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The Art of Flowers

Collaborative exhibition blending visual art, music and poetry

Designed in collaboration with poet and composer Helena Tibocha, The Art of Flowers brings together the visual works of Anna Masters with a programme of poetry and music.Drawn from a mutual fascination of the relationship of person to plant, this exhibition is a celebration of the myriad of ways in which plants help us to deepen our relationship with the world. Set in the stunning grounds of Sudeley Castle, Anna has created new site-specific artworks and sculptures which will be showcased for the first time at The Art of Flowers, which will form the backdrop to original poetry readings and musical performances. 

24 May - 31 May 2024, 10am-4pm

St Mary's Chapel, Sudeley Castle and Gardens

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Friday 24 May

2 - 3pm: Ali Clifton Barnard & Mark Harmer - Voice & Harp

Saturday 25 May

11am - 12pm: Winchcombe Poets

2 - 3pm: Michael Bochmann - Solo violin (Bach and Paganini)

Sunday 26 May

11am - 12pm: Winchcombe Poets

Monday 27 May

11am - 12pm: Winchcombe Poets

2 - 3pm: Susy Firth - Voice & piano

Tuesday 28 May

11am - 12pm: Winchcombe Poets

2 - 3pm: Ali Clifton Barnard & Mark Harmer - Voice & Harp

Wednesday 29 May

11am - 12pm: Winchcombe Poets

2 - 3pm: Northwick Baroque

Thursday 30 May

11am - 12pm: Winchcombe Poets

2 - 3pm: Ex Animo Viol Consort

Friday 31 May

11am - 12pm: Winchcombe Poets

2 - 3pm: Periscope Ensemble



Exhibited in St Mary's Chapel at Sudeley Castle, The Art of Flowers features two site-specific installations, designed especially for this exhibition.


Alter (above) is a large floral composition. Positioned on the chapel's altar, Alter signifies change; it is both a transformation of the space and simultaneously a transformation of the flowers as they become recontextualised and reimagined. This installation sought to create a new landscape in the chapel, where the modest flower becomes the focus of contemplation; large enough in scale to be explored, yet intimate enough to loose yourself in the details of individual flowers. Calling into question what it is to worship and the places in which we find meaning, Alter is a call to reimagine, and to find refuge in the contemplation of our natural landscapes.

The second installation, Resting Place, is positioned alongside the tomb of Catherine Parr. This mirrored casket reflects the surrounds of the chapel, and is filled with flowers, ivy and an ivy wreath. The final - and surviving - wife of King Henry XIII, Catherine Parr remarried but died in 1548 shortly after childbirth. Her remains were buried at the chapel at Sudeley Castle, but when the chapel fell into disrepair her body was lost. Her tomb was dug up and plundered several times before the chapel was finally rebuilt and a permanent resting place created for her. When her original grave was disinterred for the final time, they found that an ivy wreath had grown around her skull. Resting Place pays homage to the long and lasting legacy that people leave on land and culture. The mirrors of the casket allow visitors to envisage themselves as part of the tomb; part of the ongoing story of Catherine Parr's lasting legacy as she now rests in peace.

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