Take a break from weeding and visit a garden with an exhibition of contemporary sculpture 


Written by Tony Millett on .

Coelenterates (aquatic invertebrates) sculpture by Carol Andrews in resin and steelCoelenterates (aquatic invertebrates) sculpture by Carol Andrews in resin and steelIf you have a Bank Holiday weekend of gardening ahead, you could always take time off and head to West Lavington Manor (SN10 4LA) to see a stunning private garden, a welcoming community run café and an exhibition of inspirational contemporary sculpture.  

Celebrating Art in the Garden, the 2016 sculpture exhibition at West Lavington Manor is being staged by the voluntary organisation The Friends of the Garden.  This year’s exhibition forms part of the Rural Touring Arts programme run by Wiltshire charity Pound Arts.

The Manor’s gardens cover more than four acres and incorporate seventeenth century terraces, lawns shaded by magnificent mature trees, a new Japanese garden, and extensive borders. Yew topiary frames many spectacular views.

These and other spaces magnificently showcase contemporary sculpture. This year 28 artists are taking part. They include Wiltshire artists Bryan Hanlon (from Swindon) and Alison Bowyer (from Marlborough.)  

Across the lake Bryan Hanlon's bronze heron hunkers down on the deck while Alison Bowyer’s peacock in fused glass and aluminium wire will stroll along the border.

Sculpture by other artists working in stone, ceramic, copper, steel and glass will provide visitors with the opportunity to appreciate how together, contemporary sculpture and landscape create a new dynamic and sense of place.

 

The exhibition is open daily 11am – 6pm from Thursday 26 May – Sunday 12 June. It is open Bank Holiday Monday, closed Tuesday, May 31 and Monday/Tuesday, June 6/7. Entry £7 per adult (with a seniors concession of £5 excepting June 11 - NGS open day). This entry fee includes an exhibition catalogue. Accompanied children under 16 are free.

Michael Savage checks two of his sculptures: Core & Leaf Form - both made in beaten & welded copperMichael Savage checks two of his sculptures: Core & Leaf Form - both made in beaten & welded copper

 

 

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