Expressions of Movement - Sculpture at The Grove, Hertfordshire

A sumo wrestler, Alice in Wonderland’s chair and a pair of sparring fencers... The Grove hosts an inspired sculpture exhibition and announces its first artistic bursary
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April 12, 2012 - PRLog -- The Grove in Hertfordshire (, London’s Country Estate, is opening its gardens and grounds this Summer to celebrate and champion one of the most exciting and dynamic art forms – Sculpture. The curator, Virginia Grub has invited 24 sculptors and artists, to create pieces which are loosely inspired by 2012’s two great events:  The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. The result is an engaging and surprising collection of 57 pieces together titled Expressions of Movement, which will be on show in The Grove’s formal gardens from 1 May – 30 September 2012.

The artists’ interpretations of the brief are fascinating and varied: from the obvious - Lucy Unwin's steel depiction of Ussain Bolt in his infamous lightning bolt pose and a set of regal thrones by Frances Segelman; to the more abstract - a brightly coloured elephant emblazoned with motifs of dancing gymnasts by Jill Berelowitz and quirky animal bronzes including a pair of boxing hares by Stephen Charlton.

With a further nod to the London Olympic Games, three of the BT Official 2012 artists will also exhibit their work – Christine Charlesworth, Michael Speller and Jeremy Houghton.

One of the underlying initiatives behind the exhibition is to encourage young graduate artists. Firstly by giving them a platform to exhibit alongside the more established members of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. And secondly, The Grove is delighted to announce its first artistic bursary, awarded to Louise Gibson.  The Edinburgh College of Art 2009 graduate will use the support to further develop her concept of experimental resin design, pioneering new and exciting methods.

Virginia Grub, curator of the exhibition and founder of Art Contact, a consultancy with 29 years of experience sourcing and commissioning art and sculpture for the workplace and the public arena, explains:

“We are delighted to be invited back to the Grove to curate our second sculpture exhibition ‘Expressions of Movement’. With the prolific events of 2012 in mind, the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee, we have selected 24 artists to include an interpretation of these two momentous events.  The result is exciting, eclectic and fun, for everyone to enjoy from children to adults.”    

The Grove has a qomkr rich artistic heritage which dates back to the 18th Century when it was the home of the Earls of Clarendon. Today, it is home to an astonishing collection of art and antiques – which complements the hotel’s ‘groovy grand’ interiors and deftly acknowledge the house’s history. The formal gardens were designed by acclaimed landscape architect Michael Balston, who took inspiration from the layout of the original 18th century gardens.

Come and interact with the sculptures whilst enjoying lunch or tea at the Grove. All sculptures and paintings on display will be available for sale, starting from £900.


NOTES: The Grove- London’s Country Estate – (Condé Nast Traveller UK Leisure Hotel and AA Hotel of the Year winner) is just 18 miles from Central London, with stunning contemporary interiors and relaxed friendly service.   Sequoia, the multi-award winning spa, was voted Best Spa in the World at The Telegraph Ultra Awards.  With three restaurants and 300 private acres – including a OFSTED registered kids club, woodland, formal gardens, a canal, 3 swimming pools, tennis courts, a championship golf course, a beach and the kitchen garden in the Walled Garden, the options for quality time are endless.

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Open to the public:   1st May – 30th September 2012 - daily

Admission:    visitors may enjoy the sculpture as part of a weekend or mid-week break at The Grove, a pre-dinner walk in the grounds or whilst enjoying a delicious afternoon tea in the Mansion lounges.

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