The Enchanted Garden

An original exhibition by Laing Art Gallery incl Monet, Morris, Rosseti & more

Cottage with Figures by Helen Allingham


Saturday 23 June - Sunday 7 October

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Booking & admission details for this exhibition will be updated nearer the time.


The Enchanted Garden will bring the Laing’s painting ‘The Dustman or The Lovers’ by Stanley Spencer into the context of major works by British artists from across the UK which explore the garden as a ‘stage’ for the extraordinary, the magical, the atmospheric and the nostalgic.

From the Pre-Raphaelites and French Impressionists to the Bloomsbury Group and 20th century abstraction, artists have taken inspiration directly from the gardens around them. These secret, enveloping and sometimes mysterious spaces are seen through windows, in panoramas and often repeated in different lights and seasons. The Enchanted Garden will include loans from across the UK with artists including Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Beatrix Potter, Pierre Bonnard, Lucien Pissarro, William Morris, Patrick Heron, Francis Bacon, Stanley Spencer, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Claude Monet.

This exhibition is curated by the Laing Art Gallery, with generous support from the John Ellerman Foundation. Also supported by the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery, the Finnis Scott Foundation and the Golsoncott Foundation.