FRESH AIR 2017 13th Biennial Quenington Sculpture Exhibition

11th June - 2nd July 2017

13th Biennial Quenington Sculpture Exhibition
11th June - 2nd July 2017

Quenington Old Rectory
Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5BN
T 01285 750 358

'The aim of FRESH AIR is to challenge, inspire, inform and delight' says Lucy Abel-Smith, co-curator of FRESH AIR

Over the last 25 years, FRESH AIR has evolved from representing the more figurative and recognisable outdoor sculpture to reflect a much more contemporary and vibrant genre. Today it has built up an enviable reputation for quality, diversity and popularity as one of the UK's leading outdoor contemporary sculpture shows and this year's biennial exhibition, entitled FRESH AIR 2017, brings together an exciting line-up of new work at Quenington Old Rectory, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5BN from Sunday 11th June to Sunday 2nd July 2017.

Set up by art collectors, Lucy and David Abel-Smith, the exhibition is laid out in the quintessential Cotswold setting of the 5-acre garden surrounding the Grade II listed Old Rectory with the River Coln running through the garden. This year sees a return to the mix of media, styles and scale that has proved to be a winning combination with collectors and the general public: from stone to textiles, ceramic to glass, sound to video, mosaic to metals, rubber to resin. Monumental pieces sit alongside smaller works to accommodate every size of garden and outdoor space. 75 artists are showing their latest work, of which over 30 are new to FRESH AIR. The works are carefully placed throughout the grounds to enable visitors to visualise them in their own gardens. Prices range from £50 - £50,000.

A recurring theme for many of the artists is the flora and fauna which provides inspiration for symbolism, form and texture within their own work. Highlights include Burnt Issues made from lasercut wood and copper-wire by David Booth, Copper Leaf Form by Peter M Clarke, Acacia 1 by Alison Crowther, Dharma Racksa by James Eddy and Richard Wheater, fascinated by neon sculpture has created Twenty Whites 2016. Cow Parsley by Simon Hempsell is a sculptural interpretation of a range of seedheads with a mass planting of over 30 being installed in the garden at Quenington.

Inhale Exhale is a collaborative sculpture by Richard Jackson and Sally Fawkes made with cast optical glass and stainless steel. The architecture and engineering of the tower and spire of Salisbury Cathedral, as well as the personal marks inscribed by the craftsmen onto the fabric of this amazing building have been the inspiration for this piece. More glass artists include Fiaz Elson, Colin Hawkins, Max Jacquard and Colin Reid.

Ceramics sit well in the outdoors and FRESH AIR 2017 has a diverse collection including Source by Patricia Volk, a Raku disc with blue wave by Peter Hayes, Birds in a Quivering Bush by Philippa MacArthur, Sin Eater by Meri Wells, Birds in Reeds, inspired by the fenland landscape and resident birds by Jeni Cairns and A Summer of Swallows by Emily Lawlor, an installation of 30 individual swallows made from vintage china. Other interesting ceramicists all working in very different ways include Laurel Keeley, Emma Finch, Alan Foxley and Chiu-i-wu. By Czech born Jitka Palmer is Flautist made from Bath stone.

Inspired by the River Coln flowing through the garden, two artists are showing water related pieces; Alison Berman has produced a fountain which will be placed near the millrace and Nymphaea Lotus, made out of aluminium, by Marigold Hodginson. Furniture is very much part of a garden and outdoor seating by innovative Cotswold designer craftsman Derek Elliott. Another refreshing look is 21st century English furniture made for the outdoors by Matthew Burt, be it a bench, seat or table.

Following the success of 2015, the swimming pool house in the grounds of Quenington will be home to a pop-up gallery for the duration of the show exploring the theme 'Emerging from the Landscape'. Curated by Miranda Leonard, the exhibition showcases a selection of indoor artwork such as ceramics by Anna Lambert, paintings by Dana Finch and wire sculpture by Melanie Day as well as contemporary textiles, jewellery, glass and metal.

FRESH AIR runs an impressive education programme accommodating over 650 children from local primary and secondary schools and particularly special needs schools and community groups in the area. Through generous donations from The Summerfield Trust and The Coln Children's Fete, FRESH AIR is able to provide workshops for groups from the Alderman Knight School, Paternoster School, Milestone College, Cotswold Chine School, Farmors Secondary School, Southrop Primary, Minchinhampton Primary and Riverside EOTAS.

Since its inception in 1992, FRESH AIR has grown into an invaluable resource to visiting educators, artists and students of the arts. This year six foundation students from Stroud College of Art and Design and six BA degree course students from Hereford College of Art have been invited, as part of their coursework, to exhibit at FRESH AIR 2017.

The Quenington Sculpture Trust, FRESH AIR's registered charity since 1997, is generously supported by The Summerfield Trust.


FRESH AIR 2017 is open from 10am - 5pm including weekends.

Admission is £5 for adults, children 18 years and under, free.

Catalogues are £5 each.

Light lunches & teas available in the refreshment tent by 7a of Fairford

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