Heralded as the first of it's kind in the UK, The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Ockley, Surrey has been exhibiting sculpture in a truly unique and magical environment for over 30 years. Broadleaved plants and mature trees support, frame and enhance a changing collection of contemporary sculpture in the stunning garden that owner/creator Hannah Peschar and her husband - the award-winning landscape designer Anthony Paul created over 30 years ago.
The Sculpture Garden now hosts over 200 pieces by 50 plus artists from Britain and the rest of Europe every summer season. From traditional carved stone & woods, cast & welded metals, to more contemporary materials such as glass and fired clay - every material that can be shown outside is exhibited here in a huge variety of styles and themes. Figurative, organic and abstract - there is something for everyone.
High at the top of the moss steps, Alison Crowther’s ‘Ellipsoid’ calmly rests amongst the moss. Painstakingly carved from Oak, the piece feels at one with its surroundings as it surveys the rest of the Sculpture Garden.
Alison Crowther has been carving sculpture and sculptural seating for over twenty years. Her knowledge and sensitivity for the giant plants is clear thought her work as she uses traditional tools to draw attention to the features that occur naturally in the wood.
2016 is somewhat of a landmark year for the Sculpture Garden. Having made the hard decision to retire at the end of 2015, Hannah Peschar has passed the reigns of the gallery to Vikki Leedham, who started as Hannah’s assistant seven years ago. Now working as co-curator and gallery manager, she is proud to re-energise the Sculpture Garden.
Working in partnership with Anthony Paul, they have reinforced what makes the Garden so unique and magical - the powerful relationship between art and nature. In the largest exhibition to date, Anthony and Vikki have carefully and meticulously curated this year’s exhibition to ensure that every single piece (of over 200 on show) is placed with harmony and synergy within it’s environment. The result is a show that takes the viewer on a magical journey through art and nature. Part of the joy is discovering pieces hidden in secluded parts of the garden; creating surprise and intrigue at every turn.
Summer 2016 also sees the addition of some new events. An artist in Residence worked on site in early July. Lee Borthwick creates sculpture with found wood - slices of branches, twigs and trunks - and marries them with painstakingly cut mirrored steel to create beautiful organic pieces. Lee utilised wood found on site to create new work - which she is now working on in her London studio to be installed at a later date.
Renowned wood sculptor Walter Bailey will be exhibiting a large selection of work in his solo show ‘The Sheltering Earth’ on the Cottage Lawn and throughout the Sculpture Garden from 23rd July onwards. Walter has been carving wood for several decades, and his work can be found all over the world as public art and private collections. Working with hand tools, chainsaws and fire, his work celebrates the natural world and the forces acting within.
The exhibition runs for 7 months over the summer season. The garden plays host to a number of schools, art and garden clubs, societies and other groups. Visitors often return year after year to see the ever-changing collection
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden is open until the end of October on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 6pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm. The Garden remains closed on Mondays, but is open by appointment only for 4 or more adults from Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There is an admission charge of £10 adults, £8 concessions and £7 children. Group rates are available for large bookings and school visits.