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By Alan Davies
Friday, April 4, 2014
Dozens of stunning huge sculptures go on display in the gardens of Hatfield House this weekend – and here’s a sneak preview of the exhibits.
The Great British Sculpture Show opens to the public tomorrow (Saturday), after a private viewing yesterday (Thursday), and will run at the Hertfordshire stately home until September 30.
The six-month event has been conceived and curated by award-winning artist Andrew Sinclair, one of the foremost figurative and surrealist sculptors in the UK today, and his partner, artist Diane Coates.
The exhibition features their work and that of more than 20 other prominent sculptors.
These include acclaimed artists Tessa Campbell Fraser, Geoffrey Dashwood, David Goode, David Harber Hamish Mackie and Etienne Millner, president of the Society of Portrait Sculptors.
Art lovers and buyers alike will be able to wander among the bronze, wood and stone sculptures set against the formal topiary of the famous gardens and enchanting woodland at Hatfield House.
Mr Sinclair, who also teaches at a sculpture school in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, said: “We are looking forward to bringing together the largest number of top-class figurative sculptors simultaneously in one place, outside of the USA, quite possibly for the first time.
“With an emphasis on skill and craftsmanship, we are creating a show that we hope will be a leader of this genre in England, capturing the imagination of the public and art collectors alike.”
Sculptures will be on display from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday during the exhibition at no extra charge beyond normal garden admission.
Visit www.hatfieldhouse.co.uk for more details.
* To see more pictures of The Great British Sculpture Show, view the photo gallery top right.