Petals and Palettes: Lucy Harwood’s Love of Nature


Petals and Palettes: Lucy Harwood’s Love of Nature

Friday 08 March 2024

Studio 1

Lucy Harwood, Pig amongst Flowers, Firstsite Collection

With Hugh St Clair, plus guests


Join us for an insightful panel conversation led by Hugh St Clair, the co-curator of our exhibition ‘Lucy Harwood: Bold Impressions.’ He will be joined by Cressida Ross, Lucy Harwood’s great niece, and botanical painter and friend of Cedric Morris, Ashe Ericksson. Together, they will share captivating stories about Lucy Harwood, her artistic inspiration, and her significant role at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing.

Lucy, a skilled gardener admired by Cedric Morris, incorporated flowers and plants into many of her paintings, particularly her Still Lives. Hugh, Cressida, and Ashe will explore how Lucy’s love for plants and gardening played a vital role in sustaining and influencing her artwork.

Sharing childhood memories and insights from Lucy’s diaries, Cressida Ross will provide a fascinating insight into Lucy’s life, including her thoughts about the natural world, her passion for painting plants and what the Suffolk landscape meant to her.

Ashe Erikkson, who was commissioned in the 1960s to create botanical drawings in Cedric Morris’s garden at Benton End near Hadleigh, will recount her experiences from her time at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, where Lucy Harwood studied and became a mentor to many artists, including Maggi Hambling.

Enjoy an evening of lively discussion and the unique opportunity to learn about the rich tapestry of Lucy Harwood’s life and legacy through the eyes of those who knew her.


About the panellists


Ashe Ericksson

As a 16 year old girl, Ashe Ericksson was asked to paint some botanical pictures. Cedric Morris’ garden at Benton End was the perfect setting and there met a colourful cast of characters and had a lot of fun.

She studied at Ipswich Art and taught art to children excluded from main stream school. Ashe was married to an artist Lawrence Self and to provide extra income painted murals and furniture for which she is celebrated.


Cressida Ross

Cressida Ross is Lucy Harwood’s great niece and shares a love of art with her. She trained as a paintings conservator and  worked for the National Trust for private owners. She and her husband also organise tours and courses for their company Art History Abroad. Cressida has enjoyed getting to know Lucy better thanks to the diaries she left.  


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Dates and times

Friday 08 March 2024 | 7:00 pm

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