Borde Hillâ€™s 17th annual Sculpture Exhibition will transform the historic garden into an outdoor gallery alive with figurative and abstract works in bronze, resin, stone, metalwork, stained glass and ceramics. It will include a stunning installation called Aquapoise, by international sculptor Angela Conner, in the formal lily pool in the Italian Garden.
The sculptures will be strategically placed throughout the garden with the Elizabethan house as a backdrop, enticing visitors to wander and appreciate an extraordinary mix of art whilst exploring the renowned plant collection that has put Borde Hill Garden on the map.
A notable celebration of art and sculpture, the exhibition showcases works by both established and up-and-coming artists. It offers a unique art experience set within what Country Life has described as â€˜One of the countryâ€™s truly great gardensâ€™.
Angela Conner says she was delighted to be commissioned to make a water sculpture for Borde Hill Garden.
â€˜Aquapoise visibly and clearly demonstrates balance,â€™ she says. â€˜For me, this is reflected again and again in the balance of nature, which surrounds you when you walk through the garden. My work is always about using natural forces – in this case the collection and discharge of water – and the force of gravity. I always want the movement of my sculpture to be easily understood by anybody who views it, rather than using some complicated, computerised mechanics.â€™
Borde Hill Garden will continue the tradition of providing great family days out by once again producing the popular and engaging Kidsâ€™ Sculpture Exhibition Quiz.
The 2016 Sculpture Exhibition at Borde Hill Garden, kindly sponsored for a second year by 1st Central Insurance, will open by Baroness Wheatcroft on the 28th April in the presence of selected guests and local Sussex dignitaries.
Andy James, UK CEO of 1ST CENTRAL says: â€˜Weâ€™re extremely privileged to have such a beautiful garden, steeped in history, here in Haywards Heath. As a local employer, weâ€™re delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue our support of the Sculpture Exhibition, which celebrates the work of both new and established artists from the immediate area and beyond.â€™
The Stephenson Clarke family, who have lived at Borde Hill for four generations, say: â€˜We are delighted to continue this successful annual cultural event with the 17th Sculpture Exhibition. We hope that new and exciting artworks will entice and delight our visitors.â€™
The Sculpture Exhibition runs from 1st May to 30th September 2016, with admission included in the standard entry price. For more information visit www.bordehill.co.uk.
All works in the exhibition are available for sale.
Borde Hill Garden is English Heritage Listed Grade II*, set in 200 acres of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with spectacular vistas across the Ouse Valley Viaduct.
CafÃ© Elvira beckons with hearty breakfasts, morning coffee, delicious home cooked lunches and Sussex cream teas at Little Ritz Vintage Tea in the garden. For a special treat, visitors can dine at award-winning restaurant Jeremyâ€™s. The Green Tree Gallery offers a beautiful and contemporary selection of affordable arts and crafts.
Borde Hill Garden, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex opens to the public 10am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to 6pm at weekends (or dusk if earlier):
· Daily from 19th March â€“ 2nd October 2016
· Halloween Week 22nd October â€“ 30th October 2016
Entry to Borde Hill Garden, (which includes any activities and the adventure playground), is just £8.20 per adult, £7.80 concession and £5.50 per child. A Family Day Ticket is £23.00 or £26.50. To gain the most from this Great Sussex Garden all year round, become a Friend of Borde Hill Garden.
Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP
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