Oxford Sculptors Group exhibition at Greys Court

Pink clematis walk in the walled gardens

After the success of last years exhibition, the Oxford Sculptors Group will be returning to Greys Court to dsiplay new works in the walled garden, the Cromwellian building and, for the first time this year, in the house. 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 from Sat 2 Jun until Sun 24 June.

The artworks, which include figurative works, animals and abstracts, will be displayed throughout the walled garden, including the Rose Garden, and smaller pieces will also be displayed in the internal spaces of the loggia in the White Garden and the recently restored Tudor Cromwellian building.

OSG member Matin Lorenz says: "The inspiration comes from the traditional sources: human, animal and nature but the interpretations extend to the unexpected and the downright zany."

The exhibits

The artworks include large and small scale works in materials including stone, metal and ceramics. For instance, 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 Ketih Appleby, whose contemporary work in wood is inspired by the sea. Ketih 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." 

About the group

The Oxford Sculptors Group was formed in 2002 and now has around 80 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.  

Oxford Sculptors Group in the House

This year the Oxford Sculptors Group will be displaying select works in the house alongside the permanent collection at Greys Court. Lady Brunner was a longtime lover of the arts, and commissioned many works in her lifetime, some of which are now on display at Greys Court.

16th century Swiss table in the entrance hall, Greys Court
The entrance hall in the Greys Court house leading to the stairway
16th century Swiss table in the entrance hall, Greys Court

See interspersed with the collection new, contemporary pieces created by the Oxford Suclptors Group, celebrating local art and creativity inspired by Lady Brunners own art patronage.

Special house opening times

Throughout the exhibition period, the house will open for freeflow from 11 until 1 on the ground floor, so you can view the works on display in the house. Both floors will be open from 1 until 4:30.

Pop-up volunteer talks

Talks held by volunteers about the history of Lady Brunner and the art at Greys Court will take place in front of the house, where available, throughout the exhibition period. It's a great opportunity to learn more about the art history of Greys Court and it's residents, whilst viewing the contemporary works being displayed by the Oxford Sculptors Group.

Ask at Visitor Reception on arrival for more details. 

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, please head to the pay point available in the Cromwellian Building where a volunteer will be able to help you with your purchase. 

The Oxford Sculptors Group will be displaying their works at Greys Court from Sat 2 June until Sunday 24 June.