Borde Hill 20th Anniversary Celebration Of Art

Borde Hill 20th Anniversary Celebration Of Art

10th May – 30th September 2019

The opening ceremony on Thursday 9th May was conducted by Juliet Sargeant, TV presenter and RHS gold medalist for garden design, with Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke of Borde Hill, in the presence of sculptors and invited dignitaries.

Towering kinetic wind art and mythological figures transform the historic Sussex Garden at Borde Hill into a stunning outdoor gallery, as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Sculpture Exhibition.

The carefully selected sculptures are strategically placed throughout the 17-acre formal garden, and work in harmony with the renowned horticultural collection, continuing to put Borde Hill on the map. Including 100 figurative and abstract works in a diverse range of materials from bronze to glass, the display will highlight fresh new talent with some familiar names returning to be part of this special celebration of art.

Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke, Managing Director and custodian of Borde HillGarden, said: ‘The Sculpture Exhibition is the best we’ve ever held in the Garden and I would like to thank the artists displaying their works and Andrew Loin for putting the Exhibition together.’

Andy James, UK CEO of local sponsor 1ST CENTRAL, says: ‘We’re delighted to continue our support of the Sculpture Exhibition in this, its 20th year. Against a splendid backdrop, the event provides a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see some amazing pieces by artists from across the country. We’re very privileged to have such a stunning attraction in our local community’.

Will Carr’s kinetic wind sculpture ‘Transfiguration’ will captivate viewers as it twists and turns in the breeze in front of the Elizabethan Mansion. Wandering further into the garden ‘rooms’, visitors will encounter ‘Icarus I’ by Nicola Godden, a striking winged figure commissioned for the London 2012 Olympic Village. The mythological theme continues with ‘Narcissus’ by Teresa Wells, a figurative bronze inspired by the boy who fell in love with his own reflection.

Exploring the Garden’s hidden spaces, visitors will stumble across exquisite stone carvings, alongside works in resin, glass and ceramic. Many pieces will draw inspiration from the natural world, including ‘Petals ’by Nicolas Moreton‘Bloom’ byZoe Singleton and ‘Feathers 2’ by Stephanie Cushing. The pioneer of stone-balancing art, Adrian Gray, will defy the laws of nature with his large weathered stones and boulders. Balancing precariously, they will fascinate visitors with their impossibility.

Smaller pieces are exhibited inside the Glasshouse and Green Tree Gallery, encouraging visitors to explore every nook and cranny of the historic garden and grounds. All works are on sale, with something to suit every taste and pocket.

The Exhibition runs daily until the 30th September 2019 with admission included in the standard entry price.