Avebury Manor Garden is transformed into an outdoor gallery

By Barrie Hudson - 17 September 2021

  • The Dancers, a work in bronze resin by Lilly Henry

    The Dancers, a work in bronze resin by Lilly Henry

The National Trust has once again turned the garden at Avebury Manor into a sculpture exhibition.

  • Volunteer Ellie Ross with bronze resin poppy seeds by Rosalind Read

    Volunteer Ellie Ross with bronze resin poppy seeds by Rosalind Read

There are around 70 unique pieces of art carefully placed among the flower beds and lawns.

A launch event was held where the artists, members of the local community and supporters from various National Trust Associations, volunteers and staff enjoyed a preview. The exhibition is now open to the public.

With only a short time frame in which to organise this year’s event, Diana Lage, Senior Visitor Experience Officer, gathered a wide range of artists together to adorn the garden with eye-catching pieces of art made from ceramics, glass, stone, wood and metal, all with the perfect backdrop of this colourful and tranquil garden.

She said: "After being unable to host the exhibition last year due to the pandemic, we’re absolutely delighted to be able to once again have the exhibition in the garden. We have 16 talented artists this year, exhibiting a wide range of subjects and skills. 

"The sculptures add an extra dimension to the garden experience with surprises around every corner."

With the busy summer holiday months now past, the exhibition is intended to bring a sense of calm and tranquillity back to Avebury, especially for those visitors who enjoy a more relaxed and quiet experience.

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

National Trust volunteers Anna Matthieson and Jane Blake, who attended the launch described the exhibition as a lovely experience which brought extra character to the garden.

The exhibition is open daily until Sunday, 10 October and is free with entry to the garden. Most of the artwork exhibited is also for sale.

More information can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury

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