Friday 29 April saw people turn out in their droves, despite the April showers to get a first look at the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden exhibition. The event is currently the largest temporary sculpture exhibition in Surrey and this year has attracted over 200 established and up-and-coming sculptors from across the UK, all keen to showcase their work. Taking place in the stunning 48 acre Birtley Estate, the event offers the chance to enjoy sculpture displayed in a relaxed and informal setting.
The exhibition was officially opened by the Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Mike Band in one of his last engagements as his Mayoral year draws to a close, he comments;
“I’m delighted to be opening the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden exhibition. I encourage you to come and take a look at some truly remarkable works in the most beautiful Surrey Hills setting. I’m also delighted that the exhibition helps to support one of my chosen charities, The Surrey Hills Trust Fund. The Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, provides grants that help support community and conservation projects that benefit the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.
Curating the exhibition is Ruth Wheeler an established artist who has been working in the Surrey community for more than 20 years. Ruth has been Project Co-ordinator for many large Public Art Projects and has worked closely with Surrey Arts and the Birtley Estate for the last 10 years. Ruth has selected a fantastic and diverse range of sculptors this year including, Lynda Hukins with her insatiable love of animals her sculptures depict local wildlife perfectly. Also showcasing her work is Theresa Martin who innovatively uses rubber moulds to produce exciting and original work and for those who love the natural form you won’t be disappointed with Brian Roscoe’s truly stunning wooden sculptures.
Carrie White, Events Manager for Surrey Hills Enterprises, a Community Interest Company (CIC) who have organised the exhibition comments;
“The Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden exhibition offers something for everyone and we encourage families to come and enjoy a different day out in the Surrey Hills. A great opportunity to explore the Birtley Estate and view some truly beautiful pieces of art.”
There will also be the opportunity to view some of the CowParade Surrey cow sculptures which will be on display during the event. CowParade is the world’s largest public art event which comes to Surrey this summer.
The exhibition runs from 30 April to 5 June and is open daily from 11am – 5pm with free parking. Entrance is just £5 for adults (under 16s are free of charge), the price includes a catalogue and unlimited re-entry to the exhibition. The Birtley Estate is situated just 5 miles south of Guildford on the A281. Refreshments are available throughout the exhibition in the on-site marquee.
All sculpture is for sale and proceeds from commissions go to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund; this fund in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey supports local community projects and enterprise schemes that benefit and enhance the Surrey Hills landscape.
The Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden is kindly sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys, Investec Wealth & Investment and Wilkins Kennedy Accountants and Business Advisors.
For further information on the event visit www.surreyhillssculpturegarden.co.uk