Driftwood foal trots into the Botanic Garden for Easter
Press release issued: 27 March 2013
The University of Bristol Botanic Garden Easter sculpture exhibition will take place from Good Friday [29 March] to Easter Monday [April 1].
The wood, stone, metalwork, ceramics, steel and stained glass sculptures will be sited in strategic positions around the garden forming a sculpture trail. Each area has been carefully chosen to create a site of unique character in which the artists will display their work.
Inspired by the natural beauty of the garden, the sculptors taking part in the exhibition include Heather Jansch, Tom Clark, Aurora Pozniakow, Emma Jean Kemp, Karen Edwards, Adele Christensen, Willa Ashworth, Jude Goss, Susan Long, Julian P. Warren, Ian (Spike) Woods and Pete Moorhouse.
This year, thanks to model company the Jollyroger, the garden will also have a prehistoric dinosaur model positioned in the evolution of land plants display. Local artist, Clare Wyatt, will also be drawing in the garden on Good Friday and children will be welcome to join in.
Nick Wray, Curator of the Botanic Garden, said: “This exhibition enables visitors to see the uniqueness of the plant collections at the Botanic Garden in a different light, as a context for displaying sculpture inspired by the natural world.
“The garden provides the stimulus and setting to inspire students and provide a backdrop to their work in a range of educational artistic activities.”
The sculptors have been selected on the basis of the range of mediums used to illustrate possibilities and inspire students who visit the Botanic Garden.
One educational opportunity available at the garden is the regular botanical illustration course, taught by Jenny Brooks, which draws on the minute detail contained in the natural world.
The 28-week course gives students the opportunity to build up their skills and accurately capture the seasonal beauty of plants. A number of small artistic groups also visit the garden each year.
A major theme at the garden is the study of pollination. This is achieved in a highly creative manner by the installations of willow weavers dotted around the garden. A different way of capturing the garden’s surprises is through the camera lens. In particular, the Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden offers plenty of inspiration with its architectural plants, bamboo laing and moon gate.
The Botanic Garden has a strong evolutionary theme and cultivates over 4,500 plant species forming four core collections that illustrate plant evolution, plants from Mediterranean climates, useful plants and rare and threatened native plants to the Bristol area.
Star attractions include an amazing dell demonstrating the evolution of land plants including the dinosaurs’ favourite plants: ginkgos, cycads, tree ferns, monkey puzzles and Wolly, the Wollemi Pine. Other delights include the Chinese and Western herb gardens and an inspiring display of plants illustrating floral diversity.
Sculpture at the University Botanic Garden will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Good Friday, 29 March until Easter Monday, 1 April. Light refreshments will be available.
Entry to the Botanic Garden and sculpture exhibition is £3.50 adults; free to University staff and retired staff, Friends of the Botanic Garden, students and children under 16.
Further informationThe University of Bristol Botanic Garden at The Holmes will open to the public with its new 2013 programme from the Easter weekend, Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm.
Workshops by sculptors taking place over the weekend include:
Friday 29 March at 10 am – local artist Clare Wyatt will be drawing in the garden and children will be welcome to join in.
Saturday 30 March – metalwork artist, Julian.P.Warren.
Monday 1 April - Somerset stone carver and sculptor, Tom Clark.
Opening times for the Botanic Garden:
April and May. Open Monday to Friday and Sunday from 10 am to 4.30pm.
June, July, August and September. Open Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4.30 pm.
Admission is £3.50 adults; free to University staff and retired staff, Friends of the Botanic Garden, students and children under 16.
The garden also offers private day, evening and weekend guided tours for groups and gardening or any other leisure clubs. Please contact the garden for further information. There is a charge for the guide.
Directions to the Botanic Garden
From the city centre go to the top of Whiteladies Road, at the junction and traffic lights go straight ahead across Durdham Down towards Stoke Bishop. At the traffic lights go straight ahead and take the first turning on the right into Stoke Park Road, The Botanic Garden at the Holmes is 150 m on the right.
Members of the public wishing to support the work of the Botanic Garden should join the Friends of the Garden. For more information go to www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/BotanicGardens/friends/who.htm or write to Susan Redfern, The Membership Secretary, 24 Dublin Crescent, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4NA.