Sculpture at Riverhill

We are delighted to continue exhibiting world-class British sculpture. The works, by some of the country's leading artists, offer an inspiring blend of natural materials, contemporary forms set against the varied natural backdrops, which are in abundance at Riverhill. The sculpture can be viewed in the gardens throughout the season, with new pieces being regularly added. All pieces are available for sale.


The ForumArts National Sculpture Symposium

Continuing an established tradition of support for the Arts, Riverhill & The Roger’s Family were delighted to have hosted the second ForumArts Sculpture Symposium in July 2016.

The event really began early on in 2016, when there was an international call for sculptors to take part in this second Symposium. After an exhaustive selection process by ForumArts*, five artists were chosen to feature in the Symposium. Each member of the group bought different sculptural approaches to create an exciting mix of working practices and skills, making the two week Symposium in July quite a spectacle. Each artist created an entirely new piece while in residence at Riverhill, giving members of the public an insight into their processes.

A spectacular Dusk Bronze Pour and BBQ (courtesy of Romshed Organic Farm & Larkins Brewery) gave great delight, as molten bronze flowed like lava into casts. The whole event concluded as our sculptors gave a public tour of the works in the Gardens followed by tea and cake in our beautiful Walled Garden.

Whilst Sculpture Symposiums are common outside of the UK, ForumArts Sculpture Symposium at Riverhill in 2014 was the first to take place in England. 2016’s Symposium raised even more interest and was the genesis for yet more beautiful works that will remain on display in the Gardens until 2018.

The 5 sculptors
Nayoung Jeong, is a Korean artist who has recently moved to the UK from the States. She created a shelter constructed with natural materials found at Riverhill.
Claire Mc Dermott, has a background in botanical illustration and created a sculpture making direct reference to the rare Pocket Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrate) found at Riverhill. Copper ‘bracts’ hang from the trees.
Nathan Murphy, is an upcoming young artist who used subtle linear steel structures to create an installation in the gardens that bought a note of geometry and colour to the gardens.
Tim Norris, is an experienced landscape sculptor, his work has been commissioned for sites worldwide including China, Europe and the USA. He made a coppiced chestnut arch that spirals dramatically over the footpath.
Lauren Wilson, an emerging artist whose piece has made a splash - a miniature swimming pool, that plays with scale referencing the arc of a dive.

The Sponsors
ForumArts would like to extend a special thank you to their supporters, without whom it would not have been possible to enjoy such a successful fortnight of sculpture:

                

 

*ForumArts is a not-for-profit arts organisation for visual artists that delivers talks and information about creative practice. It is our intention to create a community for artists and a platform for discussion and debate.

 

 

 

Nayoung Jeong

Claire Mc Dermott

Nathan Murphy

Tim Norris

Lauren Wilson

All photographs by Sinead Kempley