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Ged Quinn - Bela Forgets the Scissors

Oil on linen, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery.

Benjamin Williams Leader - Tintern Abbey, Wales

Oil on canvas, 1889. Courtesy Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum.

Mark Fairnington - Site

Oil on panel, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Alexander Cozens - A Ruined Building

Watercolour and graphite on paper, (1700s). Courtesy Tate collection.

Living Ruins

26 September to 30 November 2019

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum

Meadow Arts and Worcester City Art Gallery present Living Ruins, a co-curated exhibition exploring the influence of ruins in art from the 18th Century to the contemporary, drawing on work by contemporary artists including Ged Quinn, Alex Hartley and Mark Fairnington. It includes important and rarely seen artworks from Worcester Museum’s own collection and a series of exciting works on loan from The Tate, which delve into our attraction to what has passed but survive as Living Ruins.

Ruins have the power to fascinate like few other subjects. They confront the viewer with essential questions about our time on earth; inviting us to reflect on what has passed and to consider what may follow. As a result, ruins place us firmly in an unavoidable and highly defined present that we must confront, and where crucial questions are raised: what will our own ruins look like? What must be preserved? What will be lost? What has value? How and what do we build?

In this way, ruins are the ultimate time-machines.


In Ruins

12 July – 3 November 2019

Witley Court, Great Witley, Worcestershire WR6 6JT

Meadow Arts' exploration of ruins in art continues at Witley Court in Worcestershire, in partnership with English Heritage. In Ruins is a contemporary art exhibition, featuring the work of ten contemporary artists, in the spectacular ruined mansion and its gardens. In Ruins is open every day until 3rd November 2019.

Visit the In Ruins exhibition page




Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
Foregate Street
01905 25371

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed

(Last orders in the café at 4.15pm)

Visitor Facilities and Access

The Art Gallery and Museum is fully accessible and has an easy access toilet.

Lift entrance is at pavement level in Taylor’s Lane and services all floors.

A wheelchair is available for public use.

The Gallery is equipped with an Induction Loop.

Baby changing facilities are available.

Guide and assistance dogs welcome.