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inspired by nature


A thought-provoking and immersive exhibition that invites visitors to experience the intricate connections between nature, creativity, and JOY.

Curated by Nicola Richardson and Marianne Taviner of Vortex Creates, the exhibition includes two new works from their studio showcasing their distinctive bright, bold and beautiful designs that invoke joyful reactions in audiences. "JOY... inspired by nature" celebrates Vortex’s collaborative approach to creating with artists involved from across the region with themes and work cross pollinating throughout the Herbert Museum and Art Gallery and the wider community.

19 July - 22 September 2024 at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

Need an infusion of joy? Enjoy making as much as we do? Join us to discover the Vortex process and contribute to the final installation, 7, 8, 13, 15, 22 May. Book online


JOY has been a core value for our entire existence as Vortex; to laugh and play often and bein inspired by the work we do and the people around us to continually create moments of joy in our day to day.

When the world shut down during the pandemic our understanding and seeking of JOY became even more important to us and those around us, and indeed the entire globe. This led to a focused period of research into how certain emotions are triggered and how we find moments of JOY in our lives and world around us. This also included a testing residency at the Nest culminating in a vision for our own JOY period of creating.

We are incredibly JOYful to have been commissioned by the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum to bring our vision of JOY to life, and successful in our Arts Council Project Development BID to realise this initial phase. 


We are excited to have a number of wonderful artists joining us on our journey of JOY!

Earlier in the year we held an open call for artists creating JOYful works inspired by JOY and the response was overwhelming.  We are excited to have selected 15 Artists who we look forward to celebrating throughout June. 

We are also overJOYed to have the wonderful Abeda Begum joining us with our making in the studio.  She jumped into our talent-pool of artists back in 2021 when she decided to build her creative practice and we are looking forward to learning more about each other and sharing skills throughout the project. 

We are also incredibly lucky to be able to commission Ashley James Brown and Gemma Costin to bring their artistic talents to the exhibition.  Ashley is working with us on our new artwork How Does Your Garden Grow to create a soundscape for the piece.  Gemma, inspired by the subject and the artworks is creating a scent-scape to allow audiences to smell their way around the space. 

It is with much grateful thanks to the Arts Council England Project Grant and Culture Coventry for funding JOYful dream so we can turn it into reality. 

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