Lilies for Oscar’s birthday
ARTISTS from the local area will commemorate the birthday of one of the area’s most famous prisoners next week.
The Reading Guild of Artists
(RGA) has teamed up with Reading Museum, Jelly, Two Rivers Press and Whiteknights Trail, along with various independent artists and makers to celebrate the wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde on his birthday this Monday.
The collective or artists have joined forces to create a stunning of lilies using a range of materials including ceramics, fabric, paper, plastic and recycled objects, to create a unique bouquet which will be displayed for members of the public to enjoy.
Carole Pembrooke, one of the artists celebrating Oscar Wilde, and a member of the RGA, said: “The symbolic meaning I took from Oscar Wilde’s tale – The Good Friend – centres on Hans; a materially poor man, who has great inner strength and generosity of spirit. This in turn enables him, out of friendship, to keep giving to others who are materially wealthy but mean in spirit.
“This in turn led me to thinking about, and being touched by learning that many refugees who have so little materially left of their former lives generously welcome guests and care for others.”
The lilies will be displayed at Haslams estate agents in Friar Street, Reading, from Monday.
Carole Pembrooke with her lilies