19th April 2013

EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday 18 May — Saturday 22 June 2013

PRIVATE VIEW: Saturday 18th May, 2pm—8pm



This summer, the Moncrieff-Bray gallery presents its sixth annual sculpture exhibition, with works arranged across the surrounding three-acre rural gardens. A wide range of work will be on show, in stone, bronze, ceramic, steel and wood – many of which have been commissioned specially for the exhibition. 

For centuries, gardeners have looked to sculpture to create a dialogue between art and nature. The exhibition coincides with the nation’s main celebration of gardening, the Chelsea Flower Show, and the outdoor sculpture on display is designed specifically for the intimate setting of private gardens. Pieces are placed within the attractive stone walls of the farm yard and buildings, the orchard, and the landscaped garden beyond.

Curator and gallery owner Elspeth Moncrieff has sought out work of the highest quality, and over the last six years has played a major role in introducing the gallery-going public to the value and interest of sculpture for gardens. Pieces by established artists with work in major collections are shown alongside those of younger, emerging artists, chosen with a commitment to range and originality.

Key highlights for 2013 include Frances Doherty‘s burgeoning ceramic flower forms and Rupert Till’s graceful wire sculptures of animals and figures. Other new additions to the gallery’s line-up include Felicia Fletcher’s reflective geometric forms in a variety of media including the ancient art of scagliola and Kristina Furniss’s organic stone carvings.

Returning to the gallery are Dave Cooke’s lifesize toucans and owls, providing a touch of the surreal to the Sussex landscape, and Clare Tupman’s stainless steel sculptures with their hard-edged dynamism and delicacy of representation. Jilly Sutton’s silent faces and rippled wooden forms edge out of the landscape, and Jonathan Loxley’s lapidary, geometric works in stone are an uplifting  presence.

The works have been gathered from a wide geographical area of the British Isles and play with a range of influences and visual connections, often with nods to the greats of modern outdoor sculpture, from Barbara Hepworth to Ian Hamilton-Finlay.

Mapped according to the idiosyncrasies of a country garden, a wander around the exhibition is a delightful experience in itself. The show is a celebration of the artistic possibilities that occur outside the white walls of an interior gallery space, presenting works in conversation with all weathers, lights and colours: the garden as gallery.




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 artists who are not widely represented elsewhere, helping them to establish a commercial following. Artists whose careers the gallery has helped to promote include New Yorker Tim Kent, Pippa Blake, Ana Bianchi, Jonathan Loxley and Jilly Sutton. 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 started her career at the V&A; 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. Elspeth is currently the International Editor of the Sydney-based World of Antiques and Art.


Dave Cookeverdigris-pods
Lawrence Dicks
Frances Doherty
Annie Field
Felicia Fletcher
Kristina Furniss
Willow Legge
Jonathan Loxley
Nicolas Moreton
Mike Savage
Will Spankie
Jilly Sutton
Rupert Till
Claire Tupman
Lucy Unwin
Dominic Welch



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



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Elspeth Moncrieff:

Tel: 07867 978 414