Art Season at Greys Court

Pink clematis walk in the walled gardens

Please note this article is from 2019. We are still finalising this year's plans and will be updating the website soon. 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. 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 bookable art classes.

Please note this article is from 2019 and is now out of date. We are still finalising this year's plans and will be updating the website soon.

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." 

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.