Towering figures at this year's Sculpture in the Garden

Posted by pt91 at May 31, 2011 04:55 PM |
University of Leicester’s annual sculpture exhibition to run from 26 June to 30 October
Towering figures at this year's Sculpture in the Garden

Lion I by Lynn Chadwick, hosted at Sculpture in the Garden courtesy of Gallery Pangolin. Photo: Steve Russell

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 31 May 2011

Picture opps: Claudia Borgno (31 May – 3 June), and Lorna Green (10 June (pm) – 12 June) will be creating their art in the Garden on the days indicated and can be photographed and interviewed.  Please confirm their availability in advance with Stella Couloutbanis, Visual Arts Manager, Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, University of Leicester,  email sc352@le.ac.uk,  tel no  0116 223 1529, mobile 07854 777 432.

Two sculptures by one of the major iconic figures of 20th-century British sculpture are among the highlights of this year’s annual summer exhibition of sculpture in the idyllic surroundings of the University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden.

Two welded stainless steel sculptures completed in 1990 by Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) will be on show at ‘A Decade of Sculpture in the Garden’ at Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicester, from Sunday 26th June to 30th October. The exhibition is once again curated by the distinguished sculptor John Sydney Carter.

‘Lion I’ and ‘Sitting Couple on a Bench’ are typical of Chadwick’s spiky and angular figures of beasts and people, which have met with enormous popularity in the post-war world in Britain and internationally. Both sculptures are loaned by Pangolin’s Gallery.

Chadwick’s later work has been featured in Tate Britain and in Pangolin’s Gallery, King’s Place, London.   He rose to fame in the 1950s, first with two sculptures in the Great Exhibition of 1951, followed by an Honourable Mention for his entry in the ‘Unknown Political Prisoner’ International Sculpture Competition of 1953.   Three years later, as a sculptor of only six years standing, he won the principal prize in the Venice Biennale, surprising many by beating the well-known Italian sculptor Giacometti.   As a mature sculptor, in 1988 he was invited to exhibit at the Venice Biennale.

While Lynn Chadwick’s work forms a major attraction of ‘A Decade of Sculpture in the Garden’, the exhibition will also showcase work by international sculptors from Italy, France, the United States and Germany as well as members of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

It will include sculpture by Derek Howarth who worked with Henry Moore and introduced Moore to the medium of polystyrene, and John Mills who created the National Monument to the Women of World War II, by the Cenotaph in London, dedicated by Queen Elizabeth in 2005.

Also on loan from Pangolin’s Gallery, are Jon Buck, Steve Hurst, Terence Coventry and Ralph Brown. 

In addition the exhibition includes sculptures from such highly acclaimed artists as Almuth Tebbenhoff, Jacek Wankowski, Michael Lyons, Laurence Ambrose, Julia Vance and Inger Sannes.

Work by the curator, John Sydney Carter and the founding curator of the Leicester Sculpture in the Garden exhibitions, Helaine Blumenfeld, will also be on display.

John Sydney Carter commented:  “It looks as though the gimmickry of ‘conceptual’ art is giving way to the art of the object, once again, and ‘A Decade of Sculpture in the Garden’ certainly reflects this trend.   It’s a great privilege to bring so many distinguished and inspirational sculptors to this exhibition in Leicester, which has grown in popularity so immensely over the ten years it has been running.”  

 

A Decade of Sculpture in the Garden will run from Sunday 26th June until Sunday 30th October 2011.

Normal Botanic Garden opening times are 10am-4pm Monday-Friday all year (except for the Christmas-New Year period) and on Saturday and Sunday from the third weekend in March to the second weekend in November.   Admission is normally free except for special Open Days.    The entrance to the Garden is in Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicester.

Click here to view more details on the University Newsblog.

Notes to Editors:  Interview and photo opportunities are as follows:

Sculptors may be available for interview at the opening of the exhibition, ‘A Decade of Sculpture in the Garden’.   Please check details with Stella Couloutbanis, Visual Arts Manager, Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, University of Leicester,  email sc352@le.ac.uk,  tel no  0116 223 1529, mobile 07854 777 432.

Claudia Borgno (31 May – 3 June), and Lorna Green (10 June (pm) – 12 June) will be creating their art in the Garden on the days indicated and can be photographed and interviewed.  Please confirm their availability in advance with Stella Couloutbanis, Visual Arts Manager, Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, University of Leicester,  email sc352@le.ac.uk,  tel no  0116 223 1529, mobile 07854 777 432.

The University’s Botanic Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the region. Established on its present site in Oadby in 1947. It comprises the grounds of four early 20th century houses now used as student residences.

The four once-separate gardens have been merged into 16 acres of cultivated grounds and greenhouses, displaying formal planting around a restored Edwardian garden, an arboretum, a herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden, the National Collections of Skimmia, Aubrieta, hardy Fuchsia and Lawson's Cypress, and a series of glasshouses displaying temperate and tropical plants, alpines and succulents.

Further details are available from: Stella Couloutbanis, Visual Arts Manager, Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, University of Leicester,  email sc352@le.ac.uk,  tel no  0116 223 1529, mobile 07854 777 432

Pictures are available, click here for previews, contact pt91@le.ac.uk to request jpegs.

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