HOT on the heels of the amazingly popular Laura Knight exhibition, Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum unveils some of its star attractions when Treasure Me opens on Saturday, February 16.
Treasure Me celebrates Worcester's magnificent art collection, first established in 1896, giving visitors the chance to enjoy their favourite artworks, through three separate exhibitions, as well as some less-known treasures.
About the Art Collection tells the history behind the collection and includes the gallery's earliest and most recently collected paintings. It also shows the work involved in making a painting fit to go on display.
Your Top Ten Treasures looks in depth at the top ten paintings as voted for by visitors to the gallery in 2009. Favourites, including John Harris's Prospect of Worcester will be on show. It also features a mystery number 11 which is the largest painting in Worcester's collection.
My Generation takes a look back over pictures from the fifties to the noughties and the memories they stir, to fuel the debate over which generation collected the best art.
Senior curator Philippa Tinsley said: "We receive so many requests to see these fabulous artworks we thought we would take the opportunity to celebrate Worcester's fantastic art collection through these three different exhibitions. Whether you want in-depth knowledge on the collection or just want to gaze on your favourite painting there will be something wonderful here for everyone to enjoy."
For the knowledge-thirsty there is a series of talks to accompany the exhibitions; Behind the Scenes with the Collection features a rare visit to the museum basement on the first Tuesday of each month. Spaces are limited so booking is essential, please call 01905 25371, cost £6.
Focus on the Top Ten Paintings will take place on the last Thursday of each month, with each talk discussing a different painting; this is a drop-in event and no booking is necessary, cost £2. For more information see www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk.
Treasure Me is on at the gallery until June. Entry is free and the gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-4.30pm.