Exhibition is inspired by Pre-Raphaelite’s Ophelia

Ophelia by John Everett Millais
Ophelia by John Everett Millais

City centre art gallery Art in the Heart bids goodbye to its Bridge Street premises next month - but first attention is turned to its final exhibition.

Ophelia: Pure Inspiration runs from Saturday until July 10 and is inspired by the famous and incredibly beautiful Ophelia, painted in 1851-2 by the great Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais.

From the exhibition, a piece from Lucinda Denning

From the exhibition, a piece from Lucinda Denning

Art in the Heart asked 25 artists to take part, and using their own unique practices and styles, the artists’ work relays their own feelings and interpretations of this great painting.

Included will be paintings, sculpture, mixed media art, pop art and textiles including an amazing piece of wearable art by textile artist Liz Hunt which is showcased in the gallery’s front window.

Exhibiting artists are Ann Ardron, Ann Bellamy, Charron Pugsley-Hill, Christine Withall, David William-Sampson, Dawn Isaac, Diane Nowell, Eve Marshall, Faye Gagel-Panchal, Francis Reynolds, Jacki Cairns, Jason Duckmanton, Jason Kerridge, John Pendred, Katie Timoshenko, Liz Hunt, Lucinda Denning, Pina Santoro-Ellwood, Prue Pye, Rachel Eden, Sarah Clark, Stacey Ann Cole, Tamsin Lonergan, Tony Nero, Tristan MacDougall and Yvette Cobley.

The Ophelia Exhibition is part of the Peterborough Artists Open Studios but will be hopefully repeated later in the year in Art in the Heart’s new home in Westgate Arcade.