Summer Sculpture 2016

8th April 2016

Work by 15 contemporary sculptors shown in stunning garden in the South Downs National Park, near Petworth

EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday 14 May — Saturday 11 June 2016

PRIVATE VIEW: Saturday 14 May, 2pm—8pm

This summer, the Moncrieff-Bray gallery presents its annual sculpture exhibition, with works displayed in the magnificent Sussex Barn and sculpture arranged across the surrounding three-acre rural gardens. A wide range of work will be on show; small scale sculpture in the gallery and in the garden, large scale works in stone, bronze, ceramic, steel and wood – many of which have been commissioned specially for the exhibition. A selection will be previewed in the majestic setting of Petworth Park at the Petworth Park Art and Antiques Fair from May 6 – 8.

The exhibition coincides with the Chelsea Flower Show. Like the Flower Show the sculpture on display is designed for the intimate setting of private gardens. The pieces catch your eye as you round a corner, or lead you into a distant vista. Pieces by established artists with work in major collections are shown alongside those of younger, emerging artists.

Highlights for 2016 include Paul Vanstone’s marble heads, using exotic coloured marbles sourced from Iran and India and Dominic Welch’s seductive abstract works carved in limestone or cast in bronze. A major piece by Dominic will be on display at the Ashmoleon Museum concurrently. David Klein’s peregrine falcon, emerges from the limestone, latent with energy, showing his mastery at creating form from a lump of rock. While Jilly Sutton’s delightful new work, Bambino reflects her joy at being a grandmother.

On a large scale, Clare Tupman’s life size owls swoop into land. Working in stainless steel she specialises in extremities of movement, manipulating the tensile properties of steel to dramatic effect. Working from her remote hill farm in Wales, Miranda Michels is strongly influenced by the natural world. Her life size fallow deer in twisted steel with real antlers will complement the deer in Petworth Park. Originally trained as a goldsmith, Colleen Du Pon now works in steel and her giant buttercups and snowdrops are a visual delight.

Jo Sweeting’s sensitive carved heads reflect her apprenticeship at the Skelton workshop in Ditchling. While Adam Binder has taken his exquisitely modelled bronze birds into the landscape by creating a new series of bird plaques.

The last ten years have seen a renaissance in the appreciation of sculpture in the British Isles. Sculpture is transformed when taken outside the white walls of a gallery and displayed outside in relation to nature and the elements. It is now seen as an integral part of domestic garden design and a wander around this exhibition is a delight in itself.



Based in a group of 18th-century former farm buildings on the edge of the Petworth estate, the gallery holds regular exhibitions of contemporary art and sculpture. A spectacular oak framed barn houses the interior gallery space, and the surrounding landscaped gardens are an ideal setting for domestic sculpture. The gallery is committed to showing both established artists and those who are not widely represented elsewhere. Just over an hour’s drive from central London, the gallery is located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, enjoying spectacular views over the Rother Valley and up to the South Downs.


Former curator and arts writer Elspeth Moncrieff set up the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery in 2005. An experienced curator, she has worked for the V&A, and as a former art market correspondent for The Art Newspaper and Deputy Editor of Apollo magazine. She applies her experience of the international art world to her South Downs gallery.

OPENING HOURS Open Daily: 11 pm to 4pm Closed Sundays


Adam Binder, Colleen Du Pon, Dave Cooke, Olivia Ferrier, Felicia Fletcher, David Klein, Judy Larkin, Jo Sweeting, Jilly Sutton, Clare Tupman, Clare Trenchard, Willow Legge, Miranda Michels, Paul Vanstone, Dominic Welch

Closed Sundays but we welcome visitors by appointment at any time.

For further images and information contact Elspeth Moncrieff: Tel: 07867 978 414