University of Leicester exhibition to showcase “changes of heart” in sculpture

Posted by er134 at May 21, 2013 11:43 AM |
The University of Leicester’s Sculpture In The Garden exhibition will run from June 30 to October 27

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 21 May 2013

The University of Leicester’s twelfth annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition will return with a range of powerful, large-scale pieces this summer.

“A Change of Heart” will showcase a dynamic range of sculptures at the University of Leicester’s Harold Martin Botanic Garden, Oadby, from June 30 to October 27 - with an official launch event on Saturday, June 29.

It will feature work by 20 artists, including David Worthington, former Vice-President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Marigold Hodgkinson and William Pye.

The show has been curated by Almuth Tebbenhoff, who also curated last year’s exhibition, “Interesting Times”.

Almuth 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' resides in the David Wilson University Library.

Almuth said: “Take a beautiful garden. Then place in it a series of sculptures – some of them, light-hearted and witty; others, challenging and dark.  Site the pieces carefully so they generate a momentum; a dynamism that's emblematic of changes in concepts and new ways of handling material.

“That was my approach to this exhibition. And I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed working with the artists and setting it up. Welcome to `A Change of Heart'.

“Life is defined by constant change - when we can accept and welcome that fact with all the uncertainty and insecurity which that implies we have a chance to be free.”

Located in Oadby, three miles south-east of Leicester city centre, the University’s diverse botanical garden has been used for scientific research and education since it was established in 1947. The unique 16-acre site houses an arboretum, herb garden, water garden, and a series of glasshouses.

The event attracts around 30,000 people every year, and has hosted over 380 sculptures since its inception.

A press preview will be held on Saturday, June 29 from 12.30pm to 3.00pm.

“A Change of Heart” will be open to the public from Sunday, June 30, which is the date of the Botanic Garden’s Plant Sale & Family Day. This features specialist plant nurseries, arts & crafts stalls, live music, children’s activities, wildlife stalls and refreshments. This year’s event has an ecology theme to mark the centenary of the British Ecological Society and many stalls will offer activities for all ages around this theme for you to join in. 11am-5pm, admission £4, children free.

The last day of the sculpture exhibition is Sunday, October 27.

The visitor entrance is on Glebe Road, LE2 2LD. The garden is open seven days a week, 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entry is free, except on special event days. The paths are suitable for wheelchairs and there are disabled toilets.


Notes to editors:

Sculptors may be available for interview at the press preview. Please check details with Stella Couloutbanis, Visual Arts Manager, Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, University of Leicester, email, Tel: 0116 223 1529,

For further details:

Contact Stella Couloutbanis, email, Tel:  0116 223 1529, and from the botanical garden at

Contact Almuth Tebbenhoff on, or,

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