A COLOURFUL and exotic display of paintings has opened at Nunnington Hall.

‘Place and Culture’ is the first of six changing exhibitions hosted by the National Trust at Nunnington Hall this year.

The opening exhibition of the year features 45 works inspired by British artist Val Archer and the continued fascination with the things that she encounters on her travels.

Often visiting Italy, her work encapsulates the feelings for places and culture, using the architecture, mosaics and textured walls with the remnants of frescoes.

These are then layered with indigenous flowers, fruits and fabrics which represent the simple pleasures in life.

Laura Kennedy, visitor experience manager at Nunnington Hall, said: “Val Archer’s work is particularly detailed and exquisite.

“Her passion for travel and admiration for different cultures is plain to see, and delivered in bright and bold ways. Her play with shapes and reflections means you could stand and look at a painting for quite some time, and continue to spot new details and come to appreciate how balanced and considered the composition is.

The exhibition is on display until Sunday, March 24, and normal admission prices apply.

For more information on this and all the exhibitions coming later this year at Nunnington, visitwww.nationaltrust.org.uk/nunnington-hall/features/exhibitions-at-nunnington-hall.

Nunnington Hall is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am – 4pm. For more information about visiting Nunnington Hall, tel: 01439 748283 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nunnington-hall.