Over 300 artefacts on display at Asthall Manor Midsummer Sculpture Exhibition

Over 300 sculptures will be dotted around Asthall Manor’s beautiful gardens when its popular mid-summer sculpture exhibition returns this year.

Featuring 39 exceptional sculptors working in stone, the exhibits will be spread across the gardens and water meadows of the Windrush Valley beyond.

Interior works will be presented in some interiors of the mansion and in the church of Saint-Nicolas.

Nine sculptors will bring works from continental Europe, including a group from the Pescarella workshop in Pietrasanta, the traditional home of stone carving in Tuscany.

on form was founded by Rosie Pearson and Anthony Turner in 2002 and since 2006 it has been organized by Anna Greenacre.

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She said: “A whole different sensory world appears here, for a month. The sculptures bring contours, texture, intrigue; thought-provoking and conversation-provoking – and plants have a lovely way of sweetening them. Life buzzes around every room.”

This year, Anna will create the sense of a sculptor’s workshop in the ballroom, to give visitors an immersive experience of the stone carving process.

Four charities Refugee Resource, The Wychwood Forest Trust, Wild Oxfordshire and Bridewell Organic Gardens will each be present at the show each week.

There will also be a series of special events, from stone carving workshops to dancing, which can be seen on the website as well as a cafe.

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Rosie Pearson moved to Asthall Manor in 1998 after a decade living in Jamaica.

Dating back to the 1600s, the Jacobean house was once home to the infamous Mitford sisters and their family.

Rosie commissioned garden designers Julian and Isabel Bannerman to work with her to design what is now considered one of the finest private gardens in the UK.

on form from June 12 to July 10. For more information, visit https://www.asthallmanor.com

Julia P. Cluff