfurled at Gallery 5 of the West Berkshire Museum in Newbury on Wednesday, March 20.

A florilegium of the Kennet and Avon Canal

Billed as A Florilegium of the Kennet & Avon Canal, it has been inspired by the wild plants and changing seasons and will be open from Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am-4pm, until Sunday, April 7. Admission is free.

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Maria’s current work finds inspiration in florilegium – books dating back to medieval times which recorded the plants of a particular place or garden. 

Starting in March as older nature-based calendars did, the work will be curated working around the gallery walls through the months and seasons, depicting the wild plants growing in the reedbeds and hedgerows. Sketchbooks and printmaking tools showing her artistic process will also be on display.

This will be the first time the complete body of work will be shown together and is accompanied by a booklet of illustrated pen portraits describing wider aspects of life from the towpath.

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All artworks are for sale. Prints and a booklet to accompany the exhibition will be available through the museum shop.


Maria Harryman

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