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Our 2020 exhibition gets real

First of all, thanks to all of you who have stayed with us during our online exhibition, some of you even buying sculpture. Deepest appreciation is winging its way to you from the sculptors and the on form staff in this extraordinary year. 

Two weeks of our online exhibition remain. Sculptures will remain on sale until the end of this month. Please remember that we can organise studio visits if you would like to see and feel the sculpture in real life. 

On October 1st, we will stop selling and start preparing for next year. 

We are breaking our biennial tradition and bringing this year’s exhibition to the Asthall garden from May 1st to 30th, 2021. There is so much more to on form than what you can see online, and we are excited at the prospect of introducing this year’s extraordinary crop of stony forms to the magical meanderings of Asthall. 
 
Please find below our sculpture spotlight series, showing five pieces from different artists, highlighting the diversity of this exhibition.  
 
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Sculpture Spotlight

Forge by Steven Atkinson

Who would have known when Steve came up with the concept for Forge how fitting this sculpture would be for these anxious times? This piece seems to mark a moment in history that resonates deeply with the Covid pandemic. Just look at the tension of his Carrara marble hand so forcefully gripping the sandstone base – through the meticulous carving we can even see wrinkled skin and raised veins.
Falena d'ora by Vanessa Paschakarnis
 
In this wall-hung sculpture, Vanessa has distilled the essence of “mothness” with just a few simple lines in golden Egyptian marble. She has deliberately chosen this dense material to represent the fragility of this delicate creature of the night. 
Contemplation V by Dominic Welch
 
Serene and balanced, Contemplation V has a powerful presence, blending simplicity of form with mesmerising pattern. In his studio on the edge of Dartmoor, Dominic draws on the stone to find the form and pattern which he then spends many hours perfecting. At a metre and a half in diameter, this is one of Dominic’s larger sculptures. 
Crocodile head by Alex Wenham
 
When this block of Italian marble was delivered to Alex’s studio the shape of the marble suggested a crocodile head.  He has carved the sculpture in order to emphasise the markings of the marble and enhance the form, such as the bulge of the eye sockets and the rise of the snout.  This witty interpretation of a croc could be sited on a plinth in a pond or perhaps playfully on a mirror indoors.
Rising orator by Paul Vanstone
 
This is a classic Paul Vanstone sculpture, folds of cloth suggesting humanity without actually taking on a human form. Paul’s connection to the marble he carves, personally sourced from Carrara and worked on in his West London studio, comes through in the eloquent curves he creates in it. Graceful, strong and reflective, this characterful sculpture would light up a garden or lend focus to a family gathering spot. 

Autumn at Asthall Manor

Art Workshops with Kieran Stiles

Kieran will be running three life workshops in the Ballroom at Asthall, on the 22nd & 29th September and 6th October from 10 am until 1 pm. 

For full details, visit our website and to book, email: kieran@artcoursesoxford.com
Yoga with Ruth White
 
Classes have re-recommenced every Monday from 7.30 until 9 pm in the Ballroom until 14th December. For more information, visit their   website or telephone 01608 651189/01608 652272.
 
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