Gallery Oldham in tune with the season for Forget-Me-Not: The Language of Flowers show

By Culture24 Staff | 19 May 2011
An image of an oil painting of young Victorian girls playing in a colourful flowerbed
Exhibition: Forget-Me-Not: The Language of Flowers, Gallery Oldham, Oldham, May 21 – December 4 2011

From the purity of the lily to the romanticism of forget-me-nots and pressed specimens from Gallery Oldham’s sprawling herbarium collection, this show springs a floral flourish on the town which prevailed at last year’s North-West in Bloom campaign.

They aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty – plant models from the resident natural history library will be on display, and themed activity areas will encourage children to dress up, draw, identify plant specimens and find out about the insect underworld.

Artists and designers have been inspired by flowers for centuries, so the gallery also raids its fine art, textiles and ceramics banks to show how blooms have made rich fodder for decorations and canvasses.

  • Open 10am-5pm (4pm Sunday). Admission free.
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