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Giant sculptures en route for Doddington Hall's largest exhibition yet

Giant sculptures en route for Doddington Hall's largest exhibition yet

Large scale artwork is currently making its way from across the UK and overseas to Lincolnshire for Doddington Hall’s largest ever sculpture exhibition which takes place next month.

The sculptures will be craned and winched into strategic places throughout the historic gardens and parkland from Monday 2 July in time for the grand unveiling of Sculpture at Doddington later in the month.

For a limited period only, visitors will be able to see the work of some of the best-known sculptors in the world. The exhibition, taking place between Saturday 28 July and Sunday 9 September, will be showcasing more than 300 sculptures that will also be available to buy. This will include a huge, vibrantly coloured sculpture designed by the acclaimed Diane Maclean, which will be installed in the Ha Ha boundary with the parkland providing the perfect backdrop. Impressive water sculptures, designed by Anne Curry, meanwhile, will be installed in two fountains in the Hall’s West Garden.

Heather Jansch - who is famed for her life size horse artwork shaped in driftwood, resin and bronze - has created six 6ft horse’s heads especially for this show. These will be positioned in various spots throughout the gardens.

Visitors will be able to view these, as well as sculptures from the likes of Anna Berry, Tom Hiscock and Michael Speller, as they stroll through the walled gardens, grounds and park. Once they reach the Stable Yard area, they will also find indoor gallery spaces displaying 120 sculptures plus the brand new Ceramics at Doddington exhibition. It’s the first time Doddington Hall has hosted its own ceramics exhibition and visitors will be able to view pieces by emerging artists as well as established names. Pieces will range from figurative and sculptural to functional items such as vases, bowls and plates. 

“We are incredibly excited about this year’s Sculpture at Doddington exhibition as there’s going to be so much to see,” said Claire Birch, who with her husband James, is proud to call Doddington home. The Hall, which dates back to 1600, is still a lived-in and much-loved family home and regularly hosts events.

“This show is our largest yet and over the coming weeks we are looking forward to seeing each sculpture as it arrives and is installed. The Sculpture at Doddington exhibition has been created by David Waghorne, who is bringing new and exciting pieces that have been created specifically for our exhibition and have not been seen before.

“We’ll be offering the opportunity for collectors and art lovers to discover and buy new pieces from the exhibition for their collection. As the show offers such a broad collection, from the classic to the contemporary, we’re confident there will be something for everyone to enjoy and we hope to welcome and inspire people across the generations.”

Sculpture at Doddington 2018 takes place between Saturday 28 July and Sunday 9 September and will be open daily between 11am and 4.30pm. All pieces will be available for sale. There is no extra admission cost for the exhibition as it is included in garden admission (£7 adults, £3.50 children, £18 family ticket). The house is also open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. There is an additional entry fee for the house.

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