Wood works by young prodigies join giants of the art world

Posted by er134 at Sep 11, 2013 10:20 AM |
More sculptures arrive at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 September 2013

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An additional exhibition of sculptures has opened at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden all made by local 11-18 year olds.

The new selection of sculptures joins work by 20 renowned artists currently exhibited at the University’s Sculpture in the Garden exhibition, entitled ‘A Change of Heart’.

The young people worked with Soft Touch Artists to create a variety of works from wood at the Attenborough Arboretum before installing them at the Botanic Garden. Altogether, sixteen pieces are on display in the woodland area at the southern end of the Botanic Garden near the London Road.

Soft Touch Arts is a Leicester based charity that uses arts, media and music activities to inspire and engage young people and help them to develop creative, social and employability skills. Their inclusive way of working helps young people who lack opportunities or have challenges in their lives to participate in positive creative activities.

“For the young people we worked with on the project, having the Attenborough Arboretum as a workspace was a great experience. The motivation of having the Botanic Garden as an exhibition space meant they aimed even higher with the quality of their work. It is great for our young people to exhibit alongside professional artists.” Said Vince Attwood, Soft Touch Art’s Director.

The exhibition is one of the outcomes of a £10,000 award to the Botanic Garden by the Arts Council to promote the engagement of the Garden with the wider community.

“We are delighted to host the Soft Touch Sculpture at the Botanic Garden and are sure that the public will enjoy seeing their work displayed in the lovely woodland setting of the garden,” said Dr. Richard Gornall, Director of the Botanic Garden.

‘A Change of Heart’ showcases a dynamic range of sculptures at the University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden, Oadby, over the summer.

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

The exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday, 27 October.

The visitor entrance is on Glebe Road, LE2 2LD. The garden is open seven days a week, 10.00am to 5.00pm. Entry is free, except on special event days. The paths are suitable for wheelchairs and there are disabled toilets.

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For more information please contact Ruth Godfrey at botanicgarden@le.ac.uk

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