Until mid-October the grounds at Kew Gardens have been transformed into an elegant sculpture park, celebrating the work of over 30 British sculptors. Patrick Hamilton Courtney previews Sculpt at Kew for C&TH.
Sculpt at Kew
Over in North West London, Frieze Sculpture 2017 is once again bringing the capital a dose of international, cutting edge installation art with its annual admission-free pop up in Regents Park. But if you’re searching for a showcase of artistic talent in West London, head to Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.
In order to enliven their autumn rota of events, Kew has teamed up with Handmade in Britain – a collective that aims to raise appreciation for British craftspeople – to stage a dynamic and varied sculpture exhibition amongst Kew’s luscious and manicured gardens.
Around 30 artists are participating in Sculpt, and their work spans a wide range of styles and media. Everything from figurative sculpture to contemporary abstracts will be on show. Works are placed strategically around the gardens, offering Instagram photo op after photo op. The exhibition seeks to draw attention to artists who work in a wide range of materials; there are of course traditional bronzes, but pieces made from wood, glass, and ceramics are also on display.
Exhibiting artists include British sculptor Simon Gudgeon who often works with natural motifs, Piers Mason, best known for his life size animal sculptures, and a pair of giant simplified heads by Paul Vanstone. One of Anne Curry’s abstract pieces enjoys a beautiful spot suspended above a pool of water, and a real highlight for equestrians will be the presence of Nic Fiddian Green’s famous dipped horse heads.
Sculpt successfully breathes life into Kew before the onset of bitter weather, offering visitors a new way to look at the gardens and adding worthwhile interest after the blooms of summer have wilted. Best of all the show is included with a standard admission ticket, so it’s simply a bonus to enjoy alongside frolicking in all the autumn leaves!
Sculpt at Kew runs until the 15th October 2017. General admission at £15.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.