Not just the dandelion, but also the opening exhibition for Gallery@OMP which grew from the seeds of a couple of ideas; respect for the old, heralding the new and continuing a tradition of having artists and artisans selling their work in Church Street.
The dandelion has been adopted to represent the opening exhibition as it’s a transformative plant. It nourishes the community around it as do the artists exhibiting; conservationists and visionaries whose art also feeds the soul. This is the start point for a venture backed by the Old Mayor’s Parlour’s owners who are keen to encourage the use of the modern exhibition space, which nestles in this 16th Century building, by artists from the Marches and beyond.
The head of a dandelion gets blown away either in the wind or during children’s games but that is not the end it is the beginning. Those seeds which parachute in the wind are believed to carry thoughts and affection to wherever they may land. Landing those seeds will germinate and grow. The children make wishes as they blow the seed heads which many believe come true; Gallery@OMP will encourage artists and visitors to imagine, dream and create a truth through the exhibitions.
In the16th Century a dandelion tea was made and possibly had been drunk by the Mayor’s who lived at 23 Church Street. It was believed to purify the blood and boost the immune system – creating a sense of well-being – which is what the Gallery@OMP would like to do for it’s visitors who come to view or buy exhibiting artists work.
You’ll see the dandelion or it’s parts reappearing as the year progresses in ways which may surprise you!
The “Seeds of Change” exhibition is on from 29th March to 24th April 2016 from 10:00 to 17:00 daily. Sunday 11:00 to 16:00. Gallery@Night Thursdays open until 20:00