Edible Masterpieces: Fundraising for Art!

Recently Birmingham Museums Trust staff organised an ‘Edible Masterpieces’ event to raise money for the Art Fund; a charity which supports museums and galleries in the UK, and has aided key acquisitions and staff posts at Birmingham Museums.

Staff enjoying looking at and eating the cakes!

Staff enjoying looking at and eating the cakes!

Staff were invited to create delicious cakes and bakes inspired by their favourite works of art. The results were pretty impressive – from Old Masters to the Pre-Raphaelites, Contemporary art to the Staffordshire Hoard, Birmingham Museums diverse collections could be both admired and consumed!

Man and his Sheep an Ana Maria Pacheco inspired cake.

Man and his Sheep an Ana Maria Pacheco inspired cake

 

Beautiful ‘Night and Her Train of Stars’ inspired cupcakes

Beautiful ‘Night and Her Train of Stars’ inspired cupcakes

 

Archaeological treasure cakes

Archaeological treasure cakes

 

The Persistence of memory - a Salvador Dali inspired cake

The Persistence of memory – a Salvador Dali inspired cake

 

Rossetti’s La Donna della Finestra ‘deconstructed’

Rossetti’s La Donna della Finestra ‘deconstructed’

 

An Oak Tree - Homage to Michael Craig-Martin. A more conceptual art cake!

An Oak Tree – Homage to Michael Craig-Martin. A more conceptual art cake!

 

Barbara Hepworth inspired cake

Barbara Hepworth inspired cake

 

Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Orazio Gentileschi inspired cake

Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Orazio Gentileschi inspired cake

There was also a competition, and the entries were judged by the Art Fund’s Birmingham representative Celia Potts. The top spot was awarded to a sponge version of Modigliani’s Madame Z, created by our multi-talented Curator of Fine Art, Victoria Osborne.

The winning cake - Madame Z by Amedeo Modigliani.

Madame Z by Amedeo Modigliani.  The winner of the staff competition.

Competition was tight, so please comment below to support your favourite bake. Also, if you feel inspired to create your own edible masterpiece after the Birmingham Museums collection, we’d love to see your pictures!  Also remember it is Museum Cake Day (#MusCake) on 25th June, so get baking!

Maria Alambritis (HLF ‘Skills for the Future’ Curatorial Trainee) and
Helen Hillyard (Art Fund and National Gallery Curatorial Trainee)

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