Sculpture at Scotney
In January 2018 we launched our new sculpture programme within the gardens. The area in the garden was originally home to a piece by Henry Moore and each new installation will sit in the same place using the castle as a perfect backdrop for the work.
This July we welcome our second piece from Shropshire based artist, Simion Conolly, with his sculpture 'Hopping Down', an installation comprising 33 hop pickers. This will help to celebrate the tradition of hop picking in the area, with Little Scotney Farm being the last working hop farm within the National Trust.
Our 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
Simon's piece will sit within the garden for six months until the end of December, after this a rolling programme will allow other artisits to display their work. Hopping Down can be seen free of charge after property admission has been paid.
Throughout September guided walks will be running from Scotney Castle to see the hop gardens, picking shed, drying oast and hoppers huts. You can also sample ale brewed from hops on your return. Click here to find out more.