Stunning Sculpture at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m becoming a bit of a sculpture addict, so I am always excited when I hear word of a new sculpture exhibition. But I think I’m also becoming a bit of a sculpture snob. I do like to be able to enjoy a piece of art in surroundings that are both calm, serene and fitting, otherwise, you don’t really get a chance to absorb and reflect on what the work is about. This is one of the reasons that I was super delighted and more than a little intrigued to stumble across some new sculptures in the grounds of Leonardslee Gardens recently. It felt like the perfect setting with plenty of space to just enjoy what are some very tactile and thought-provoking sculptures. And now there’s more good news for lovers of form.

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The Surrey Sculpture Society comes to Sussex 

The Surrey Sculpture Society is launching their summer exhibition at the Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens.  The society has exhibited at many renowned venues in the last 25 years but this will be the first time that it’s staged a major exhibition at Leonardslee.

The event opens on 30th July and runs until 5th September, with the sculpture trail nestled in the 240 acres of the Leonardslee estate.  Seven lakes, parkland, and woodland created by Sir Edmond Loder, the great Victorian plant hunter and previous owner of Leonardslee make up the grounds.

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There will be over 80 diverse sculptures strategically located within the grounds, created by both established and emerging artists. The sculptures will be in a wide range of materials including bronze, resin, glass, metal, wood, stone, ceramic, and found objects.

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Celestial Vessel by SSS member Teresa Martin

Surrey Sculpture Society’s Chair Nick Baker commented:

“Leonardslee has embraced outdoor sculpture on a grand scale and invited the SSS to devise a trail that not only shows off the art, but also complements the many beautiful areas of this fantastic venue. We will have dedicated stewards on hand to answer any questions regarding the sculptures and all pieces will be available for purchase should visitors fall in love with one or two!”

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Poppy Seed Heads by SSS member Karen Pearson

Leonardslee Estate Manager Adam Streeter commented: “We are delighted to welcome the Surrey Sculpture Society to Leonardslee, which is gaining a reputation as a major arts venue in the South of England, especially as a venue for outdoor sculptures.”

And SSS Leonardslee Exhibition Manager, Abby Martin added: “Our exhibiting artists are all looking forward to seeing visitors immersed in the beautiful surroundings and wildlife at Leonardslee Gardens as they follow our sculpture trail. Maybe meeting up with friends and family for an overdue catch-up, able to appreciate human company again, as expressed by many of our sculptures including Seamus Cuddihy’s “Side by Side” and Marion Ironmonger’s “Yakop-(Embrace).” 

New audio tour 

As an additional feature, visitors to the Surrey Sculpture Society’s exhibition at Leonardslee Gardens will also be able to enjoy an audio tour of the sculpture trail, which will allow them to hear what the artists have to say about their work as they walk around the exhibition.  Partnering with Marty Lowell of Listening Gardens, the audio tour will be accessible via the Listening Gardens App which is free to download for both Apple and Android users.  Just download the app or scan the QR Code attached to listen to the audio trail at  https://listeninggardens.stqry.app/.

Admission to the Surrey Sculpture Society’s Sculpture Trail is included in the entrance to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens at Horsham RH13 6PR. Opening times: 9am – 5pm (last entry 3.30pm)

For details of entrance fees and visitor information: visit: www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk

For information on Surrey Sculpture Society visit  www.surreysculpture.org.uk 

 

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