Showborough House (near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire) 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.
There will be sculptures by about 70 sculptors. All sculptures will be for sale and priced at under £4000, most being under £1000 and some under £100. Exhibitors only contribute minimal commission to cover the direct costs of the exhibition so prices are competitive and artists benefit. Most sculptors come from Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and surrounding counties but a few from much further away. The exhibition is designed to appeal to sculptors at the beginning of their careers, including students, although some well-established sculptors who price their work competitively do come.
Here are some photographs from this years show..
Wire Sculpture of sitting child holding copper bird - woven steel and copper wire. Photographed at the Showborough Affordable Arts Show by Devon artist Victoria Westaway
Close up of Wire Sculpture showing sitting child holding copper bird - woven from steel and copper wire. Photographed in the gardens of Showborough House near the village of Twyning, between Tewkesbury and Pershore
Willow Sculpture - Sphere Tower set in the wonderful Showborough Affordable Arts Show sculpture garden. Victoria was inspired to create this abstract sculpture to work against the bold backdrop of mature trees and hard landscaping.
Willow Sculpture - Spheres on Spikes provide spherical impact to herbaceous borders adding a dramatic effect through shape and scale. Photographed at Showborough House Sculpture Garden, Twyning, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Willow Sculpture - Spheres on Spikes close up by Devon Artist Victoria Westaway, photographed by Vik at Showborough House Sculpture Garden, Twyning, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Showborough lies in the Vale, between the Cotswolds and the Malverns. It is just outside the riverside village of Twyning, between Tewkesbury and Pershore, less than ten minutes drive from the A38, M5 or M50. For a small charge tea, coffee and cold drinks are available, as well as biscuits and sometimes cake. There are many places for lunch within a few miles.
This year the 2016 Affordable Garden Art Exhibition will be open as follows:
Thursday 28th April until Sunday 12th June, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, Opening hours 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Group visits can be arranged at other times. There is no entry charge but they do welcome donations.