Ancient Roman site inspires art exhibition

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FISHBOURNE Roman Palace has provided the inspiration for a collection of eye-catching artwork.

AXXESS is a group of artists who have worked together for the past 12 years using digital, paint, sculpture and textiles.

Their latest exhibition Rome Remains draws on Roman art and artefacts found at the important historical site, in West Sussex, where it is being shown until May 13.

Glynis Spencer has drawn her inspiration for her paintings from flora and fauna, some of which were introduced to Britain by the Romans.

Wendy Dearling’s work is influenced by the artefacts found at the site and she has created a 3D sculpture of the Hippocampus from the Cupid on a Dolphin mosaic. Her oil paintings have a distressed appearance, similar to the incomplete Roman murals and mosaics.

Senior museum assistant Tess Fradgely said: ‘The work is very varied and a great representation of Fishbourne and its surrounding area.’

The exhibition can be viewed among the mosaics in the palace’s North Wing.