Out of Nature Sculpture Exhibition 1st to 22nd October 2017 Newport House Herefordshire
On October 1-22 2017, the gardens at Newport House on the Welsh borders open to the public and “Out Of Nature” presents its 3rd sculpture show.
Newport House, Almeley, Herefordshire HR3 6LL
With over 40 artists and 300 pieces from all over the UK, Out Of Nature is one of the largest sculpture shows in the country in scale and in quality of artists represented.
It was created in 2013 to celebrate our link with nature and to invite everyone to let themselves be awed and bewitched by the beauty of autumn colours in the formal gardens and the walled vegetable gardens of Newport House, resonating with the magic of sculptures of all sizes, shapes and materials.
Central to the show is The Cart Shed, a charity that works with people with mental health issues (such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, bi-polar disorder…) through coppicing and green wood craft. The Cart Shed will be present throughout the show with staff and volunteers happy to demonstrate activities and share its experiences.
All profits from the show are donated to The Cart Shed.
September 30: (11am – 5pm): Preview – includes food and drinks, meet the artists, performances – Donation of £25 to The Cart Shed
October 1-22 : “Out Of Nature” is open daily from 10.30am to 5.30pm Entrance £5, children and students free. Food made from produce from the organic kitchen garden served all day, as well as drinks.
October 6, 5pm: The Cart Shed receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for voluntary groups) from Herefordshire Lord Lieutenant Lady Darnley The press is warmly invited to visit the show before, and attend the event.
Buggy rides available for people with mobility issues.
All the artists taking part in the show engage with the theme of our link with Nature, and are keen to support The Cart Shed.
Some make pieces specifically for the show, some make pieces that anyway are a celebration of nature (such as Anthony Turner’s pods and fruit, or Dominic Welch’s geometrically mesmerizing aquatic or moon-like shapes). Some are a call out of grief in reaction to how Nature is being desecrated (such as Glenn Morris’ stone memorials to disappearing butterfly species, or Simon Meiklejohn’s soul wrenching constructs made from recycled metals).
• Neil Ferber, Anthony Turner, Dominic Welch, Paul Vanstone are a few of the outstanding stone carvers bringing their pieces from as far as Cornwall and Brighton • Terence Coventry very sadly passed away in April, but had enthusiastically agreed to lend some of his pieces to the show when we spoke with him in December • Established land artist Richard Harris will build a couple of his trademark architectural pieces on the grounds at Newport House, while land artist Kate Raggett will create a large drawing made out of apples.
List of artists:
Mike Abbott, Anita Bigsby, Kevin Blockley, Shaun Brosnan, Caro Burberry, Caitriona Cartwright, Halima Cassell, Terence Coventry, Aragorn Dick-Read, Jon Edgar, Karen Edwards, Ed Elliot, Neil Ferber, Kim Francis, Richard Harris, Hereford College of Arts students, Sue Hiley-Harris, Julia Hilton, Rolf Hook, Gudrun Leitz, Jonathan Loxley, Matthew Lloyd, Sally Matthews, Simon Meikeljohn, Glenn Morris, Tania Mosse, Lottie O’Leary, Clare Parry Jones, Kate Raggett, Tim Rawlins, Mark Richards, Kate Risdale, Andrew Roache, Sarah Smith, Antonia Spowers, Mark Stonestreet, Almuth Tebenhoff, Anthony Turner, Christian Vaughan Jones, Paul Vanstone, Dominic Welch, Rachel Wood
· Sculpture as a way to lead people outdoors and enjoy the magic of texture, colour and shape: sculpture is accessible to everyone, not just the art connoisseur.
· The Cart Shed: a charity which helps people process painful experiences and emotions – the story of Steve Bourke, army veteran with PTSD who is now a volunteer at the Cart Shed and making a piece for the show.
· Newport House: a book on Newport House and its occupants throughout history will be published in time for the opening of the show. It is written by Kate Felu?, author of the critically acclaimed “the secret life of the Georgian garden”, published in 2016. Kate will talk on Oct 7th and 8th.
· Oct 14-15: workshops and talks during Out Of Nature to mark the 40th anniversary of the hurricane in 1987 that destroyed many trees, and which sparked a renewal in green wood craft, as well as in researching historical gardens
On October 3rd 2015, “Out Of Nature” will present its 2nd exhibition.
Opening Dates & Times
October 3rd – 25th 2015
Open from 10.30am – 5.30pm
At Newport House, Almeley, Herefordshire, HR3 6LL
Admission £5, Children Free
Over 40 artists and 300 pieces set across the beautiful formal gardens of Newport House, and its newly restored 2 ½ acre kitchen garden.
All to celebrate our link with Nature. To remind ourselves that in spite of a modern lifestyle that often treats Nature as irrelevant we are actually creatures of it, and can find connection to the Universe and to Nature’s rhythms, and healing, through simple activities, provided we’re out there, and in it.
The theme resonates with The Cart Shed’s philosophy: transforming lives by engaging people with mental health issues through coppicing and green wood craft in a woodland setting.
Profits from “Out Of Nature” will be used to support The Cart Shed’s work, with the sculpture show acting as a platform to highlight how effective this therapeutic activity is.
Being active and outdoors is cheap and easily accessible to most people, and the health benefits are increasingly recognised. To be surrounded by trees in a safe environment confers feelings of peace, contentment, enhancing self esteem, and can encourage a real sense of belonging and purpose.
“Out Of Nature” celebrates Nature and supports The Cart Shed, but the pieces presented also constitute one of the most ambitious shows in the country in scale, as well as quality and creativity.
“Out Of Nature” will be open daily from October 3-25 from 10.30am to 5.30pm
Artists include Heather Jansch (Devon) with her spirited life size Arab horses cast in bronze from drift wood; Charlotte Mayer and her deeply spiritual pieces; Anthony Turner (Devon) and his celebration of all things pod and seed; Sally Matthews (Powys) will present a larger than life Herefordshire bull; artist in residence Rolf Hook from Germany has uncovered some interesting shapes from huge pieces of yew that may be over 1000 years old; Paul Caton (Herefordshire) is busy carving an abstract shape from a huge piece of oak from Newport House, and Ant Beetlestone (Forest of Dean) will see what animal he can find in a large piece of wellingtonia (he carved very life-like bears two years ago).
Jean-Patrice Oulmont will drive up from the Pyrenees again to show more of the powerful bronze casts of carved wood that were so well received two years ago; Jon Edgar will throw the clay portrait of a local “guardian of the soil” as well as carve a large piece of lime from Newport House during his 10 day residence in early October.
Local established sculptors Mark Richards (Herefordshire) and Jemma Pearson (Shropshire) will set aside their large bronze commissions to contribute their own personal response to the theme of Out Of Nature; sculptor/explorer/tree surgeon Glenn Morris (Powys) has already delivered a piece on which he spent 400 hours, a tribute to the High Brown Fritillary, a butterfly that is threatened with extinction (Glenn will share his experience of climate change and how he reacts to it in his sculpture during a talk on the Arctic on October 3rd); land artist Kate Raggett (Herefordshire) will finish installing a piece in situ the first day of the show on October 3rd.
But also Jonathan Loxley (Salisbury, marble),Kevin Blockley (Powys, marble), William Peers (Devon, marble and stone), Rachel Wood (Herefordshire, expressive animals), Matt LaneSanderson (Herefordshire, steel), Joe Smith (Scotland, slate), Tania Moss (Herefordshire, various materials), Lottie O’Leary (Herefordshire, stone carving), Dominic Welch (Devon, stone), Paul Vanstone (London, stone), Sara Bamford (Herefordshire, steel), Antonia Spowers (Powys, various materials), James Connolly (Gloucestershire, odes to love and sensuality mainly in stone), Helen Sinclair (Swansea, bronze cast out of drift wood), Simon Probyn (Herefordshire, steel), Caro Burberry (Herefordshire, bronze and resin), Kim Francis (Stroud, stone), Julian Meredith (Herefordshire, works on death and decay), Jenny Pickford (Herefordshire, huge steel and glass flowers), Sue Hiley Harris (Powys, weaving), Chris Kampf (Somerset, steel ferns), Carole Beavis (Derbyshire, willow), Shaun Brosnan (South London, sheet lead), Andrew Roache (Gloucestershire, founder of the established Showborough House sculpture show and a sculptor of animals in his own right), Rachel Carter (Derbyshire, paper), Aragorn Dick-Read (British Virgin Islands, large steel cubes and spheres), Ed Elliott (Herefordshire, wood) and students from the Hereford College of Art are working on a project using recycled material.