A visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum

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Last weekend I visted the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. As well as the vast art collection, I was able to see three exhibitions, ‘A World of Private Mystery: John Craxton’, ‘The Rampant Lions Press: A Letterpress Odyssey’ and ‘From Root to Tip: Botanical Art In Britain’.

The highlight for me was the Craxton exhibition. I had not come across his work before and I was really intrigued by the variation in style…bright and bold paintings to simple pencil drawings, both as impressive as each other. If you have not yet discovered John Craxton’s work I recommend looking him up, you can find out a bit more here.

The Rampant Lions Press exhibition has a lovely selection of letterpress pieces, most of which are typographical. My favourite piece from the exhibition was a book cover design by Sebastian Carter for The Tiger’s Bride. I definitely recommend this exhibition for people interested in printmaking, typography and artist books. The exhibition continues until 18th May.

‘From Root to Tip’ features watercolour paintings of plants by both professional and amateur artists. There are some beautiful images, my favourite was of a purple Iris. The exhibition continues until 11th May.

Winning Entry For CSV ‘Young People Can Do Great Things…’ Poster Competition

My image for the CSV ‘Young People Can Do Great Things…’ poster competition was chosen as the winning entry by Catherine Flood, Print Curator at the V&A. I received a signed copy of her book in the post today! I also got feedback from Catherine: ‘I think this is a strong idea with a clear and memorable graphic. I like the way the designer has used colour to enhance the text and speak directly to the viewer.’ Read about the competition here.

View my entry for the CSV ‘Young People Can Do Great Things…’ poster competition.