Sculpture In The Garden 2017

Sculpture In The Garden 2017

This summer’s sculpture show at Godinton House near Ashford in Kent will bring together the work of eighteen British artists

Visitors can enjoy the show from Saturday 22nd July for three weeks until 13th August, the gardens open daily from 1pm to 6pm.

The artists are chosen for their broad range of styles and materials. Richard Cresswell will be showing his shimmering steel and aluminium ‘Murmuration’, Lynn Baker’s glass daisies and tulips will be sparkling in the borders and Jo Ansell will be returning to the show with her beautifully stylised stone figures.

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Six of the artists are new to this show and all will be bringing work which has not been shown before. All the work will be for sale and there will be pieces to suit every style of garden (and budget).

Godinton’s Head Gardener, Viv Hunt, who organises the annual show, said ‘We are always thrilled to install the new work and see how it brings the garden to life. It’s a real joy to make the garden into a gallery for three weeks every year. This year we have work for every bit of the garden – carved wood and stone for the Wild Garden, shining aluminium abstracts on the formal lawns and ponds, charming smaller figurative work for the intimate Italian Garden. Every piece has its own space’.

It’s also an opportunity to see ’Tempesta’, unveiled in March by the artist Emily Young. Purchased for the estate by the Godinton House Preservation Trust this wonderful piece of carved marble is now a centrepiece of the gardens. The gardens are open every day from 1pm, enjoy a cup of tea, piece of cake or ice cream while you mull over a possible purchase. House open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, first house tour 1.30pm. Admission garden £5 adults, £9 house and garden, children under 16 free.

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Good access from M20 junction 9, 40 minutes from London to Ashford on the High Speed Train.

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