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Sculpture in the Vineyard, Frilford

Oxfordshire’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, 23-25 May, 27-31 May & 3-7 June, at Bothy Vineyard
Over 200 sculptures by 35 artists, placed in 7 acres of the oldest vineyard/winery in the country

Where can you see a rotating 15 foot stainless steel yacht, a blue Neolithic
Egyptian goddess and a life sized horse gamboling among wildflowers in the
Oxfordshire countryside?


 

These unlikely companions will be unleashed in the grounds of Bothy Vineyard, Frilford Heath, as part of an ambitious sculpture show from 23 May to 7 June 2015. This event will form part of English Wine Week

Sculpture in the Vineyard will be Oxfordshire’s largest exhibition of its kind this year:

Over 200 outdoor sculptures, produced by 35 local and UK-wide artists, will be sited around the 7 acre grounds of the county’s oldest vineyard, drawing visitors through the vines, orchard and wildlife areas. These large sculptures depicting a wide a variety of subjects and styles will be on public view, variously made from glass, bronze, marble and stone, wiremesh and composites.

A further 50 indoor sculptures will be on show in the working winery so that visitors will be able to admire the artwork in between the fermentation tanks, barrels and press.

Planning has been in progress for months. It is spearheaded and coordinated by Lendon Scantlebury, a Wantage-based sculptor, art restorer and bon vivant. Lendon is an experienced event organizer, art curator and the driving force behind the very successful sculpture exhibition in Bothy in 2013 and at Ardington last year.

The exhibition is being organized in aid of the Nasio Trust, which is run by Nancy Hunt (winner of the 2014 Inspirational Women of the Year Award). This Abingdon-based charity links young people in the UK and Kenya, improving their lives by funding and arranging positive activities in both countries.

Bothy Vineyard is near Abingdon and only 6 miles from Oxford. Sian Liwicki of Bothy Vineyard said, “Our first exhibition was a dream come true and we are thrilled to host Sculpture in the Vineyard again. We are fortunate to have a lovely site which is just perfect for growing vines, but for these weeks it will be transformed by beautiful and innovative works of art. The public can taste our fabulous wines and leave with a greater appreciation of wine growing in England.”

Richard Liwicki, winemaker of Bothy Vineyard’s award winning wines, added, “I have been a supporter of the Nasio Trust for several years and this a perfect opportunity for us link three very different passions in our life – art, wine and making a difference to society.”

The education of young people is linked into the exhibition on another level: schools are being encouraged to visit with their art students, and there is an opportunity for one lucky, teenage artist to produce a sculpture from scratch under Lendon’s careful tutelage.

As if setting up a major exhibition is not enough, the student and Lendon will commit to working in Lendon’s own studio over the months to produce a sculpture which will be auctioned at the high profile launch of the exhibition.

Lendon Scantlebury said, “It will be an invaluable experience for the student to create a commercial piece of art, using materials of his choice. The student will work on it from concept through to completion and then follow it through to the setting up of a public event and launch. I will make sure that it is fun and challenging with plenty of opportunities to meet other artists and pick up a wide variety of skills”.

Sculpture in the Vineyard will be open between 11-6 on 23-25 May, 27-31 May and 3-7 June. Entry and parking are free. All sculptures are for sale. Wine and other refreshments will be available throughout the day.

 

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