Sculpture in the Vineyard will be Oxfordshire’s largest exhibition of its kind this year:
200 outdoor sculptures, produced by 35 local and UK-wide artists, will be sited around the 7 acre grounds of the county’s oldest vineyard, drawing visitors through the vines, orchard and wildlife areas. These large sculptures depicting a wide a variety of subjects and styles will be on public view, variously made from glass, bronze, marble and stone, wire-mesh and composites. A further 50 indoor sculptures will be on show in the working winery so that visitors will be able to admire the artwork in between the
fermentation tanks, barrels and press.
Planning has been in progress for months. It is spearheaded and coordinated by Lendon Scantlebury, a Wantage-based sculptor, art restorer and bon vivant. Lendon is an experienced event organizer, art curator and the driving force behind the very successful sculpture exhibition in Bothy in 2013 and at Ardington last year.
The exhibition is being organized in aid of the Nasio Trust, which is run by Nancy Hunt (winner of the 2014 Inspirational Women of the Year Award). This Abingdon-based charity links young people in the UK and Kenya, improving their lives by funding and arranging positive activities in both countries.
Bothy Vineyard is near Abingdon and only 6 miles from Oxford. Sian Liwicki of Bothy Vineyard said, “Our first exhibition was a dream come true and we are thrilled to host Sculpture in the Vineyard again. We are fortunate to have a lovely site which is just perfect for growing vines, but for three weeks it will be transformed by beautiful and
innovative works of art. The public can taste our fabulous wines and leave with a greater appreciation of wine growing in England.”
Richard Liwicki, winemaker of Bothy Vineyard’s award winning wines, added, “I have been a supporter of the Nasio Trust for several years and this a perfect opportunity for us link three very different passions in our life – art, wine and making a difference to society.”
Sculpture in the Vineyard will be open between 11-6 on 23-25 May, 27-31 May and 3-7 June. Entry and parking are free. All sculptures are for sale. Wine and other refreshments will be available throughout the day. To preview the sculptures, visit
www.bothyvineyard.co.uk/sculpture from May onwards.
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