Sculptures amongst the stones as Avebury gets arty

By Jamie Hill - 6 September 2019

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Throughout the early autumn Avebury Manor Garden once again becomes an art gallery, with over 80 sculptures to be found at every turn.

  • ‘Divided Thoughts’ by Dominic Clare ©National Trust / Abby George

    ‘Divided Thoughts’ by Dominic Clare ©National Trust / Abby George

If you take a wander down Lion Walk you’ll encounter marble sculptures nestled in the borders, wander through the Orchard and you’ll see a trio of hares playing in the grass – at every turn you’ll find something thought-provoking, delightful or amusing – and all with the perfect backdrop of this beautiful and tranquil garden.

Hazel Barry-Scott, Senior Visitor Experience Officer, and organiser, said Now in its fourth year, this exhibition has become a well-established feature in the Avebury calendar.  We’ve a wide range of artists; some have exhibited here before while for others it’s their first time - which brings an eclectic mix to the display.  It’s one of our team’s most looked-forward-to events of the year and it’s so wonderful to bring a different dimension to the garden. Every year a certain sculpture will make me look at the garden in a new way which never fails to delight.’

With the busy summer holiday months now past the exhibition brings a sense of calm and tranquillity back to Avebury especially for those visitors who enjoy a relaxed and cultured experience.

Simon Brooks, Head Gardener, says The exhibition is something that complements the garden perfectly, reminiscent of time past when the garden would have been adorned with statues and sculptures.’

On Friday 6 September, some of the twenty-four artists who are exhibiting here, along with members of staff and the local community, will gather together to celebrate the official launch of an inspirational sculpture exhibition in the garden of National Trust’s Avebury Manor.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 7 September until Sunday 13 October, 11am-5pm and is free with entry to the garden.

If you would like to come along and see for yourself you can find out more at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury.

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