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 Works of Art in Creation - Watch Sculptors As They Create Their Exhibits at University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Gudrun Nielsen's fully assembled 'Memory'.

Works of Art in Creation - Watch Sculptors As They Create Their Exhibits at University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Members of the public will be able to see sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists at the moment of creation at the University of Leicester’s Harold Martin Botanic Garden in Oadby, Leicester.

During the weeks running up to the opening on 9 July of the outdoor exhibition: Sculpture in the Garden: a Celebration of the RBS Centenary, people will be able to watch as five artists put together their sculptures, which will form part of an exhibition by 42 sculptors in all. The exhibition celebrates 100 years of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

  • Icelandic artist, Gudrun Nielsen will assemble a 3.2m high Japanese tea room in the garden.
  • Professor Adam Farkas, Rector of Hungary University of Fine Arts, will build a 1.5m sculpture from the contents of seven small boxes .
  • Lorna Green, a site-specific and environmental artist, will create a river of coloured local stones and wood.
  • Joan Edlis, a UK-based American artist, will create connecting cylindrical rooms of willow rods that allow visitors to enter and like Alice in Wonderland – experience shifts in spatial dimensions.
  • Sophie Dickens, who will create wooden tree figures that take an upside-down view of the world.

Sculpture in the Garden: a Celebration of the RBS Centenary will run from Saturday 9 July to Monday 26 September. It will exhibit work by UK and international artists from countries as far afield as Iceland, Switzerland, Germany and Hungary in the peace and tranquillity of the landscaped gardens, only three miles from Leicester’s city centre.

The Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) is a society for professional sculptors from around the world, founded in 1904 by a group of eminent sculptors of the day. First granted in 1911, royal patronage continues today with HM Queen Elizabeth II.

A registered charity, it promotes the art of sculpture, particularly the widespread understanding of contemporary work. Leading sculptors involved over the years include Sir Hamo Thorneycroft, Alfred Gilbert, Ivor Roberts-Jones, Dame Elizabeth Frink, Michael Kenny, Sir Anthony Caro, Eduardo Chillida, Richard Serra, Philip King, Allen Jones, Michael Sandle and many others. The RBS is now a thriving community of artists, some at the pinnacle of their profession, others starting out on their careers or still students.

Artists who plan to exhibit in Sculpture in the Garden: a Celebration of the RBS Centenary include:

Carole Andrews, Mary Anstee Parry, Sally Arnup, Barbara Ash, Patrick Barker, Jay Battle, Olivia Clifton Bligh, John Sydney Carter, Sophie Dickens, Stephen Duncan, Wendy Earle, Joan Edlis, Prof Alan Farkas, Lorna Green, Joe Hillier, Simon Hitchins, Deidre Hubbard, Polly Ionides, Dilys Jackson, Giles Kent, Beat Kriemler, Robert Kögell, Paul Frank Lewthwaite, Bridget McCrum, Dianne McLean, Janet McLeod, Barry Mason, Charlotte Mayer, Ruth Moilliet, Terry New, Peter Newsome, Gudrun Nielsen, Eric Stanford, Christy Symington, Almuth Tebbenhoff, Guy Thomas, Jeremy C Turner, Marcus Vergette, Sheila Vollmer, Johannes Von Stumm, Graham Williams, David Worthington.

The exhibition has been co-ordinated by Professor Bill Forster, University of Leicester, Helaine Blumenfeld, Vice-President of the RBS and Jacquelyn Murphy, RBS Exhibitions and Event Manager.

The setting, the University’s Harold Martin Botanic Garden, comprises the grounds of four houses, which were built early in the 20th century and are now used as student residences. The four once-separate gardens have been merged into a single entity. Its 16 acres display an array of interesting features, including 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.

The gardens, which are open to the public free of charge all year round, are the site of scientific research carried out by students and SEED (Support for Education in Environment and Development), the education programme of the University of Leicester Botanic Garden.

The exhibition, Sculpture in the Garden: a Celebration of the RBS Centenary, at the University of Leicester is open to the public, free of charge (except on special occasions) daily from 10am to 4pm, from 9 July until Monday 26 September.

The University of Leicester Harold Martin Botanic Garden is situated about 3 miles south-east of Leicester city centre, opposite Leicester Racecourse. Buses 29, 30/31 or 80 from the City or Station go to Glebe Road. By car, head for the junction of the A6 and the A563 (outer ring road) - the Garden backs on to the roundabout at this junction. Use the Glebe Road entrance.


Further information is available from Professor Bill Forster, University of Leicester, email, or from Jacquelyn Murphy, Exhibition and Events Manager, RBS Gallery, Royal British Society of Sculptors, tel 020 7373 5554, fax 020 7370 3721, email


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