Doddington Hall’s third biennial sculpture exhibition opens at the end of July.Two years in the planning and taking over a month to set up, the popular event brings 450 pieces to the region. Carefully sited within the Elizabethan family home’s grounds, this year the exhibition boasts numerous stunning pieces by successful sculptors from the industry’s top talent. It’s a brave and bold line-up which again promises to enthral, delight and inspire visitors of all ages. For the collector, landscaper, garden designer and art lover, it’s a chance to choose a new piece.
Site specific installations are being created for Doddington Hall by sculptors Chris Eckersley, Lucy Strachan, Linda Johns and Peter Little.
Chris Eckersley’s land-covering piece – entitled Bluefield – will be created during the first week of the exhibition featuring 1500 dashes of blue placed between the garden’s ha-ha and the pyramid, creating a haze of colour, perfect for summer sun; grass artist Lucy Strachan’s main piece will see artificial grass playfully moulded over the garden’s Elizabethan mellow brick walls plus topiary ‘fish’ swimming alongside the Hall’s own topiary; figurative and abstract sculptor Linda Johns will be creating wire figures suspended inside a hollow under yew trees, with wire displayed ethereally against the yew’s dark green interior for dramatic effect. Hortisculptor Peter Little, who brought his suspended pod to the 2014 exhibition, will be building a pond with a bridge leading to an inspirational mossy, wet pod.
The exhibition will also showcase celebrated sculptor and designer Rebecca Newnham, whose work exploring energy, sound and mass will be sited throughout the gardens.
Other featured sculptors include Paul Vanstone with his beautiful marble Talking Heads; architectural commissions sculptor Howard Boycott’s extraordinary slate pyramid which was initially shown and sponsored by the Smithsonian in New York; Ruth Moilliet’s magical seed heads; plus the banks of the pond at Doddington will feature kinetic wind pieces by David Watkinson.
On their own, these site-specific pieces and showcased sculptors would make an exhibition worth visiting but with numerous other talented sculptors included, it is set to be an exceptional event full of pieces by the sculpting elite and emerging talent.
Families enjoy exploring the exhibition as there is something for everyone to enjoy, but this year there will be a special interactive piece located at the Gatehouse, generously funded by the Lincoln Cultural and Arts Partnership through the Cultural Destinations fund (supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Visit England). A large dragon by willow sculptor Carole Beavis will be built on site for visitors of all ages to touch, explore and even walk under plus they will be invited to tie fabric onto it when they arrive to create texture.
“In total, work by over 75 leading British and European sculptors will be featured,”explains James Birch, who runs the Doddington Hall Estate alongside his wife Claire. “The level of talent is higher than ever, and extraordinary pieces by established sculptors and artists will be around every corner. Our biennial exhibition attracts people of all ages, and brings a lot of enjoyment so we are delighted to hold it at Doddington for the third time. We enjoy seeing people discuss the pieces, choosing their favourite.”
There will be a wide range of work and styles spanning classic, modern and contemporary. Mediums include marble, stone, slate, steel, water, bronze, ceramics, glass, aluminium, plastic, rubber, willow and artificial grass.
‘Sculpture at Doddington 2016’ takes place between Saturday 30 July and Sunday 11 September (open daily) and represents the chance to enjoy one of the largest exhibitions of outdoor art exhibitions in the country.There will also be an indoor exhibition located in Doddington Hall’s Granary Barn. A full colour exhibition catalogue and guide will be available; all pieces will be for sale.There is no additional cost to enjoy the exhibition, as it is included in garden admission (£6.50 adults, £3.50 children). Family tickets available. House also open on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (additional admission).
For more information visit www.doddingtonhall.com or call 01522 694 308.