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Sculpture in the Garden 2003
University of Leicester International Sculpture Exhibition
July 5 - September 20

[Sculpture Exhibition 2003 catalogue cover]

Leicester's standing as a city of cultures is further enhanced by a prestigious exhibition of international sculpture set amidst one of the city's 'hidden jewels' - the University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Publication: Sculpture in the Garden [pdf file]

Exhibition Catalogue in pdf format:  
Part 1
     Part 2     Exhibition Map

Website: Sculpture in the Garden 2003

International Sculpture Exhibition, University of
Leicester [press release]

The immense success of the University of Leicester's 2002 Sculpture in the Garden exhibition has now led a group of international sculptors working in Pietrasanta, Tuscany, to respond to an invitation to send their work to be exhibited at the University this summer.

During the summer of 2002, the University of Leicester mounted an exhibition of sculpture in its Harold Martin Botanic Garden in which 19 sculptors showed 35 pieces of work.

About half the artists were those with established national and international reputations, the others busy establishing a reputation in the region. The catalogue of this exhibition may be viewed on The quality of the exhibition, and its setting in the beautifully landscaped 16-acre garden, attracted praise from the artists and the public alike.

With this encouragement, and in the knowledge that part of the University's mission is to contribute to the cultural life of the region and beyond, it was decided to mount another exhibition for the summer of 2003. Pietrasanta may be described as the heart of the world's marble industry and has traditionally attracted artisans and sculptors alike to work with the marble from the neighbouring quarries of Carrera - as it attracted Michelangelo. A close knit community centring on the quarrying, cutting, carving and polishing of stone has developed.   [Photo: 'Rhinoceros' - sculpture by Alexandra de Lazareff]
'Rhinoceros' by 
Alexandra de Lazareff

More than 500 sculptors work in Pietrasanta. This exhibition proposes to bring together the work of UK based sculptors with that of 20 Pietrasanta sculptors from 10 countries - Belgium, England, France, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.

The international standing of these sculptors, the fact that many of them will be showing in the UK for the first time, and the juxtaposition of their work with established UK artists, will make this exhibition unique. It will undoubtedly attract national attention.

"It will be a magnificent opportunity for the public to experience the sculptures of the 20 internationally acclaimed artists working in Pietrasanta," said Helaine Blumenfeld, FRBS, who is the co-curator of the show with Professor William Forster. "This small Tuscan community is for sculptors today what Montmartre was for painters in the early 20th century".   [Photo: 'Spring' by Viliano Tarabella]
'Spring' by Viliano Tarabella

Professor Forster, who is co-ordinating the contributions of the 17 sculptors who are based in England, believes that this exhibition will serve to render modern sculpture more accessible to the community. He believes that "the 35 sculptors participating in this show will be conducting a visual discussion between Abstraction, Figuration and The Surreal".

The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge (except on special occasions), from 5th July to 20th September, daily from 10am to 4pm.

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, you need 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. [Photo: 'Transformation - Tree of Life' by Helaine Blumenfeld]
'Transformation - Tree of Life' by Helaine Blumenfeld, FRBS

Sculptors exhibiting will include:

Paula Armstrong, Martyn Barratt, Hanneke Beaumont, Michele Benedetto, Nicolas Bertoux, Helaine Blumenfeld, John Carter, Bob Dawson, Park Eun-Sun, Bill Forster, Mel Fraser, Maria Gamundi, Anat Golandski, Eppe de Haan, Miles Halpin, Barbara Hodgkins, Derek Howarth, Deirdre Hubbard, Esther Joseph, Alexandra de Lazareff, Gudrun Nielsen, Shelley Robson, Roberto Santo, Cynthia Sah, Aart Schonk, Christine Sielcken, Matthew Simmonds, Carol Sinclair, Andrew Smith, Knut Steen, Eva Steiner, Rosalind Stoddart, Johannes von Stumm, Richard Thornton and Viliano Tarabella.

Further information from Barbara Wright, telephone 0116 252 2323.

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