Lilies for Os­car’s birth­day

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

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

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