CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE FULMER
Re-opening 18 May 2019
A CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE GARDEN IN FULMER, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.
This year's exhibition includes sculptures by: Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Bask, Claire Baily, James Balmforth, Clare Burnett, James Capper, Cedric Christie, Adeline De Monseignat, Heywood & Condie, Alex Hoda, Evy Jokhova, Amanda Moström, Will Nash, Almuth Tebbenhoff, Sam Shendi, Amy Stephens, Jack West, Julian Wild and David Worthington.
WELCOME TO THE SECOND YEAR OF CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE FULMER
Now in our second year we return with a line up of artists which surveys the breadth of contemporary sculptural practice. From emerging talents who are redefining sculpture’s very definition and driving it forward, to established artists who are leading by example by continuing to innovate and experiment with every new work. We have installed 22 artworks along a route that takes you through the gardens, from woodland to parkland to water-garden and open lawn. Each sculpture has been selected to complement or contrast with its surroundings, and as a collection to tell the story of contemporary sculpture in 2018.
This year the exhibition continued to evolve throughout the course of the summer. In June, we launched two special projects. The first is a partnership with our friends at the Royal Society of Sculptors; we are delighted that we were able to host the Spotlight Award at Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer for the first time. This year’s winner, Marco Miehling, has creating a solo presentation in a cleared area of woodland. Launched at the same time was the first Fulmer Gardens Commission, The Potting Shed by Collective Matter, a new multifunction installation artwork structure in the woodland which will be used for artist projects as well as an educational and peer support program, artist talks and other events. This is the first step in our planned continuing development of artist support infrastructure at Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer.
We hope that you enjoyed your visit to Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
George Marsh and Laura Mingozzi-Marsh
Any day by prior appointment and for special events (to be announced)
Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer is set among 13 acres of beautiful private gardens in the Buckinghamshire village of Fulmer, just outside of West London. The gardens were originally laid out between 1890 and 1925 by Sir Harry Legge, a personal aide-de-camp to both Queen Victoria and King Edward VII. During this period the gardens were often visited by members of the Royal Family – including Queen Victoria herself – who would ‘plant’ rare or exotic sample trees in the gardens to mark their visits. Many of these can still be found in the now mature gardens. The current owners took over the gardens in 1990 and began a process of discovery, uncovering forgotten ponds and water gardens and clearing back the most overgrown areas of woodland to reveal their former glory.
William Benington Gallery is excited to be a part of the the next chapter in the history of these exceptional gardens by curating an annual exhibition of contemporary sculpture throughout them. From narrow paths that wind their way through verdant woodland, to lush lawns that roll down towards the house, we are offered a bounty of different locations to site sculpture that will highlight the quality and individual character of the works.
For the inaugural exhibition we selected a diverse and vibrant group of artists working in a broad range of media. Each sculptor is exploring the idea of sculpture within their own practice, and bringing to it a new approach that acknowledges the history of the discipline while driving it forward into new territories. Several of the artists made work in response to the gardens or made site-specific installations.
2017 artists included:
James Balmforth, Clare Burnett, James Capper, Luke Hart, Heywood & Condie, Alex Hoda, Nick Hornby, Adeline de Monseignat, David Murphy, Will Nash, Nika Neelova, Nathaniel Rackowe, Amy Stephens, Julian Wild
More artists, visitor events and further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
We look forward to welcoming you to Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer this summer.
SCULPTURAL AT COOMBE TRENCHARD, DEVON
SCULPTURAL ran for a three years in the picturesque Arts & Crafts setting of Coombe Trenchard in West Devon between 2012 and 2015.
Exhibited artists included: Peter Randall-Page, Nigel Hall, Julian Wild, Alex Hoda, David Worthington, Will Nash, Peter Brooke-Ball, Alison Crowther, Patricia Volk, Ekkehard Altenburger, Owen Bullett, William Peers, Walter Bailey, Paul Vanstone, Jay Battle and more.