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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.


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. 


Key Dates:

EXHIBITING ARTISTS CALLOUT - we are looking for artists inspired by nature creating JOYful works, to submit work for possible inclusion in the exhibition. Selected artists receive a £150 fee.
DEADLINE 10 Febuary. Application here.

PEOPLE WHO LOVE MAKING AS MUCH AS WE DO CALLOUT - open sessions working with us in Coventry on elements of our hanging installation. May 7, 8, 13, 14,15. Free to attend with travel covered.
Booking essential via Eventbrite tickets released April.

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


Funded by Arts Council England Project Grant
and The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery

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