Gardens of Lyra

Venue details
The Spode Museum, Elenora St
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  • Visiting information
  • Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30am-4pm
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This exhibition is closed Monday and Tuesday throughout the festival.

About Gardens of Lyra

Artist Paul Scott showcases Cumbrian Blue(s) teaware in The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre in partnership with Fortnum & Mason and Spode. 

Made by Spode for Fortnum’s, the pretty china draws its graphic origins from deep within the museum’s archives. The new design re-imagines early chinoiserie patterns including ‘Brosley’, ‘Heritage’, ‘New Bridge’, ‘Queen Charlotte’, ‘Temple’, and ‘Willow’, alongside elements from the classic Copeland/Spode’s ‘Tower’. 

The exhibition includes Paul’s preparatory artworks, and original copper plates from the Spode Museum Trust used in the development of the new design, as well as new ‘one-off’ pieces in the series made for Fortnum’s Gardens of Lyra launch. The installation also features a wider overview of Cumbrian Blue(s) artworks relating to the Spode Works site, including a new series of works developed as a result of the Gardens of Lyra project. 


Exhibiting Artist

Paul Scott is a Cumbrian based artist with a diverse practice and an international reputation. Creating individual pieces that blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and design, he is well known for research into printed vitreous surfaces, as well as his characteristic blue and white artworks in glazed ceramic. Scott’s artworks can be found in public collections around the globe – including The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design Norway, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, National Museums Liverpool,  Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn Art Museum USA.

Paul Scott website link.


Supported By

This exhibition is supported by Fortnum & Mason, Hi Stoke Culture, Spode and Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre.