A stunning floral artwork created by a talented student features in a new exhibition in Leyland.
For the next three weeks, members of Farington Art Group will display a wide-ranging collection of paintings, photographs and crafts at South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre.
Alongside those exhibits is a unique ‘floral cage’ centrepiece, designed by Hayley Spencer, aged 21, of Bamber Bridge.
Hayley is in her third year of a professional floristry degree course at Myerscough College and began planning the sculpture in September as part of her final project.
She has spent the last month designing the cage and it took five hours to assemble for the exhibition.
The finished sculpture depicts a male figure trapped inside the 4ft-tall floral cage, which is displayed within the museum’s raised fireplace.
Explaining the inspiration behind the artwork, Hayley said: “The design is based on gender stereotypes: Because flowers are associated with femininity, it can be difficult for men to become florists.
“The male face inside the box represents the idea that individuals are expected to behave in a certain way, and that can make people feel trapped.”
Hayley, who runs her own online floristry company called The Wild Things, added: “Once the flowers in the sculpture start to die, it represents the face becoming older, so it will actually age as the month goes on.
“I have visited the museum before when my sister displayed her artwork here when she was in primary school and it was really good of the curator, David Hunt, to allow me to display the sculpture here.”
The exhibition will be officially opened by the Mayor of South Ribble, Linda Woollard, at 11am on Saturday 8 April and will stay open until 29 April.
The museum is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm, Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.
Entry is free, though donations are welcome. Visit http://south-ribble.co.uk/srmuseum for more information.