Art Season at Greys Court

Pink clematis walk in the walled gardens

Lady Brunner was a longtime patron of the arts, and it is in this spirit that we celebrate local art and artists at Greys Court in June. Local artists from the Oxford Sculptors Group will be exhibiting in the gardens, with sculpture demonstrations and a children's trail, and artist Paul Robbens will be hosting art classes every Wednesday.

Art Classes with Paul Robbens

Artist Paul Robbens will be hosting art classes every Wednesday in June, from 10am - 4pm. Join Paul for a day of painting, drawing and creativity, with lunch provided.

Tickets are £50 for each class, please book online here

The Oxford Sculptors Group: Exploring Form

The Oxford Sculptors Group was formed in 2002 and now has around 90 established sculptors based in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties. The group includes many full-time professional sculptors, as well as some self-taught artists. They have put on exhibitions in a number of other National Trust properties, as well as at various art weeks and within art galleries. 

'The Kindness of Strangers' 2018
One of the sculptures to be shown in this year's exhibition
'The Kindness of Strangers' 2018

They will be exhibiting their work in the gardens, loggia and Cromwellian building at Greys Court, with a children's trail around the gardens. 

Please note that to protect the plants inside, dogs are not permitted in the walled gardens.

The artworks include large and small scale works in materials including stone, metal and ceramics. Artist John Nicholls will be exhibiting his figurative sandstone sculpture, amongst others. He says: "I like to combine simplicity of line, balance, curves and shadow lines to create a pleasing shape, representing nothing but itself."

Keith Appleby's 'Rock Pool Anemone'
Piece in wood created by Keith Appleby
Keith Appleby's 'Rock Pool Anemone'

Also exhibiting is Keith Appleby, whose contemporary work in wood is inspired by the sea. Keith says: "I like to explore the characterstics of the wood and develop forms based upon the natural patterns and shapes I uncover in the process." 

Sculpture Demonstrations

The Oxford Sculptors Group will be hosting some sculpture demonstrations next to the cromwellian building on these dates, subject to availability. The demonstrations will be held from 11am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 3.30pm next to the Cromwellian building. 

Friday 14 June – Wood carving

Saturday 15 June – Wood turning

Sunday 16 June – Wood turning

Tuesday 18 June – Wood carving

Friday 21 June – Stone carving

Saturday 22 – Clay modelling

Sunday 23 June – Clay modelling

Buying the sculptures

As well as being able to look at and admire the sculptures, visitors can also purchase any they particularly love, and have them delivered after the exhibition has finished.

If you want to buy a sculpture, pick up a catalogue to find the details and speak to a member of staff who will be able to help you with your purchase. 

The Oxford Sculptors Group's exhibition 'Exploring Form' will be on display at Greys Court from Saturday 1 June - Sunday 23 June.