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Dilys Jackson's 'Hiraeth', in steel and cast iron.


Welsh landscape is the inspiration behind one work in this year's sculpture exhibition

Issued on 06 July 2010

A tug at Welsh heart-strings is one of the sculptures featuring in ‘Heart, Head and Hands’, the ninth annual sculpture exhibition held by the University of Leicester in its Botanic Garden in Oadby, Leicester.

‘Hiraeth’ by internationally acclaimed Welsh sculptor, Dilys Jackson, was inspired by the mountains and rivers of Wales. Created from iron and steel, she says the work “echoes both the rivers flowing from the mountainsides and the haemoglobin that flows through our bodies.”

Roughly translated, ‘Hiraeth’ means a heartfelt longing for home.

Dilys Jackson, ARBS, works in stone, wood and metal at the Butetown Artists’ Studios in Cardiff and at Berllanderi Sculpture Workshop near Raglan.

She has worked and exhibited in Canada, America, Russia and across Europe.

‘Heart, Head and Hands’ features 63 sculptures by 41 sculptors from as far afield as the US, Iceland, Germany and Italy, as well as works by local and regional sculptors. The exhibition is well supported by the highly prestigious Royal British Society of Sculptors.

The exhibition is at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Glebe Road, Oadby until Sunday 19th September. The garden will be open free of charge, except for special open days (see the website for details).

Normal Botanic Garden opening times are 10am-4pm Monday-Friday all year (except for the Christmas-New Year period) and on Saturday and Sunday from the third weekend in March to the second weekend in November. The entrance to the Garden is in Glebe Road, Oadby.

Click here to download the brochure for the exhibition.

Notes to Editors: Click here to view a gallery of images from the exhibition.

University of Leicester Botanic Garden

The University’s Botanic Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the region. Established on its present site in Oadby in 1947. It comprises the grounds of four early 20th century houses now used as student residences.

The four once-separate gardens have been merged into 16 acres of cultivated grounds and greenhouses, displaying formal planting around a restored Edwardian garden, an arboretum, a herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden, the National Collections of Skimmia, Aubrieta, hardy Fuchsia and Lawson's Cypress, and a series of glasshouses displaying temperate and tropical plants, alpines and succulents.

For more information on ‘Heart, Head and Hands’ please contact:

Dr John Sydney Carter, Curator, tel 01858 545642, email

Stella Couloutbanis, Visual Arts Manager, Embrace Arts, RA centre, University of Leicester, email, tel 0116 223 1529


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