Sarah Price talks to the Friends of the Whitworth

7 03 2013

Sarah Price talks to the Friends of the Whitworth

Last week, the Gallery and the Friends of the Whitworth were delighted to welcome Sarah Price back to Manchester and to hear more about her plans for the landscaping around the new building, in particular the Art Garden and Orchard. Sarah, who won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower show in 2012 and whose recent work included half a mile of planting in the gardens of the Olympic Park, is currently developing her ideas and was keen to show us concept drawings and examples of plants that would thrive in the (sometimes) moist, and shady areas around the building.

Sarah has drawn inspiration from the Gallery’s own collections – the layered textures and subtle colours of Turner watercolours, woven patterns and knotted structures found in textiles, as well as the delicate watercolours of flowering plants by Albrecht Dürer. She explained that while the colours in her planting will reflect the existing colours of the building and the surroundings, form and structure are almost more important to her, providing the essential framework on which her naturalistic style depends – the end result may well seem like a cross between an English meadow and a Japanese garden.

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