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Wednesday, 09 May 2012 15:35

Sculptural previews at Devon Garden Festival

A major new element of the Arts & Crafts Garden Festival at Coombe Trenchard, Devon on the 1st and 2nd June, is announced today with news that renowned sculptor Peter Randall-Page will be leading a new, exclusive, preview of Sculptural, a ground breaking new sculptural art event to be held at the Estate, opening fully for seven weeks from 15th June.

Sculptural is a celebration of new British sculptural art forms and unique pieces of garden furniture and design. The event will feature pieces such as ‘Mother Tongue’ by Peter Randall-Page, whose work is represented across the world, including permanent collections at The British Museum and the Tate in London

The Sculptural preview will take place alongside the Garden Festivals very own ‘art in the Garden’ exhibition. The Festival’s exhibition will be welcoming renowned artists such as Philip Simmonds (Sculptural Ceramics) and acclaimed glass artist, Bianca Divito. Both artists will have recently displayed their work for national acclaim at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show the week before.

Curated by the William Benington Gallery, the Sculptural preview will enable Festival guests to experience an exciting and challenging mix of work, from up and coming artists such as Patrick Woof, through to more established sculptors and makers. These diverse outdoor installations will provide the perfect backdrop for the 2012 Arts & Crafts Garden Festival at Coombe Trenchard, situated at Lewdown near Okehampton. In addition to the Sculptural preview, the Festival will host expert garden speakers, including TV gardener and columnist Alys Fowler and an inspiring and eclectic range of British designers, makers and plant sellers.

Artists exhibiting at the Coombe Trenchard Garden Festival are:

Sculptural – preview artists include:

Peter Randall-Page
Jonathan Stockton
Eva Masterman
Paul Anderson
Paul Vanstone 
Patrick Woof

A selection of smaller works from William Benington Gallery will be featured in the Bothy Gallery at Coombe Trenchard

Garden Festival artists include:

Bianca Divito
Philip Simmonds
Edward Netley
Peter Boex
Sean Hellman

Curator of Sculptural, George Marsh from William Benington Gallery: “The Sculptural preview at the Arts & Crafts Garden Festival at Coombe Trenchard will be an opportunity for guests visiting the Festival to experience a range of outdoor art and sculptural styles which will challenge thinking and perceptions. With a host of internationally recognised artists on show, this will be a preview of a forward thinking, highly curated exhibition in an exceptional environment.”

Peter Randall-Page, British sculptor and visual artist: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to show my work in the magnificent setting of Coombe Trenchard.  Mother Tongue" is carved from Kilkenny limestone, the title refers to our sense of touch, the first sensual contact with our mother's body, our primary communication, our 'mother tongue'.”

Sculptural will run for 7 weeks from 15th June. Open from 11am to 5pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week. Entrance £5. Details of all exhibitors are available on the William Benington Gallery's website: www.williambeningtongallery.co.uk


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