Birmingham and Winterbourne House Heritage Tour

Saturday 22 March
Coach departs Northwich Memorial Hall at 9.00am
Other pick-ups available

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is home to one of the world's finest collections of Pre-Raphaelite art, as well as extensive collections of fine and applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography. The Staffordshire Hoard, a unique Anglo-Saxon collection, is still in the process of being conserved and you can see objects pre-conservation and objects that have newly been conserved including objects from the second Hoard.

Photorealism: In late 1960s America, a new movement of artists began painting realistic depictions of everyday objects and scenes – gleaming automobiles, iconic highways, storefronts and diners – which at first glance appeared to be photographs. These artists were initially met with intense criticism but the photorealism movement has changed the way we see art forever. BMAG is proud to be the only UK venue to display this first and largest European retrospective.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is proud to be the first venue in the Midlands to present ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry. The exhibition is comprised of a series of six large tapestries (2m x 4m) which tell the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste. Inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, the six tapestries chart the “class journey” made by the fictional Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects that Grayson Perry encountered on his own journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and the Cotswolds for the television series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’.

Restored to its Edwardian Arts and Craft splendour, Winterbourne House is a unique heritage attraction – set within seven acres of beautiful botanic gardens. Only minutes from Birmingham city centre, Winterbourne is a hidden gem – home to beautiful antiques and over 6,000 plant species from around the world. Wander along the woodland walk, stroll through the hazelnut tunnel, cross the 1930’s Japanese Bridge or simply soak up the tranquillity of this perfectly English Edwardian home.

Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Design pdf here.

Vanity of Small Differences Information Pack here.

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Linked Lecture by Adrian Sumner on Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelites