Despite the mild winter season we will look forward to longer days, balmy evenings and with Summer around the corner our thoughts are turning to our gardens. With this in mind Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge opens its annual garden sculpture exhibition ‘Shadows on the Grass’, showing the work of talented British designer/makers in a variety of media.
Opening on Saturday April 30 2022 the exhibition will run throughout the year.
We have worked with sculptor Helen Sinclair since we opened the gallery in 1989 and she is still a firm favourite. Helen makes semi-figurative sculpture, cast into either resin or bronze from originals which she makes in plaster, clay, wax, cardboard, wood.
The materials she works with are as stimulating to her as the subject matter.
Helen lives by the sea and collects driftwood, broken furniture, discarded plastic debris and other beach-found ‘stuff’, all of which regularly introduce a new and unexpected vocabulary to explore.
New to the gallery is sculptor Caro Burberry who creates bronze resin sculptures suitable for the garden and interior.
Her work is about intimate relationship with nature and landscape; It explores a sense of joined destiny and belonging between humans and the rest of the natural world.
A lifelong artist with a strong background in printmaking and drawing, she received a classical training at The Frink School of Figurative Sculpture, where her mentors included Alan Thornhill and Peter Randall-Page RA.
Also showing is sculptor Andrew Roache, retired veterinary surgeon, who has a keen eye to animal anatomy. Most of his work is intended for outdoor display so is life-size or larger. He favours iron resin because it lends itself well to animal subjects and each cast matures in an interesting and individual way.
Several artist blacksmiths will be showing a collection of their latest work in forged iron and stainless steel, including Neil Lossock, John Twiddy, Jenny Pickford and Sally Gaston where the visitor will discover cardoons, poppies, ferns, wild flowers as well as practical garden pieces, including a bird bath and plant supports. Some will be galvanised to protect them from the weather and others will feature hand blown glass.
Each piece of garden sculpture is designed to give hours of pleasure to enhance time spent in the garden. All available online at oldchapelgallery.co.uk
The gallery is open from Wednesday to Saturday 11 – 4.30pm and Sunday 12 – 4pm Other times by appointment. Closed on Tuesdays. For more information or to join the mailing list go to www.oldchapelgallery.co.uk or ring 01544 388842