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.
Each year we select 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.
THIS YEARS open days
Open by prior appointment, special events and the following public open days 11am - 4pm:
MID-SUMMER OPENING: Saturday 6 July: Spotlight Award & The Potting Shed previews 2.30pm - 4.30pm, An evening in the gardens 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Sunday 21 July
Sunday 15 September
GETTING TO US
Rail: The closest station, Gerrards Cross, is 25 minutes from London Marylebone and is a short cab ride from Fulmer.
Driving: Fulmer is just a 20-30 minute drive west of London, and there is some parking on site and unrestricted street parking along Fulmer Common Road.
Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer
Fulmer Common Road
(Entrance opposite Fulmer Cricket Club)