Great British Sculpture Show proving a big attraction at Hatfield House

PUBLISHED: 15:32 15 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:32 15 June 2014

A sculpture of a peregrine falcon on display outside Hatfield House

A sculpture of a peregrine falcon on display outside Hatfield House

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The curators of The Great British Sculpture Show at Hatfield House have spoken of their delight at the huge early success of the event – which they hope to make a fixture in the UK’s art calendar.

One of the sculptures on display in the gardens of Hatfield HouseOne of the sculptures on display in the gardens of Hatfield House

Andrew Sinclair and Diane Coates say they are thrilled at the public enthusiasm for the show.

Attendances at Hatfield House have increased by 19 per cent compared to last year since the event opened on April 5.

Meanwhile, art lovers have begun to purchase some of the sculptures, which they will be able to take away once the show ends in September.

“We have 23 of the UK’s top figurative sculptors exhibiting more than 80 spectacular pieces of works, so we always knew we were onto a winner.

Joint curators of The Great British Sculpture Show Diane Coates and Andrew Sinclair with one of Diane's sculptures in the gardens of Hatfield HouseJoint curators of The Great British Sculpture Show Diane Coates and Andrew Sinclair with one of Diane's sculptures in the gardens of Hatfield House

“But even so, we are pleased and slightly surprised at the way it’s all taken off so quickly,” said Diane.

“The attendance figures have been excellent and people really seem to enjoy the exhibits.

“From a commercial point of view, we’re also very pleased to report that art enthusiasts are now beginning to buy the sculptures and there’s still ample opportunity over the summer for art lovers to add to their collections.”

And their joy at the success has been shared by Hatfield House, whose director of operations, Nick Moorhouse, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response from our visitors to The Great British Sculpture Show.

A sculpture of a giant spider on display in the gardens of Hatfield HouseA sculpture of a giant spider on display in the gardens of Hatfield House

“Word of mouth and social media have resulted in a 19 per cent increase in the numbers coming to Hatfield House, our gardens and, of course, the magnificent sculpture exhibition.”

With the school summer holidays approaching, he added: “I expect this number to increase further in the forthcoming weeks.”

With more than 80 sculptures on sale, and with prices ranging from £600 to £250,000, it is an opportunity to invest in some of the county’s best artistic talent.

Acclaimed artists Geoffrey Dashwood, David Goode, Tessa Campbell Fraser, Hamish Mackie and Etienne Millner, president of the Society of Portrait Sculptors, are amongst those exhibiting their work in the stately home’s gardens.

* To see more pictures of The Great British Sculpture Show, view the photo gallery here.

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