What’s On – Art & Sculpture Trail
To complement HGF’s virtual festival, we will also be curating a new Art and Sculpture Trail at Hellens.
Enjoy work by Simon Meiklejohn, Paul Thomas, Peter King, David England, Simon Probyn, Jon Williams, Sarah Monk and more throughout the gardens and grounds. The sculptors work with myriad forms of natural mediums: stone, wood, metal and willow. Their pieces explore the power, beauty and fragility of the natural world, exhibited together as a feast of shape, form, colour and movement, and a chance for thought and reflection. Enjoy the unusual experience of a diverse, mixed trail that is inclusive to many styles and curated by the sculptors themselves, allowing for a celebration of nature and humanity, personal responses to educational themes, and the opportunity to share Hellens Garden Festival values and aims in a creative, expressive way. We love that it encourages visitors to explore beyond the main areas of the Hellens garden and takes them out into nature. In 2020, we have made the decision to rest the ancient meadow, allowing it to regenerate and for its wildflowers to remain undisturbed, seed and flourish. The sculpture trail will continue elsewhere, unfolding within hidden spaces, woodland nooks, leafy spinneys, and secret moss covered pathways… a magical experience for all who visit.
This is complemented by work in the Great Barn, an exhibition titled ‘Field and Orchard’, selected paintings and drawings by Bridget Macdonald.
The exhibition and sculpture trail will open on Wednesday 26th August, at Hellens Manor, from 10am-6pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 27th September. Entry is free but donations are welcomed, which will be given to Hellens Garden Festival beneficiaries St Michael’s Hospice and Back to the Wild CIC.