BEWDLEY has been chosen as the opening venue for a national touring arts exhibition.

The recently-refurbished Old Foundry Gallery and Studio in the Brass Foundry of the town’s museum will be presenting Words and Pictures – an art exhibition of work by charity, the Sidney Nolan Trust, which supports the workof artists andmusicians.

The event, which starts tomorrow and runs until Monday, May 6, will be in two parts, with the words referring to a challenge based on general knowledge encyclopaedia, Encyclopædia Britannica.

The trust was given a set of a 1950s Encyclopædia Britannica after all attempts by the original owner to find them a new home failed.

It set a challenge for a group of book artists to select a volume and transform it into a new workof art.

The pictures part of the exhibition will include fine art prints displayed on the walls of artist Hilary Baker’s studio and gallery at Bewdley Museum.

Ms Baker said: “Itis fabulous to be opening my new studio and gallery with such a vibrant and thought-provoking exhibition.”

Budding artists and printmakers can also take part in two workshops during the exhibition.

They include an all-day course revealing the secrets of intaglio printmaking on Saturday, April 27 and a workshop about altered books on Sunday,May5.

People can get further information about the event by contacting 07796 092262.