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This biennial sculpture exhibition, first held in 1992 in the extensive gardens and grounds of The Old Rectory at Quenington seemed like a perfect afternoon out for the Friends. The exhibition ran from 16 June until 7 July, and we visited on a glorious day on the 26 June.
We were lucky enough to be shown around by Sarah McCabe before going round on our own and enjoying some delicious cake. I took a few photos, hoping to get a good one of the group of us looking relaxed, maybe it’s better to get people lined up for a photo?
I have taken information on some of the pieces from the website, I do hope this is OK.

 I photographed pieces I particularly liked, some are residents in the garden, others there for the exhibition

 I could see the sculptures looking good in my garden

 I particularly liked the arrangement of bricks in this stand, perfectly placed by Iain Cotton,  a sculptor who makes letters. Working in stone he makes sculpture for the public realm, private commissions and exhibitions. Clients include Bath Abbey, the Cotswold Way National Trail, Sovereign Housing and the Art and Memory Collection. He has work in private collections in the UK, USA and Japan.

 The suitcases and shoes in a clearing in the garden by Andrei Precup, were very moving, Andrei was born in Cluj-Napoca in the heart of Transylvania in 1992. He opted to study Fine Arts finishing his sculpture degree in England in 2015. His practice has at its core an interest in new techniques and the unconventional use of materials. “Too heavy to move on” was inspired by the current political views portrayed in the media regarding migration.

 I quite like this view of the group of us following Sarah to look at Hereford and Ludlow college students’ work

 I loved a lot of it, and lots of the pieces had been sold. The one below is ‘Curved’ by Dane Stevens

 I’m not sure whose work this is, the label says ‘Please respect the artist’s work by not touching this sculpture.’

 This sculpture below was fabulous, and could be bought in sections, by Katherine Morgan Kilpatrick and Julia Raath, Katherine’s work plays with pre-conceptions of femininity, aspects of dress and gender. She explores the meaning of contemporary beauty: questioning what is real or manufactured, by creating artefacts and installation as an effective means of human communication, in unexpected and humorous settings. Her textile installation reflects the tapestry of English gardening.

 All these swans are all different and looked wonderful against the library wall, they’re made by Emily Lawlor, Emily graduated with a first-class degree in Public Art and Design from Chelsea College of Art in 1994, specialising in mosaics and ceramics. Emily has worked on public art commissions in hospitals, schools and libraries in London and the South-East. She now works from her Cotswolds studio making mosaics from vintage china and selling through galleries.

 This structure was a bit like a summerhouse on the river, reached by a gang plank in the river. Kathy and martin were brave enough to go and sit in it and said it was ‘Wonderful’.

 Above the one metre diameter Nodule from Cotswold Water Park is a rare example of an unusually large Septarian Nodule from the Jurassic period (approx. 160 million years ago). Once cut in half, the nodule revealed a spectacular maze of calcite crystals, creating this beautiful geological sculpture.

 Simon, an Associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, has exhibited work at RHS Wisley, RHS Hyde Hall and at the Savill Garden in Windsor. He has contributed to exhibitions in London with the Royal Society of Artists, Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Society of Wildlife Artists.

 I’m not sure if these are called ‘Ballerina Brollies’

 I love the fountain above, part of the Abel Smith’s permanent collection.

 Above Miranda Michels lives and works on a Radnorshire Hill Farm surrounded by the things that inspire her. She is entirely self-taught, doing all the welding and construction herself. Her sculptures are now in collections in both the UK and abroad, and below Elaine Bolt, Elaine is a ceramic artist creating pieces inspired by landscape and place. Working and teaching in Sussex, she has exhibited across the UK, Europe, USA and Japan. She has recently worked on a year-long Arts Council collaborative project and taught as Lecturer in Ceramics at the University of Brighton.
Below Mim Brigham, Mim is a Cornish artist specialising in hot and warm glass. Her work fuses together her passion of science and art and her use of different glass techniques. Inspired by the grass that grows on the beaches, the pieces are created using blown techniques and then fused.

We did have a lovely afternoon.

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