Sculpture at Scotney
In January 2018 we will be launching the start of our new sculpture programme within the gardens. The area in the garden was originally home to a piece by Henry Moore and the new installation will sit in the same place using the castle as a perfect backdrop for the work.
In January our first piece will be from London based artist, Katerina Porter with her sculpture, Hungarian Ballet Dancer. This piece has previously been on display in the Sculpt at Kew exhibition at Kew Gardens and from January will take up its new home for six months at Scotney Castle.
" When I first heard about the project to reintroduce art to the base built for a Henry Moore sculpture at Scotney Castle, I was delighted to take part. I chose my piece, Hungarian Ballet Dancer, as I felt it would be right for the site and would bring pleasure to those who come to see it."
Our brand new art programme has a close connection to the art in Scotney's past. The castle, house, garden and estate create the perfect picture themselves, forming part of Edwards Hussey III's Picturesque vision.
In 1977, Henry Moore loaned his bronze sculpture, Three Piece Reclining Figure to Betty Hussey as a tribute to her husband Christopher Hussey. The piece was located on a plinth on an island within the moat for many years but has since been returned to the Henry Moore Foundation. During Christopher and Betty's time living at Scotney Castle they had many good friends and artists visit them. Many of these works of art are still displayed in the house today. In particular these included pieces by John Ward, John Piper and Osbert Lancaster.
Here to stay
Katerina's piece will sit within the garden for six months until the end of June, after this a rolling programme will allow other artisits to display their work. The Hungarian Ballet Dancer can be seen free of charge after property admission has been paid.