Welcome to week 3 of our online exhibition

Over the next few weeks, we will be shining the spotlight onto individual sculptures in the show, in order to give a sense of the diversity and range of the work we have on offer, and also to go deeper into the preoccupations and creative processes of the sculptors. Today, we bring you five exceptional sculptures that are, in their different ways, challenging and inspirational. We hope you enjoy them, and that they might lead you back to explore the website further. 

We also have some news from the garden, including an exciting new spot for sculpture, a feature on charity of the week, the wonderful At the Bus, and an update on the Potting Shed café. 

Spotlight on sculpture

Vortex by Almuth Tebbenhoff
Almuth loves to uncover the delicate translucency that lies beneath the surface of marble. As well as Carrara marble, favoured by Michelangelo, Almuth uses this beautiful Rosa marble from Portugal. 
Cardboard by Ko Yamazaki
In this sculpture you can see how Ko explores the black marble to make corrugated textures on the surface, creating an extraordinarily realistic stone box.
Dialogo con le Stelle by Sibylle Pasche
Sibylle is inspired by natural processes, and finds poetry in the simple shapes we come across in daily life.  Dialogo con le Stelle (Dialogue with the stars)  invites us to discover the numerous macrocosmic and microcosmic shapes, patterns, and structures found in nature.
Dichotomic Unicity by Anne Cecile Surga
Anne Cecile's works can be understood as explorations of emotional reactions to societal issues. As we sense the fingernails clawing down and into the marble form, her sculpture feels particularly pertinent to current global anxieties. 
Starling by Richard Perry
Richard explores the juxtaposition between organic freeform and geometric sculpture. By working the stone into a harmonious structure of lines and planes, he encourages an intriguing play of light and shadow.

AT The Bus is our charity of the week

AT The Bus is an Oxford-based charity offering art as therapy to support the mental wellbeing of children and young people aged 11-18. 
During the recent closure of schools, AT The Bus collaborated with the Children’s Book Project charity to gift bundles of books and art materials to 10,000 children in London and Oxfordshire and have shared a series of individual art project worksheets for students to do in their own homes. 
Currently operating out of The Cherwell School, Oxford, AT The Bus will soon be housed in a specially refurbished double-decker bus, and in July artist Camille Walala and her team will effect this stunning transformation!  The charity is looking to raise funds to help to get the first bus up and running, and to allow it to reach many more children.
AT The Bus is a natural partner for on form because it believes in the transformative powers of art, and devises projects to build on this: young people work with everyday objects (tables, pots, plates, frames……) rather than blank canvases,  and in the process of transforming the objects, the young people undergo a transformation of self-worth.

Potting Shed Café

Fiona is giving the potting shed a good spring clean at the moment and is looking forward to opening for some long summer weekends from Thursday, July 23rd, lunches Thursday- Sunday 12 - 5 pm.  More details to follow. (No booking required, but we may need to limit numbers).

News from the garden

We’re excited about our new sculpture spots…..

And this week, we bring you the little glade of Tasmania tree ferns, planted this last week by gardeners Owen Vaughan, Mike Hardy and our hardworking WWOOFers.
Asthall tree fern move
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