Sculpture at Doddington returns for 2020

  • 16 Jul 2020
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The historic house and gardens will exhibit almost 400 unique and well known sculptures from 68 renowned artists.

Doddington Hall & Gardens’ popular exhibition, Sculpture at Doddington, is returning to the historic hall for a summer of art and culture. From Saturday 25th July to Sunday 6th September, visitors will be able to enjoy the works of 68 sculptors set against the backdrop of Doddington’s Elizabethan gardens.

Tickets are now available for the fifth iteration of the biennial event, which has been adapted in line with social distancing guidelines. Visitors are being asked to book tickets in advance to help the team maintain a safe number of people enjoying the exhibition.

To help visitors stay two metres apart, a safe route around the exhibition has been set up through the gardens. Visitors are asked to keep a safe distance from one another as much as possible, to cough or sneeze into their elbow and to refrain from touching any of the sculptures.

Internationally and nationally acclaimed artists will have their sculptures featured at the exhibition, including leading figurative sculptor David Williams-Ellis, whose work includes D-Day Sculpture, which was unveiled to honour the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Simon Gudgeon, one of Britain’s leading contemporary sculptors, brings a natural and abstract feel with his minimalist yet striking works. Gudgeon’s work is featured in important private collections around the world, including those of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Jilly Sutton’s work can be found across the world, and notably in The National Portrait Gallery. Using timber, she carves large heads and figures that have a unique, grainy character. Sutton’s serene work will sit peacefully in the gardens.

Other notable sculptors that will have their work on display include Andrew Smith, David Harber, Clare Bigger and Cathryn Shilling. 

All sculptures that form the exhibition are for sale, with prices ranging from £60 to £60,000 so there’s something for every budget. Purchases will support the artists involved, as well as contributing to the conservation and protection of Doddington Hall and its wider community.

Curators David Waghorne and Kate McGovern have carefully selected sculptures from artists that complement each area and to provide an eclectic exhibition to suit all tastes, styles and budgets.

David Waghorne, co-curator from Sculpture Events with David & Kate, said:

“This year's exhibition is completely different from the last Sculpture at Doddington in 2018, with 48 new national and international sculptors who've never exhibited before displaying their work. Many of our sculptors have pieces of work displayed in the most coveted private collections in the world, so we're bringing some of the most impressive names in sculpture right here to Lincolnshire.

“We have sculptures exploring the figurative human form in the East Garden and kinetic pieces in the Wild Garden. We have both traditional and contemporary pieces across the gardens, with some pieces that people might even recognise! Such as the surprise star of the London 2012 Olympics - a giant silverback gorilla that has had the likes of swimmer Tom Daley and tennis superstar Maria Sharapova pose with it. There really is something for everyone, so it's going to be a lovely event for families, art lovers and people wanting to enjoy something a bit different.”

This year has been an exceptional one for Doddington Hall and the team behind Sculpture at Doddington.

David added: “There's a lot of preparation and planning that goes into Sculpture, and normally we would spend four weeks to curate and place each sculpture but due to COVID-19, we've only had two weeks! We ensure that every piece fits its environment within the gardens at Doddington, and it's extremely impactful. 

“The world is a very different place at the moment so we're delighted that Sculpture is going ahead. We've been hopeful from the start and as we make the final preparations for the opening, it's incredible to see everything coming together and now we can't wait to welcome everyone to a summer of Sculpture at Doddington!”

Sculpture at Doddington is open daily from 25th July to 6th September, between 10am - 4pm, with last entry at 3pm. In addition to Sculpture at Doddington, the main Hall is also reopening on Sundays after a period of closure. Doddington Hall is just one of a handful of Historic Houses sites across the UK that has re-opened its doors.

Visitors can once again explore over 400 years of unbroken family history throughout the Elizabethan manor, including furniture, weaponry, paintings and textiles. In line with COVID-19 guidelines, a limited number of visitors will be allowed within the Hall, only pre-booked tickets are available and a one way system has been established throughout the Hall. Hand sanitiser will also be available.

Visitors can make a day of their visit by booking an Afternoon Tea in Doddington’s Tea Room, located in the award-winning Coach House. The menu includes a variety of options, including vegan, gluten free and dairy free and is available from Wednesday to Sunday. Doddington Hall’s Farm Shop, Home Store, Country Clothing, Bike Shop, Cafe and Coffee Shop are also open daily.

Claire Birch, owner of Doddington Hall & Gardens, said:

“We are thrilled in this most extraordinary of years that we can welcome visitors to our fifth biennial Sculpture Exhibition. The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely challenging worldwide and it was no exception here at Doddington.

“We are so lucky that our long-planned Sculpture Exhibition is largely outdoors, and

that we can go ahead with it safely. We have almost 400 works from 68 artists from the UK and overseas placed around the gardens and in the Stable Yard Gallery.

“Finally, a big thank you to Sculpture Events with David & Kate for organising and curating the exhibition in difficult times and to all our sponsors, their generous involvement makes the exhibition possible.”

Booking tickets in advance for Sculpture at Doddington is advised. Normal garden entry applies, so there is no additional charge for the exhibition. Adult tickets costing £7.50 and children (4-16 years) costing £3.50. Children under 4 years can enter for free. Family tickets are also available for two adults and four children, costing £19. Last admission is 3pm.

Companies sponsoring Sculpture at Doddington include lead sponsor Soper of Lincoln, as well as Brown & Co, Sills & Betteridge, Pilgrim Foodservice, MKM Building Supplies, Roythornes Solicitors and Brewin Dolphin.

Follow Doddington Hall & Gardens on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates and behind the scenes snapshots. Use the hashtag #SculptureAtDoddington on social media to share your photos of the exhibition.

For more information and to book tickets, visit sculpturedoddingtonhall.com.

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