Showborough House (near Tewkesbury, Gloustershire) opens its garden every spring to host the Affordable Garden Art Competition and Exhibition. This year willow and wire sculptor Victoria Westaway will return and be exhibiting her latest willow sculptures. A wide variety of good but affordable sculpture, mostly by local sculptors, can be seen in the natural setting of the one and a half acre garden, which has been renovated over the last ten years.
There are works in different sizes, styles and media, including wood, metal, stone, glass, ceramic and resin by both local and emerging artists.
There will be sculptures by about 70 sculptors. All sculptures will be for sale and priced at under £4000, most being under £1000 and some under £100. Exhibitors only contribute minimal commission to cover the direct costs of the exhibition so prices are competitive and artists benefit. Most sculptors come from Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and surrounding counties but a few from much further away. The exhibition is designed to appeal to sculptors at the beginning of their careers, including students, although some well-established sculptors who price their work competitively do come.
Here are some photographs from last years show..
Showborough House sculpture garden in Gloucestershire during the affordable art show, here we see the central pond surrounded by garden sculptures and Ledbury artist Victoria Westaway in the distance admiring the garden and sculptures.
Willow Spheres by Ledbury Artist Victoria Westaway exhibiting willow sculptures at the Showborough House Affordable Art Show - May/June 2015
Willow Sculptures of Geese causing some excitement during the affordable art show at Showborough House in Gloucestershire. These garden sculptures certainly hold a pose for the camera.
Willow Geese by Hereford Artist Victoria Westaway exhibiting a range of willow sculptures at the Showborough House Affordable Art Show - May/June 2015
Figurative Willow Sculpture by Ledbury Artist Victoria Westaway depicting a child willow reader at the Showborough House Affordable Art Show - May/June 2015
Sculptors and Artists at Showborough House sculpture exhibition, Gloucestershire meet to exchange a few creative ideas and gauge the visitor feed back on their works of art.
Figurative Sculpture by Willow Sculptor Victoria Westaway depicting a child sat reading, see this willow sculpture at the Showborough House Affordable Art Show - May/June 2015
Showborough lies in the Vale, between the Cotswolds and the Malverns. It is just outside the riverside village of Twyning, between Tewkesbury and Pershore, less than ten minutes drive from the A38, M5 or M50. For a small charge tea, coffee and cold drinks are available, as well as biscuits and sometimes cake. There are many places for lunch within a few miles.
This year the 2016 Affordable Garden Art Exhibition will be open as follows:
Thursday 28th April until Sunday 12th June, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, Opening hours 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Group visits can be arranged at other times. There is no entry charge but they do welcome donations.