KING’S LYNN: Community groups inspired by museum
A special exhibition opened at Lynn Museum this week showing the work of five community groups in response to paintings in the museum collections.
Inspired Choice gave the groups the opportunity to choose one of the paintings from the museum stores before using it to inspire their own artistic work.
Among the groups involved were the King’s Lynn Embroiderers Guild who used four of Walter Dexter’s paintings, including his Interior of St Margaret’s Church.
A spokesman for the group said: “We chose this atmospheric painting because it had the potential for a variety of embroidery techniques to suit our differnet ways of working.
“Although we all chose different aspects of the church, we all love the stained glass windows, which are the focus of the painting, and the carved stonework. Both allowed us to use a number of differnet embroidery techniques including machine and hand-surface embroidery, trapunto, quilting, sepia printing on paper, layering fabrics and embellishing fibres.”
Meanwhile, the King’s Lynn and District Camera Club chose Helen Dexter’s The Artist’s Wife.
A spokesman for the group said: “We chose this melancholy painting because we thought the image lent itself to the concepts we had in mind - local photography and digital manipulation.
“We used a multiplicity of photographs of Lynn taken in recent months by members to create a computerised collage. At a distance, this reflects the essence of the painting, but on close examination, it shows the many faces of the town in all seasons.”
Other paintings inspired King’s Lynn Museum Youth Forum to make a short, colourful animation and young people from the Rosebery Centre to create a sculpture. Goodwins Hall care home residents created a scene of porcelain wind turbines and sheep, while Whitefriar’s Primary School pupils wrote poetry.
All of the paintings that inspired these works, and the works themselves, are on display at Lynn Museum until April 13. It is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm and admission is free until March 31.
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