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Jan van Huysum Visits

A tour of Jan van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' to a series of unusual and unexpected locations throughout the UK

June – August 2021

A tour across the UK

In the summer of 2021, Jan van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' went on a nationwide tour, visiting a series of unusual or unexpected locations.

Stopping off in Cornwall, Norfolk, Lincoln, Yorkshire, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the painting was displayed in non-museum venues, including a food bank and community library, a covered market, a former department store and community centres.

Art and wellbeing

The tour promoted ways in which art and culture can support wellbeing and reach audiences who had been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and the UK lockdowns.

At each destination the display explored one of six ‘Ways to Wellbeing': Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give, and Care (for the Planet).

We worked closely with each venue as well as local museums and galleries to ensure that as many people as possible could engage with the painting and make it come alive in new and different ways.

Learn about each stop

Explore the painting

Jan van Huysum Visits
Learn how the visit of 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' to a food bank in Lincoln helped bring the local community together
Van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase'
Pause and take 5 minutes with a mindful look at Van Huysum's still life
Jan van Huysum Visits
See what it takes to set up 'Jan van Huysum Visits' in the unconventional setting of a shopping centre in Great Yarmouth... Will the painting fit through the doors?
Jan van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase'
See 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' through the eyes of a florist, potter, scribe and ornithologist
Jan van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase'
Lucy Chiswell gets her gardening gloves on for some time with van Huysum's flowers.

Audio description

Artemisia Visits

Jan van Huysum Visits built on the tour of Artemisia's 'Self Portrait of Saint Catherine of Alexandria' to a school, library, prison and doctor's surgery, in 2019.

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This project is supported by

Art Explora – Académie des Beaux-Arts Award
Philippe and Stephanie Camu
The John S Cohen Foundation 

Insurance has been gifted by Blackwall Green

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