Lincolnshire’s Doddington Hall is to host its fourth Sculpture at Doddington Event 

The event from the end of July; its largest yet thanks to the addition of an extended indoor exhibition.

The impressive Elizabethan hall and grounds will provide the perfect backdrop for more than 300 sculptures which are being transported from all corners of the UK as well as overseas. The carefully curated exhibition, which takes place between Saturday 28 July and Sunday 9 September, will showcase 80 of the world’s best-known sculptors.

Collectors, art lovers and garden enthusiasts alike will be able to view the inspiring works of art as they stroll through the historic walled gardens and parkland. Once they reach the Stable Yard area, they will find indoor gallery spaces displaying up to 120 sculptures alongside a new ceramics exhibition. It will be the first time Doddington has hosted a ceramics’ show.

“Our previous Sculpture at Doddington exhibitions have proved popular but we are particularly excited about this year’s offer as there will be even more to view,” said Claire Birch, who with her husband James, live in the hall. “We will be bringing pieces created by national and international sculptors right here to Lincolnshire for this limited period.”

“There will be new and exciting pieces not seen before at Doddington and we’ll be offering the opportunity for collectors, landscapers and art lovers to discover and buy new pieces from the exhibition for their collection.”

“This largely open-air exhibition offers such a broad and eclectic collection from the classic to the contemporary and in a variety of mediums. We’re confident it will have wide appeal as it has something for everyone to enjoy and we hope to welcome and inspire people across the generations.”

The exhibition, which has been curated by David Waghorne, will showcase extraordinary pieces including work from Heather Jansch, famous for her life size horses shaped in driftwood resin and bronze. She has previously exhibited with Barbara Hepworth, Elizabeth Frink, Anish Kapoor and Anthony Gormley and her work is shown in Italy, France, and the US.

Other sculptors to be featured will include Michael Speller, who is known for his figurative work and exhibits in London and throughout the States. Tom Hiscocks, whose work appears in private collections across the UK, Europe, the Far East, and America, will also be showcased at Doddington. They will be joined by renowned environmental sculptor, Diane Maclean, and Julian Meredith, known for his landscape sculptures. Anne Curry will also form part of this eminent line-up. In the last three years she has exhibited and sold in Venice, London, Paris, Geneva and Bordeaux. Commissions for her abstract work can be seen in the Rococo Gardens Painswick, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, and the Kruidberg Estate in the Netherlands. It will also include pieces from Susie Wilson fresh from exhibiting at Cheltenham Festival 2018.

Doddington Hall, an example of a fine late Elizabethan mansion was completed in 1600 and has never been sold since. It is still a lived-in and much-loved family home, and alive with history and interest. In 2007, Antony and Victoria Jarvis passed Doddington to their eldest daughter Claire, and her husband James. They are the latest generation to enjoy the role of ‘guardian’ to Doddington Hall.

Added Claire: “During those 400 years, as you can imagine, the family has amassed an interesting collection of furniture, paintings, textiles and ceramics, which makes Doddington the perfect setting for a sculpture exhibition.”

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.