Sculptor Victoria Westaway News Items
Exciting changes and challenges for 2016 - Victoria is moving her art practice to Devon taking over the former St John Ambulance Station in Cullompton and converting the property for use as an Art Studio, Workshop. The ambulance station was a former Fire Station serving the community and before that a Coach House serving the needs of the local surgeon Gustavus George Gidley and his household. The property was then known as Gidley Coach House and Stables. Together with the move Victoria's company is undergoing a rebrand and rename from Chapel Barns Limited to Coach House Arts Ltd, we will be posting news updates on the progress of the move during the next few months.
Devon artist Victoria Westaway is thrilled to once again work alongside the charity Momentum and Tale Valley Nursery on a spectacular willow sculpture called 'Family' to be exhibited in the Momentum Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Momentum children’s charity, based in Kingston upon Thames, is thrilled to have a dedicated Momentum Garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show running from 5 to 10 July 2016.
Gardens and outside spaces have always featured greatly in Momentum’s work, with the charity having designed and constructed hospital play areas, gardens and even a vegetable garden.
Back in November and December Victoria was commissioned by CMPS Consult to create a spectacle for the Mistletoe Festival which takes place in the Worcestershire town of Tenbury Wells. This annual festival celebrates the town's long and colourful history with the local apple orchards and mistletoe harvest.
Victoria was asked to create a Willow Mistletoe Queen and festive star standards with the pupils of St Michaels International School and Tenbury Wells High School.
Wire artist Victoria Westaway previewed her new wire abstract sculptures titled, 'Wire Fritillaria Forms' (see gallery below) during the Private View at the Newland Garden Summer Exhibition in Sherborne, Dorset. Victoria exhibited her Willow Sculptures and Wire Sculptures alongside the fabulous work of local artists, Plaxy Arthur, Richard Turner, Miranda Halsby & Julian Halsby.
Victoria was delighted to return to RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2015 with her latest commission 'Family' a series of figures for the Great Pavilion. The Sculptures formed part of Tale Valley Nursery stand. This gorgeous woodland garden setting received a Gold Medal and was admired by the RHS Judges who loved the story behind the design. This original garden celebrates the work of the Momentum Charity which supports children and the families of children undergoing treatment for cancer.
On warm Sunny October day Period Living Magazine came along to Victoria's workshop barn to create an article for their Feb 2015 Edition. The Artisan Feature is a regular article featuring an Artist or Crafts Person who works from a home studio. Victoria had a great day with Rachel Crow (editor) and Jeremy Phillips (photographer) who took over 650 photos of her weaving welding and walking!
The article is titled, The Way of the Weave - Complementing the natural environment in which they sit, the garden willow sculptures handcrafted by artist Victoria Westaway range from whimsical figures to abstract forms.