Outdoor art: summer show unveiled

Posted by pt91 at Jun 29, 2012 12:11 PM |
University of Leicester’s sculpture exhibition to open on July 1

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 29 June 2012

Photo opportunity: A press preview featuring talks from the University of Leicester's Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess, the show's curator Almuth Tebbenhoff and some of the sculptors will be held at Beaumont Hall, Stoughton Drive South, Oadby from 12 noon to 1pm on Saturday, June 30. The launch starts at 12.30pm.

A host of thought provoking and surprising works of art will be on show at the opening of the University of Leicester’s annual outdoor sculpture exhibition this weekend.

The annual Sculpture In The Garden event will open on Sunday, July 1, at the University’s Harold Martin Botanic Garden on Stoughton Drive South, Oadby.

This year’s show, entitled “Interesting Times”, will feature a variety of large-scale sculptures curated by award winning artist Almuth Tebbenhoff.

A sinister garden shed, a larger than life-sized ‘Floating Man’, and granite bulbs that emerge out of the ground like upended mines will all feature in the show. There will. also be a huge steel wedge which appears to have hurtled from space onto the lawn in the botanical garden and a flock of brazen pigeons populating the pergolas, all waiting to be discovered.

A number of celebrated artists will exhibit their work, including Nick Turvey, David Worthington, Sean Henry, Ann Christopher, Katherine Gili, and Eilis O'Connell.

Almuth herself is an elected Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. She has exhibited her work at two of Leicester’s previous Sculpture in the Garden exhibitions – first in 2005 and again in 2007 – and her suspended steel sculpture 'Flying Colours' floats permanently above the foyer of the David Wilson University Library.

She said: “It will be fantastic to open the exhibition. There are some really big, exciting pieces - including large sculptures made by women, which is still unusual. The show has a lovely balance of work."

The exhibition will run from July 1 to October 28. Except on special open days, entrance is free, and the garden is open from 10am-4pm from Monday-Sunday for the duration of the exhibition.

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For further details, please contact Stella Couloutbanis, email sc352@le.ac.uk, Tel:  0116 223 1529, mobile 07854 777 432, and from the botanical garden at botanicgarden@le.ac.uk

Alternatively, please contact curator Almuth Tebbenhoff at almuth@tebbenhoff.org or on 020 8870 9708.

Pictures are available. Email pt91@le.ac.uk to request jpegs.

About the artists

The sculptor Almuth Tebbenhoff is curating the University of Leicester’s Sculpture in the Garden exhibition for the first time in its 11-year history. Born in Germany, Tebbenhoff trained at the Sir John Cass School of Art in London from 1972-75 and has remain based in the UK ever since, clocking up 35 years’ experience as a sculptor, art teacher and visiting lecturer. Tebbenhoff is an elected Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, and has exhibited all over the world. In 2003, she was shortlisted for the Battle of Britain Memorial in Central London, and in 2009 she was commissioned to produce a sculpture for the BFI London Film Festival awards.

Eighteen artists have been carefully selected to show their work in the ‘Interesting Times’ exhibition. The following brief biographies profile a selection of them:

William Tucker studied sculpture at Central Saint Martins under Sir Anthony Caro. In 2010, he received the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award.

Eilis O'Connell, lives and works in Ireland. She is a member of the artists’ affiliation, Aosdana, and of the Royal Hibernian Academy.

David Worthington is the Past Vice-President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He was shortlisted for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize in 2009.

Sean Henry has exhibited all over the world, including recent solo exhibitions at Salisbury Cathedral, the Forum Gallery in New York, and the Gallerie Andersson Sandstrom, Stockholm.

Ann Christopher is a multi award-winning sculptor who is both a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and an elected Member of the Royal Academy.

Mary Bourne, lives in the North East of Scotland. She has won numerous awards, and exhibited in both solo and group shows, principally throughout Scotland.

Brigitte Jurack is a practicing sculptor and lecturer who has taught at a number of UK universities. She is currently senior lecturer in sculpture at Manchester Metropolitan. Jurack was selected for one of eight International Artist Residencies at the Irish Museum of Modern Art during 2010.

Halima Cassell was born in Pakistan and raised in Manchester. She has exhibited at the V&A and the Jerwood Foundation in London. In 2011, she won the Brian Mercer Stone Carving residency in Pietrasanta, Italy and was elected to the Fellowship for the CPA.

Katherine Gili has had solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery in London, at the Salander O’Reilly Gallery in New York, and numerous mixed shows, including those at the Hayward, The Tate and the Royal Academy in London.

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