Mouse on fork by Martin Duffy
Beaulieu's first sculpture exhibition featuring the work of over 60 international and national sculptors is showcasing more than 350 stunning works throughout the grounds and gardens of the ancestral Montagu home of Palace House.
From the atmospheric ruins of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey to the Victorian flower garden, the unique collection is set against the perfect backdrop.
Guy by Joy and John Cox being carefully positioned
Special displays include a ‘Tribute to the horse’, featuring a full-size bronze horse by world-renowned contemporary sculptor Heather Jansch. The statue is from her collection of powerfully agile driftwood and bronze equine figures. The horse theme has been chosen to celebrate Beaulieu’s setting in the heart of the New Forest National Park.
Sculpture at Beaulieu Curator David Waghorne said: “The exhibition is one of the most prestigious to visit in the UK during 2019. Each piece complements the very diverse areas within Beaulieu and aims to provide an eclectic and exciting exhibition to suit all tastes and styles. These range from figurative to abstract, marble to bronze and across all other mediums and budgets.”
Harle-Queen by Jilly Sutton in the Beaulieu Abbey Cloister
Visitors can follow the trail of the sculpture collection around the attraction. Smaller, exquisite pieces are shown inside Palace House, including a drinking horse sculpture by Tom Hiscocks whose larger version stands at Newbury Racecourse. Landscape sculptures are placed outside, while reflective pieces have been chosen for the tranquil grounds of Beaulieu Abbey and key colour sculptures complement nature in the flower garden.
Pollination stems by Ruth Moilliet
David chose sculptors for their internationally-acclaimed work and diversity in materials and styles – such as a kinetic stainless steel Spitfire by Richard Cresswell, which stands at 11ft high and turns in the wind, and a full-size bronze Icarus figure by Nicola Godden, whose work graced the Olympic Village in London.
Sculptors include Jilly Sutton, whose striking, hollowed out heads carved from a single piece of wood and mounted on slate can also be seen in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.
Spitfire by Richard Cresswell outside Palace House
Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors Rebecca Newnham’s polished handmade glass can also be seen in London’s Regent Park and pieces by contemporary stone sculptor Mel Fraser might have been spotted at The Chelsea Flower Show, as well as in Europe, New York and a recent installation in the Frank Gehry’s Opus Building in Hong Kong. The Le Blanc family, who are showing some of their prestigious bronze sculptures, also exhibit in collections around the world.
Metamorphoman by John Williams
A catalogue of all of the exhibition sculptures is available on arrival at Beaulieu’s Visitor Reception. Every piece on show is for sale, with prices starting from as little as £25 ranging right up to £120,000, including some unique and limited edition pieces. There is something for everyone, from the casual browser to the serious buyer.
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Boxing hares by Martin Duffy outside Palace House