The Joy of Flowers: Nature's Living Gems

24 Aug –28 Nov 19

The Joy of Flowers: Nature's Living Gems

Featuring ten works from the RWA permanent collection, this small exhibition celebrates the flower in art and its timeless perennial charm.

It is often easy to overlook the part of the flower in the narrative of art, but it has an important story to tell. This exhibition encourages us to consider why flowers continue to inspire us and how artists capture them in their work.

The flower is simple yet powerful. They encourage us to be present in the moment, to think or simply smile. This exhibition explores the ways in which artists have portrayed the flower as subject matter, inspiration or motif.

The exhibition includes print, watercolours and oils in an exploration of the flower through everyday moments, their beauty and natural forms.

The Joy of Flowers: Nature’s Living Gems[1] is curated by MA University of the West of England Student and Curatorial intern Francesca Beards.

[1] Burgess, I.J. (1920) Modern Flower-painting. Art & Life [online]. 11 (7), p386. [Accessed 10 July 2019]


Lower Ground Floor Corridor, Free entry


Image: Louis Arthur Ward RWA (1913-2005), The Flower Show, 1963, oil on board, RWA Collection, Image © Royal West of England Academy © the estate of the artist