University of Leicester eBulletin

Sculpture in the Botanic Garden: Another First for Leicester

July 2002
No 143

The University of Leicester has installed a public exhibition of sculpture, including works by internationally acclaimed artists, at its Harold Martin Botanic Garden in Oadby – a first for Leicestershire.

The summer exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will give people the opportunity to buy the sculptures  - some of which weigh as much as one ton.

A total of 32 sculptures in a wide variety of materials have been installed in the 16-acre garden which in itself provides a visual treat for visitors. The exhibition is open from July 7 until the end of August.  

Professor Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester said: “We are delighted to present such a prestigious exhibition of sculpture – some of it on a large scale – in the beautiful setting of the University’s Botanic Garden. It is another indication of the University’s commitment to the arts and an example of how we are able to enrich the life of city and the region.”  

Heavenly Bodies by Derek Carruthers
Heavenly Bodies - Painted Wood Relief
Derek Carruthers

An internationally acclaimed sculptor who is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Leicester in July is one of the artists whose work will be featured in the summer exhibition.

Dr Helaine Blumenfeld, who will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University as an acknowledgement of her contribution of the visual arts, has been instrumental in setting up the exhibition and will be showing “Venus” and “Shadow figures: Dialogue” in the Sculpture in the Garden exhibition.  

Her work has been exhibited widely in the UK, Italy and the USA and she has provided major public sculptures in the USA and France. In 1990 she donated a sculpture “Souls” to the University and contributed to the recent “Body in Mind” exhibition at the University’s Richard Attenborough Centre.

Speaking of her long relationship with the University of Leicester, Helaine Blumenfeld said: “I am delighted to be awarded the honorary degree of DLitt from the University. My association with the University began in 1989, creating a sculpture to be placed on the lawn in front of the Fielding Johnson Building. That led to many visits to the University and eventually, in September 1990, to the installation of the two-part bronze sculpture, “Souls”.

Venus by Helaine Blumenfeld
Venus - Bronze
Helaine Blumenfeld FRBS

“In the years since then I have seen the University become increasingly committed to the arts. I was thrilled with the establishment of the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts and for the many fine exhibits and concerts that have taken place there since then.

“I am now, at the request of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess, actively involved in organising this sculpture exhibition in the Harold Martin Botanic Garden. This will be the first step towards developing a ‘Sculpture Trail’ on the University campus. I feel honoured and privileged to be part of what I see as a recognition of the profoundly important role art plays in our day-to-day lives.”

“Sculpture in the Garden”, which is planned as the first of a series of sculpture exhibitions the University hopes to hold in future years, includes more than 30 sculptures including by artists such as Paul Lewthwaite, who has exhibited in New York, Dallas, Vienna and Madrid, Johannes von Stumm, whose work has been on show in the UK, Belgium, Holland, Japan and Germany, and Deirdre Hubbard, who studied at Harvard University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1957 and winning the Sohier Prize.

Germination by Paul Lewthwaite
Germination - Steel on Stone
Paul Lewthwaite

“Sculpture in the Garden” opens on Sunday 7 July and will run until 31 August 2002.  Opening hours are 10 am-4 pm daily, and the exhibition is open to the public and free except during special events. It will include a sculpture trail for school parties and children with families. Entrance is through the Knoll Gate, on Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicestershire.

For further information please contact the University of Leicester Press and Public Relations Office, telephone 0116 252 2415, facsimile 0116 252 2485, email  

Horse and Rider by Tessa Pullan
Horse and Rider - Bronze
Tessa Pullan FRBS SEA


Gate by Johannes von Stumm
Gate - Steel, Glass and Stone 
Johannes von Stumm ARBS

Sculpture in the Garden – List of artists and sculptures:


Title of piece

Paula Armstrong (3)

Ceramic Heads

Martyn Barratt (2)

Blue Planet


Helaine Blumenfeld (2)


Shadow figures: Dialogue

Derek Carruthers

Heavenly Bodies

John Carter (3)


Heron Form

Sea Form

Bob Dawson


Bill Forster (5)






Miles Halpin (3)

Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge



Derek Howarth


Deirdre Hubbard

Amazon 1

Paul Lethwaite


Christopher Marvell

Man and Cat

Gudrun Nielsen

Echo (2 parts)

Tessa Pullan

Horse and Rider

Frances Segelman (3)

Angel 1

Angel 2

Angel 3

Andrew Smith


Rosalind Stoddart


Mr Richard Thornton

River Rhythm

Johanne von Stumm (2)




[above] Ceramic Heads - Stoneware Clay 
Paula Armstrong
Echo by Gudrun Nielsen
[above] Echo - Wood
Gudrun Nielsen FRBS
Man and Cat by Christopher MarvellFisherman by John Carter FFS, ARBS
[above left] Man and Cat - Bronze  Christopher Marvell
[above right] Fisherman - Bronze  John Carter FFS, ARBS

NOTES TO EDITORS:   Photographs of the exhibition are welcomed at any time during opening hours, by arrangement with Dr Richard Gornall, Director of the Harold Martin Botanic Garden, telephone 0116 252 3394/0116 271 2933, facsimile 0116 252 3330, email

Further information on “Sculpture in the Garden” is available from Professor Bill Forster, telephone 01780 460609, email, or from Dr Richard Gornall, Director of the Harold Martin Botanic Garden, contact details as above.  

Angel 2 - Polished Steel
Frances Segelman ARBS

Enclose by Rosalind Stoddart
Enclose - Painted Mild Steel  Rosalind 
sculpture by Bill ForsterAmazon 1 by Deirdre Hubbard
[above left] One of a five sculptures in the exhibition by Bill Forster
[above right[ Amozon 1 - Bronze Resin  Deirdre Hubbard FRBS
River Rhythm by Richard Thornton
River Rhythm - Stainless Steel/Copper
Richard Thornton
Siren by Derek Howarth
Siren - Bronze
Derek Howarth ARBS
sculptures by Miles Halpin
Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge (foreground) -
Steel and Wood 
Pod (background) - Steel 
Miles Halpin
Lotus by Bob Dawson
Lotus - fibreglass
Bob Dawson
Ring by Martyn Barratt ARBS
Ring - Cedar Wood
Martyn Barratt ARBS
sculpture pics on this page by Paul Smith
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