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Rebecca Louise Law: Life in Death

Discover Rebecca Louise Law’s most intricate large-scale artwork to date, and see the Egyptian garlands that provided inspiration. Until 11 March 2018.

Event details

Until 11 March 2018, 10am to 3.45pm

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art


Included with entry to the Gardens. Save on the price of your ticket when you book online

Exhibition overview

Rebecca Louise Law is an installation artist specialising in artworks made with natural materials, especially flowers.

The exhibition Life in Death showcases her personal collection of plants and flowers, dried and preserved over a six year period. It is her most intricate large-scale artwork to date and examines our relationship with flowers and plants and how they are used, particularly through rituals.

Kew’s Herbarium specimens, including Egyptian garlands made with dried flowers dating back to 700BC, which inspired Rebecca to make this work, are also on display.

Entry to the exhibition is restricted due to the fragile and immersive nature of the artwork. Last admission to the galleries is 45 minutes before the Gardens close – arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Help us preserve the exhibit

The artwork is very delicate. Please help us preserve it for the enjoyment of other visitors by following these simple suggestions:

  • stay on the path through the garlands, this was cut out by the artist as part of the installation experience
  • avoid touching the delicate dried flowers
  • carry babies and small children – we regret no pushchairs will be allowed
  • only manual wheelchairs should be taken through the exhibit

Books from Kew's online shop

Life in Death by Rebecca Louise Law

A beautiful book showing the work of artist Rebecca Louise Law, including her exhibition of preserved flowers currently in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.

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Flora Japonica

A celebration of modern Japanese botanical art by Masumi Yamanaka, including 80 specially commissioned paintings of Japanese wild plants.

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A captivating collection of botanical illustrations by artist Katie Scott with text by Kew's Director of Science, Kathy Willis. An ideal gift for all plant lovers.

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