The 2015 Sculpture Exhibition at Borde Hill Garden, sponsored by 1st Central Insurance, has been opened by internationally renowned sculptor, Angela Conner, and Andy James, CEO of 1st Central, in the presence of local Sussex dignitaries and guests.
“Respond 1” is her new piece, made of stainless steel, especially commissioned for Borde Hill’s 50th Anniversary of the charity opening to the public.
Borde Hill Garden is English Heritage Listed Grade II*, set in 200 acres of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with spectacular vistas across the Ouse Valley Viaduct. The Garden was created in 1892 by the current owner’s great grandfather and plant expedition sponsor, Colonel Stephenson R Clarke.
Thanks to his foresight and hard work this impressive estate boasts a botanically rich and nationally important collection of trees and shrubs; and is highly regarded as one of England’s ‘great gardens’. The numerous exotic trees, ponds, old potting sheds, Italian and Rose Gardens all provide the ideal setting for exhibiting art.
Now in its 16th year, the Sculpture Exhibition at Borde Hill is a notable celebration of art and sculpture by both established and up and coming artists. During the Exhibition the Garden is transformed into an outdoor gallery, enabling visitors to enjoy unique works of art by 13 different sculptors.
The bronze, resin, stone, metalwork, ceramics, steel, clay and glass sculptures will be sited in strategic positions within this historical Garden setting. This not only offers glorious backdrops including the unique ‘garden rooms’ and Elizabethan House, but entices visitors to appreciate this extraordinary mix of art whilst exploring the unique plant collection that has put Borde Hill Garden on the map.
For the first time the Sculpture Exhibition extents into the woodland with life size sculptures made from clay and cloth.
The Stephenson Clarke family, who have lived at Borde Hill for four generations, commented: “We are delighted to be celebrating another year of sculptures in the Garden. Over the years we have seen such a breadth of talent, and it is a joy to see the beauty of the Garden enhanced by the works of so many credible artists”.
The Exhibition runs from 1 st May to 1 st September and admission is included in the standard entry price. All works in the exhibition are available for sale.
Borde Hill Garden, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex opens to the public 10am to 6pm (or dusk if earlier) on:
– 28th March – 13th September
– Each Sunday in September and October
– Halloween Week (23rd October – 1st November)
Entry to Borde Hill Garden, (which includes activities and adventure playground), is just £8.20 per adult (£9.02 gift aid), £7.65 concession and £5.10 per child. A Day Family ticket is £22 (2 + 2) or £25 (2+3).
Café Elvira beckons with hearty breakfasts, morning coffee, delicious home cooked lunches and Sussex cream teas at Little Ritz Vintage Tea in the garden. For a special treat, visitors can dine at award-winning restaurant Jeremy’s. The Green Tree Gallery offers a beautiful and contemporary selection of affordable arts and crafts.
Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP
For further information visit www.bordehill.co.uk or telephone 01444 450326