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Museum Mentors Online: June 2020

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In the last few weeks members of our Museum Mentors groups have received colouring in cards and pictures of interesting objects from Brighton Museum collections which we hope will inspire artwork, be interesting to look at, or just be cheering during this time of lockdown.

We’ve been lucky enough to see some of the great work being done at home by our members and to get lovely emails thanking us for the post. 

Ossie has been busy making lots of artwork, below is his teapot drawing, with the photo that inspired it:


This bird illustration from a beautiful mug in the Willett Collection is a favourite with many people who come to our groups:

Curator Cecilia Kendall tells us that this mug was made in Staffordshire and dates from c1880, it depicts a bullfinch and another bird with their nests, representing Peace and Plenty/Health and Happiness.

Below are two versions of the bird, by our artists Ossie and Paul:



Here is another artwork by Paul, his coloured in version of Philip’s drawing of Arundel Castle:


Paul often uses many bright colours in his work and adds lots of words too, if you look closely you can read “who’s up the watchtower steps” top left on this piece.  

Finally a little preview of what is being sent out next to our members:  

There’s lots of seaside themed inspiration from museum collections put together for us by Collections Assistant Lucy and some new colouring cards. We hope you like it and we can’t wait to see your latest artwork! 

That’s all for this week. Look out for more Museum Mentors group updates soon.

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