Lincolnshire artists lead summer sculpture showcase at Doddington Hall

‘The most diverse collection ever hosted at Doddington Hall & Gardens’

Doddington Hall & Gardens’ eagerly awaited biennial sculpture showcase returns with creations from national and international artists.

Led by a charge of Lincolnshire-based sculptors, as well as “Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor” Emily Young, the exhibition will showcase 340 works of art from 60 national and international sculptors throughout the picturesque gardens and stable yard. 

While each sculpture is distinctly different, they are all united by the core theme of ‘In beauty may I walk’ – inspired by the traditional Navajo Indian prayer. With the mellow red brick Elizabethan hall as a spectacular backdrop, guests are invited to walk in the beauty of Doddington Hall’s walled gardens and romantic wild grounds to take in the varied pieces.

Every sculpture is available for purchase and there’s something for everyone, with the pieces ranging from £55 through to £350,000.

Claire Birch, who lives at the hall with her husband James, said: “After our best-ever attended sculpture showcase in 2020, we’re delighted to welcome you to our sixth ‘Sculpture at Doddington’ exhibition.

“We hope that you’ll admire the significant repairs to the hall and garden walls that we have carried out since the last exhibition. We’ll also be placing an especially significant sculpture in our purpose-built Wagon Shed close to the Stable Yard Gallery: Brian Taylor’s life-size Burano Horse. The shed is home to our new permanent collection of farm wagons, which we encourage you to visit.”

With over 40 of the sculptors being entirely new to Doddington, the carefully selected domestic and overseas sculptors have been chosen to complement each area of the grounds and to provide an experience that suits all tastes, styles and budgets. 

Curated by David Waghorne and Kate McGovern, the exhibit will showcase incredible art led by local artists Michael Thacker, Teresa Wells, James Sutton, Daniel Rollitt, Michael Scrimshaw, Ian Gill and Robert Fogell.

Co-curator David Waghorne said: “This is the most diverse collection of art we’ve ever hosted at Doddington Hall & Gardens. The range of styles, materials and price points really does mean that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

“Doddington Hall is a special place that is steeped in history, and I can’t think of a more immersive backdrop for this incredible breadth of sculptures from renowned and emerging artists.”

Local artists include former stone carver and mason at Lincoln Cathedral, Michael Thacker creates distinctive abstract sculptures made from local limestone and embellished with 24-carat gold leaf to dramatically accentuate light.After 15 years working on Lincoln’s iconic cathedral, Michael now works as a full-time sculptor and has been featured in exhibitions across the UK, including the Chelsea Flower Show, the London Art Fair, and City Art House Lincoln.

Featured artists in the showcase include “Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor” Emily Young. She creates powerful monolithic pieces from her studios in Italy and Dorset, showcasing them in her new London showroom. Her sculptures have previously been exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Getty in California, The Whitworth in Manchester, The Imperial War Museum in London and The Meijer Sculpture Gardens in Grand Rapids.

Sculpture at Doddington 2022 is on display until Sunday 11th September daily from 10am – 4pm, with last entry at 3pm. There is no extra cost for the exhibition, with standard garden admission charges applying at just £8.50 for adults, £4.50 for children, or £22 for a family ticket.  Admission is free for Doddington ‘Season Ticket’ holders. Historic Houses, RHS and Art Fund Members benefit from 20% off entry.  Guests will be able to purchase a detailed Sculpture catalogue for a small additional charge.

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