Herefordshire artist Victoria Westaway art events 2015 - Showborough House Affordable Art Show, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Newland Gallery Summer Exhibition, Wyndcliffe Court Summer Sculpture Show, h.Art Herefordshire Arts Week, Picton Garden Sculpture Exhibition. Click titles for more details..
This years h.Art week was a tremendous success with visitors travelling from as far as the USA. Victoria Westaway created a new series of Willow Peacocks as well as Owls and figures which proved popular alongside abstract works in steel wire and copper. Nestled amongst the sedums stood Victoria's willow spheres on spike which added beautiful structure to the borders of the wild garden.
hArt offers a chance for visitors to see Herefordshire artists in action and once again Victoria was delighted to demonstrate her skills over the course of the week. Not only did Victoria show others how she works, she also inspired many keen art lovers to take part and have a go.
Victoria has been invited back to display her willow and wire sculptures amongst the Plant Heritage National Collection of Autumn Flowering Asters in Colwall, Herefordshire. The garden is open from August until mid October including many days for the National Gardens Scheme. Please check with Picton Garden or the NGS Yellow Book opening dates and times. The garden has been featured in many magazines and newspapers and has been on several television programmes.
Victoria always looks forward to showing her work at Picton Garden a horticultural delight that is only 5 mins from her arts studio. Helen Picton first invited Victoria to show her willow sculptures back in 2013 when Vik created The Michaelmas Fairy (see slides below) that has now become a permanent sculpture within the garden.
Victoria was thrilled when asked to exhibit her Willow Sculptures at the "Elegance and Form Sculpture Show" at Wyndcliffe Court (near Chepstow, Monmouthshire) this year, Friday 26th June - Sunday 27th September.
The gardens at Wyndcliffe Court are certainly worth a visit in their own right. However, they also make a wonderful setting for the two "Elegance and Form” garden sculpture shows. Last year saw Wyndcliffe open for the second year, for three consecutive shows, each of 6-7 weeks and each with new pieces on display. After the success of the past 2 years, 2015 is set to be even better, with favourites returning to exhibit from 2013/14 as well as welcoming a host of brand new artists to exhibit.
Showborough House (near Tewkesbury, Gloustershire) opens its garden every spring to host the Affordable Garden Art Competition and Exhibition. This year willow and wire sculptor Victoria Westaway will return and be exhibiting her latest willow sculptures. A wide variety of good but affordable sculpture, mostly by local sculptors, can be seen in the natural setting of the one and a half acre garden, which has been renovated over the last ten years.
There are works in different sizes, styles and media, including wood, metal, stone, glass, ceramic and resin by both local and emerging artists.
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 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.
The sculptures represent a family enjoying a beautiful woodland walk and capturing sight of a willow owl (the charities icon) high on a branch. These sculptures stood amongst trees and shade tolerant plants from the award winning Tale Valley Nursery whose RHS Chelsea Flower Show stand has proven yet again to delight and inspire.
The show is run by two artists, Miranda Halsby RBA, printmaker and member of the Royal Society of British Artists, and her husband Julian Halsby RBA, a painter of landscapes and figures in oils and also a member of the Royal Society of British Artists.Julian Halsby also works as an art historian and critic, writing regularly for ‘The Artist’ magazine.