The Enchanted Garden special preview tour

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The Dustman or The Lovers, Stanley Spencer, 1934 © The Estate of Stanley Spencer, Bridgeman Images


Friday 22 June

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£20, includes tour & exhibition admission


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Don’t miss this very special opportunity to see The Enchanted Garden exhibition before the rest of the public. 

Join the exhibition curator in this enchanting exhibition for an exclusive early view and tour. The tour will be half an hour at 3pm followed by time to view until 4pm. 

About the exhibition: 

The Enchanted Garden (Saturday 23 June - Sunday 7 October) will bring the Laing’s painting ‘The Dustman or The Lovers’ by Stanley Spencer into the context of major works by British and French 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.