The Grove is an informal garden in a woodland setting. It contains spring bulbs, a very large collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and a wide range of other flowering shrubs and exotic trees, including varieties of oak, birch, magnolia, prunus, sorbus, malus, kalmia and hydrangea. Particularly colourful in spring, The Grove provides a most attractive walk throughout the season and visitors frequently comment on its peacful atmosphere.
Sculptures In The Grove
Since we first launched the Arley Sculpture Trail in 2014 it has continued to grow in size and prestige. Artists from around the country are taking part and their skilled craftsmanship has produced another outstanding Trail that will engage and delight visitors of all ages.
The artists have taken inspiration for their sculptures from the beautiful backdrop of The Grove. Using a variety of materials, the artworks range in form, from animals, birds and flowers through to some more abstract work. There are around forty sculptures which now form a Trail for you to follow around this stunning woodland garden.
All of the sculptures you see are for sale. The artists also accept commissions for their work, so if you would like to buy any of them to display in your garden or design a piece of sculpture for yourself, please ask in the shop for more information.
We hope you enjoy the Trail and your visit to Arley.
A list of some of the artists is below:
Kate designs and makes mosaic art and mirrors for the garden. Working with stained glass and recycled mirror, she is inspired by the patterns and colour in her garden and the Lincolnshire countryside.
For the Arley Sculpture Trail she has crafted dragonflies and butterflies that can be displayed in your garden, gently hovering over the flowers and shrubs.
Kate says she is thrilled to be invited back to the Arley Hall Sculpture Trail and have her mosaics on display in such a beautiful setting.
To contact Kate please call 07815 851615 or to visit Kate’s website click here
Angela is a local sculptor working predominantly with wire, textiles and natural/found materials. She creates work for herself, exhibitions and for schools and public spaces. Her sculptures often respond directly to the environment for which they are made. Animals also reoccur throughout her work, dominant in her life – their presence and beauty remain a constant inspiration to her.
“When creating sculptures I hope to reveal an animal’s character, their feelings and thoughts, our relationship with them and theirs with each other – I am delighted to be able to take up the opportunity to be part of this project at Arley Hall and Gardens,” said Angela.
To contact Angela please call 07944 333408 or to visit Angela’s website click here
Russell’s practice is eclectic, ranging from giant parade puppets to intricate mosaics, illustration, sculpture and large oil paintings. His sculptural work can be seen in parks and gardens across the North West as well as in many private collections. He has also exhibited at the Cheshire Show. Russell said of his contribution to the Arley Sculpture Trail: “The series of mosaic insects was inspired by Victorian Etymologists and their obsessive, beautiful collections of small creatures. Mosaic seemed an appropriate medium to use as this intense, process-led artform and replicates the intricate and time-consuming practice of collecting.”
To contact Russell please call 07964 766131 or to visit Russell’s website click here
Katie is an established and well respected artist of 15 years who specialises in two dimensional contemporary glass mosaic sculptures. She works on commissions that are sold across the country and through public exhibitions and sculpture parks as well as a small selection of galleries. Her vision is to be totally immersed in the connection between ‘Art in Nature’, which is why she enjoys creating original, quality pieces of work for all outdoor spaces. “Mosaic can bring life and interest to all parts of the garden, enriching the space with colour, pattern and texture that’s seen all year round,” she said.
To contact Katie please call 07913 658107 or to visit Katie’s website click here
Andrew sculpts mainly soft Maltese limestone to carve out exquisite shapes and forms that reflect the natural environment.
He has an impressive track record of exhibiting his pieces of artwork, for example at the RHS Show at Tatton Park.
Andrew is artist-in-residence at Mount Pleasant Gardens in Kelsall where he runs regular sandstone carving workshops. Andrew said: “I was invited to Arley to draw inspiration from The Grove and found that it provides an incredible backdrop in which to display my work so it is a great honour to be asked to be involved in this project.”
To contact Andrew please call 01829 759359 or to visit Andrew’s website click here
Lynn is a designer and maker of hand-blown and kiln-formed studio glass. She enjoys working in both two and three dimensions and with both hot and cold glass, using its unique optical qualities as a means of expression and communication. Her work revolves around the underlying themes of ‘movement and change’ and much inspiration comes from the Lincolnshire Wolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty where she lives and works.
“I am delighted to be asked to show my work at Arley Hall and look forward to visiting the gardens throughout the season and absorb their ever-changing beauty,” she said.
To contact Lynn please call 07747 663906 or to visit Lynn’s website click here
Rachel has created a piece of work especially for The Grove inspired by curvaceous leaves, smooth textures and fluid shapes that can be found in the garden. She creates her abstract sculptures by carving with a chainsaw and shaping with power tools before fine sanding with a teak oil finish to really bring out the grain of the wood. This particular piece has been made from a walnut tree that was cut down due to rot, near Rachel’s studio in Nottingham. “My practice is based on a conversation between myself and the wood, shapes that are inherent in the trunk are sometimes worked into sketches or ideas,” she said.
To contact Rachel please call 079606 13786 or to visit Rachel’s website click here
Juliette originally trained at Manchester Metropolitan University in Textile Design and followed a career designing embroidery for Marks and Spencer’s.
She now concentrates her artistic work around weaving willow, working to commission, selling at events and running workshops.
Juliette creates willow sculptures of mainly animal form from different varieties and colours of dried willow which is soaked in water making it pliable.
The sculptures, if put outside, are temporary, lasting only a few years. She has created three hares in motion for this year’s exhibition.
To contact Juliette please call 07949 640613 or to visit Juliette’s website click here
Brin is a Mechanical Engineer whose hobby making boat signs for canal moorings developed into a love of sculpture. He likes to work with recycled wood and his main pieces in the exhibition are made from scrap wood.
He is a founder of Artism UK, which helps promote and help aspiring artists on the autistic spectrum.
Brin donates all his artwork to the Artism Project which means any work sold can raise money to help the artists on the autistic spectrum.
Among the pieces he has contributed to the Arley Sculpture Trail are a horse’s head and an owl in flight..
To visit Brin’s website click here
Sharon Campbell is based in Manchester at AWOL Studios working in the field of contemporary visual art, which focuses on engaging with people, local communities and building relationships. Sharon is co-creator of the award winning ‘The Chandelier of Lost Earrings’. Her work often uses story-telling using familiar notions or objects that people can relate to, drawing out the extraordinary from seemingly everyday stories.
She works across various mediums, but specialises in glass (architectural and stained glass) and is currently collaborating with Rachel Ramchurn.
To contact Sharon please call 07868 172 959 or to visit Sharon’s website click here
Andrew is an amateur artist based in West Kirby on the Wirral. He began his journey with stone about 12 years ago, shortly after the death of his Dad. In the shed Andrew found a couple of wooden mallets belonging to his grandfather, Cyril Smith, a monumental Mason who was based in Crosby during the mid decades of the 20th century.
He decided to give it a go and one of his first pieces was a small Celtic Cross that was placed on his Dad’s grave whilst a larger stone was prepared. He believes there is a spiritual energy in all things and attempts to release that energy in his work.
To contact Andrew please call 07960 438475 or to visit Andrew’s website click here
Sarah is a willow sculptor and mixed media artist based in Cheshire. She has been making sculptures in living willow and dead willow for 15 years, for exhibition, private commissions and site specific locations. As well as producing her own work, she runs Willow workshops in schools and the community, produced work for Kew gardens, Osbourne House, RHS, English Heritage and numerous public parks and spaces. Over the years her work has become predominantly based around animal forms, she feels that she is able to give willow sculptures movement and character encouraging people to pat or stroke the sculptures when they are on display.
To contact Sarah please call 07889 507348 or to visit Sarah’s website click here