Summer Sculpture Exhibition 2017

Exhibition dates:                 Saturday 13 May — Saturday 17 June 2016

PrivateView:                           Saturday 13May, 3 pm—7 pm

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 both abstract and figurative – many of which have been commissioned specially for the exhibition.

This is the tenth annual sculpture show and large-scale pieces grab the headlines. Scottish artist Leonie Gibbs’s, Striding Pictish Queen looks out to meet her destiny. Miranda Michel’s giant Boxing Hares bound with energy and Dominic Welch’s Rising Form VI is his most monumental work to date. Marzia Colonna’s work is based on the human form reflecting mankind’s dreams and aspirations; in Man and Bird the figure reaches upwards to release the bird. Exhibiting for the first time is Nicola Godden, whose Icarus figure was commissioned for the Olympic Village, London 2012. This mythical winged creature is a subject she has explored over several years while gaining her pilot’s license. Her full scale Icarus will soar over the Sussex landscape.

Working in stone, William Peers’s abstract pieces defy gravity with their sinuous curves and stacked shapes held in equilibrium, he explores the tensile properties of marble pushing them to the absolute limits. David Paton works in Cornish granite, these pieces are a response to the archeological and animalistic heritage of the landscape of West Penwith.

On a smaller scale, Olivia Ferrier engages with the natural world with her bird pieces, cast in bronze but modeled from found leaves, twigs and other natural objects. Jo Sweeting’s sensitive carved heads reflect her apprenticeship at the Skelton workshop in Ditchling and the 20th-century British tradition of figurative sculpture.

The show includes artists who have been with the gallery for a decade as well as new talent like David Paton, Richard Farrington and Nicola Godden. It balances abstract with figurative work – commanding life size pieces in stone and bronze, and smaller more intimate pieces for indoors. All selected with a commitment to quality, innovation and originality.

With the Chelsea Flower Show dominating the month of May, it is a month for gardeners and the sculpture on display is designed and chosen for the intimate setting of private gardens.  The pieces catch your eye as you round a corner, punctuate a formal area of the garden or lead you into a distant vista.  Pieces by established artists with work in major collections are shown alongside those of younger, emerging artists.


This exhibition runs concurrently with the painting exhibition:


Exploring the Land – Two Ways of Seeing – see separate press release