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Dame Laura Knight: I Paint Today is on show at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum from 13 January until 30 June 2024. It is very well known that the artist expressed a love for the Worcestershire countryside, with the area providing inspiration for many of her pieces of work.
Follow in the footsteps of Dame Laura Knight with this carefully constructed travel itinerary. The itinerary, much like her work showcases the beauty of the county, a love letter to Worcestershire – the itinerary follows her journey and encapsulates a number of locations which are reflected in her work.
Day One - Malvern
From 1933 Laura Knight and her husband, Harold were frequent visitors to Malvern and fell in love with the dramatic landscape of the Malvern Hills which became a subject of her much-loved paintings.
Dame Laura claimed her best landscape pieces came from Malvern, so take in the historic ancient hill forts, panoramic views and seasonal landscape changes with a trip up the Hills...
A climb to the Worcestershire Beacon is a popular route, being the highest point in Worcestershire.
A quick pitstop
Why not stop for a pint in The Unicorn Inn, once where both Laura and Harold stayed for a prolonged visit to Malvern.
Great Malvern Priory
Great Malvern Priory is a Benedictine Church with perpendicular architecture over 900 years old with medieval stained glass, wall tiles and misericords. Laura was with Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw when they planted a mulberry tree for his 80th birthday.
Malvern Winter Gardens (Malvern Theatres)
Malvern Festival was established by Laura’s friend Sir Barry Jackson. Laura painted many of Barry’s London Theatre productions, the Yellow Dress is featured and available to view at the exhibition.
The 99 Steps
Laura painted the ’99 steps’ scene near to Bello Squardo, a house at the top of the 99 steps. Leading to St. Ann’s Well.
This walking route provided by Komoot involves a two-hour walk with plenty of sites of interest to see along the way.
Make an overnight stay of it!
Mount Pleasant Hotel
Storm over the town, available to view at Worcester Art Gallery and Museum shows the view from the Mount Pleasant Hotel where Laura Knight once stayed on one of her many extended visits to the area.
Why not have a tea on the terrace and enjoy the views which Laura took the pleasure of painting.
Day Two – Worcester
Trains from Great Malvern to Worcester Foregate Street are regular with either West Midlands Railway or GWR. Allowing for an easy connection between Malvern and Worcester.
Visit the exhibition at Worcester Art Museum & Art Gallery.
I Paint Today brings a stirring selection of Knight’s work to Worcestershire and focuses on key events, characters and achievements which helped to shape her life and career. Works from the Worcester City collection will be joined by loans from regional and national collections including the Imperial War Museum, to help tell the story of a woman who grew out of the Victorian era and developed and adapted her craft through a period of tumultuous change.
Grab a fresh coffee and cake from the onsite café, The Balcony. Nestled in glorious Victorian architecture.
Whilst in Worcester, experience the city’s further heritage to a trip to either The Commandery, Museum of Royal Worcester or Worcester Cathedral.
Finish the day with an excellent meal in one of Worcester’s independent restaurants.
Best for roasts – The Paul Pry
Juicy burgers – Burger Shop
Taste of Italy – Benedictos
British dishes – Friar Street Kitchen
Sundown, c.1955 (oil on canvas), Knight, Laura (1877-1970) / Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands, UK / © Wolverhampton Art Gallery / © Estate of Dame Laura Knight. All rights reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images
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Malvern Hills AONB
The Malvern Hills are a 15km range of ancient rocks made up of a complex assemblage of crystalline igneous and metamorphic rocks (granite) of pre-Cambrian age…
Great Malvern Priory
Through all the…
Nestling at the foot of the Malvern Hills, Malvern Theatres is a major centre for the arts in the West Midlands. Home of the famous Malvern Festivals, founded by Bernard Shaw and Barry Jackson in 1929 and in 1998 re-opened after a 5million lottery refurbishment.
Hailed both locally and nationally as a…
Mount Pleasant Hotel
The hotel is located right next door to the gateway to the Malvern Hills providing great access to many famous walking routes and local attractions. Some function rooms and…
Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
From fossils and the Worcestershire sauce archive to the 20th-century Steward’s Chemist Shop (open to walk around in on the first Friday of every month), there's a lot to explore in the museum. Look out for the historic chemist shop lamp…
The Commandery is the perfect place for a family day out – get to know your fearsome weapons, discover historic displays, and become an explorer in the spacious walled gardens. Experience a pivotal moment…
There is no charge to visit, donations are welcomed.
We're Good to Go' - following all government guidance re covid safety measures.
CafE and Shop is open from 10 am - 4 pm - Monday to Saturday
Turn Up For a Tour is available at 11am or 2.30pm, Monday to Saturday. These Historical Tours of the Cathedral start from the Welcome…
Museum of Royal Worcester
The Paul Pry
Benedicto's Italian Restaurant
This year we are celebrating 20 years of Benedictos, and we cannot wait to have all our regulars and new customers join us to celebrate our success with us.
Burger Shop Worcester
We think fresh is best and our skilled chefs make all our sauces, mayos, pickles, and slaws from scratch, meaning we know exactly what goes into our food and ensures everything is freshly made. All of our beef is grass-fed.
Cows are naturally grass-eating vegetarians so it makes sense that they are raised on this natural diet. We believe…
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