I went to Stourhead today to meet a large group of All Hallows Yr 8 students who were visiting our Scraptors’ Sculpture Trail. We (Scraptors) are taking it down from next Tuesday 4th October – a slight extension to the 30th September end date – and it was my last chance to take pictures of our work there. Everything glowed in the sunshine and Stourhead was staggeringly beautiful. Suddenly, I felt so much more alive – I wish Britain had more days like today! The children explored the Trail with great enthusiasm and our Children’s Quiz sheets seemed to help. As they were studying metals in Science, learning about sustainability, studying mythology in Latin and some doing Surrealism/metamorphosis with me in extra-curricular Art, the Trail provided plenty of relevant cross-curricular themes.
Today the sun came out at Stoberry park, Wells, in time for a visit from Wells Cathedral Junior School students – some with whom I’ve run workshops in the past. It was lovely to see them all engrossed, discovering and drawing our sculptures around the extensive gardens – everything glimmering in the fresh sunlight (see images below).
My current work is divided between 4 events this month, the bulk of which features at Stoberry Park (venue 60 – Somerset Art Weeks – until 2 Oct) and the Scraptors’ Sculpture Trail at Stourhead (ongoing until 30th September). In addition, I have a piece at Venue 28, Muchelney Abbey, showing alongside wire pieces by primary school students who worked with me on The Great Crane Project (until 2 Oct). I will also be showing a couple of pieces at the Quartz Festival Art Exhibition, Taunton (29 Sept – 8 Oct).
Now that the hectic phase is almost over, I am starting to wind down and think… what luxury! Exhibitions and commissions are great, but I’d also like to find time and headspace to explore new ideas and processes over the coming winter months without the pressures of too many deadlines. Here’s hoping…
It’s that time of year again when artists around Somerset gear up for the intensive fortnight, opening venues to show their art to members of the public from far and wide. I will be exhibiting some pieces at Stoberry Park, Wells, together with Ian Marlow ARBS, Sonja Klingler, Alex Relph and Christine-Ann Richards. We all specialise in 3-d work and the venue is perfect for this – set in stunning gardens with magnificent views overlooking Wells Cathedral, across to Glastonbury Tor and beyond. Free-ranging sheep roam the lower acreage, which leads to large expanses of parkland, a lovely arboretum, large ponds and beautiful cultivated walled gardens near the main house. The venue will be open to the public from Sunday 18 Sept – Sunday 2 Oct, 11am – 6pm. It will be closed on Mondays and Thursdays. The gardens will also be open for the National Garden Scheme – the last NGS event of the year (£3.50 to charity, children free). Refreshments will be available.
Stoberry Park, Stoberry House, Stoberry Park, Wells, Somerset BA5 3LD is located just off A39 (Bristol road) on the outskirts of Wells. Turn into College Road and immediately left into Stoberry Park. Long drive (with free-roaming sheep).
VJUltra has created a video of my work – please view: http://vimeo.com/27882517
We have had some wonderful feedback for our Sculpture Trail at Stourhead. Please see the latest article & review by Wincanton Window: http://www.wincantonwindow.co.uk/scraptors-sculpture-trail-opens-at-stourhead.htm
I have been working pretty solidly for the past month on the Scraptors Sculpture Trail – now up and running at Stourhead National Trust Estate (BA12 6QD) throughout September. Our Private View yesterday was packed with enthusiastic guests, so hopefully the Trail will be a resounding success! Today I am keeping this brief and going swimming with my son…