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.
Willow Sculptures - Two giant willow apple sculptures sat on a blanket of ivy in the Sculpture Garden during Showboroughs Affordable Art Show
Contemporary Figurative Sculpture - Willow child sat holding copper butterfly by willow artist Vik Westaway shown at Showborough House Affordable Art Show, Gloucestershire
Close up of willow child holding copper butterfly clearly showing the beautiful copper patina on the butterfly wings. Woven willow sculpture on steel armature with copper butterfly sculpture
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 2017 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.