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FRESH AIR 2013 - Quenington Sculpture Exhibition from 16 June - 7 July 2013
FRESH AIR 2013
11th Biennale Quenington Sculpture Exhibition 16th June - 7th July 2013
Quenington Old Rectory
Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5BN T 01285 750 358
FRESH AIR 2013, one of the UK’s leading outdoor sculpture shows, takes place at Quenington Old Rectory, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5BN from Sunday 16th June to Sunday 7th July 2013.
As a taster and for a virtual tour of some of the sculptures and exhibits at FRESH AIR 2013 please click the You Tube icon:
The purpose of the biennale FRESH AIR sculpture exhibition is ‘to wash the dust from the soul of everyday life’. Where else can you find a combination of brilliantly coloured sound reflector sculptures, a newly composed digital audio sound-track and a trapeze artist forming a heart-lifting art installation under a huge copper beech tree? The exquisite 5-acre garden and river at Quenington Old Rectory form a stunning stage setting for the most exciting and eagerly-awaited sculpture show in the country.
Art for the garden has now become main-stream but in order to compete with the richness and colour of nature, outdoor sculpture has had to evolve in surprising and delightful directions since the very first FRESH AIR show in 1992. Over 12,000 people visited FRESH AIR 2011. This year’s line-up includes 91 international artists combining established and inspiring new talent (31 are new this year) using a combination of conventional and unusual materials. Prices range from £50 to £20,000 with one or two more expensive pieces up to £50,000.
Exciting work by new exhibitors to encourage the viewer to ‘think out of the box’ include Jelly Shoes by Tom Hackett, an installation of 1,000 cast silicone jelly shoe sculptures forming a circular floor piece; The Absent Man by Shinichi Kaneko using cement and pigment; colourful ceramic porcelain thorns assembled over the trunk and branches of a tree by Natalia Dias; and The Red Place by Alison Thistlethwaite, a red cube framework conceived as a quiet space for reflection.
Look out for Launch by Rebecca Newnham, inspired by bird flight; brightly coloured sculptural lamps made from silicone cupcake cases hung within the canopy of a tree by Taz Lovejoy; a swing-seat made from oak by Andrew Trotman; a lifesize driftwood bronze foal by Heather Jansch; and Dorcas Casey’s extraordinary fabric stag.
The river Coln flowing through the garden provides an extra platform for artists influenced by water such as Jacque Pavlosky’s installation of floating glass bottles; wildlife sculptor Adam Binder’s majestic bronze swan; and Submergence made of high fired porcelain by Jo Taylor which is being designed to fit in the swimming pool. Other innovative work to look out for are glass sculpture by Matt Durran; Strange Flower in striped clear and red glass by Colin Reid and Plantain II in hand blown opal white glass by Colin Hawkins.
Established artists who regularly exhibit at FRESH AIR include
Terence Coventry, Mo Farquharson, Wendy Hoare, Carole Peace, Patricia Volk and Carole Waller.
The Quenington Sculpture Trust, FRESH AIR’s registered charity since 1997, provides bursaries to talented artists and this year Rob Olins is presenting Sound Mirrors, an installation which includes intermittent performances by trapeze artist Alice Watson bringing together the grace and elegance of dance with the strength and focus of aerial acrobatics. The Trust receives a grant from the Arts Council and is generously supported by Cotswold District Council, Ernest Cook Trust, Strutt & Parker and the Summerfield Trust.
FRESH AIR runs an impressive education programme accommodating over 850 children including workshops for the disabled and special needs schools. Many children from primary and secondary schools in the region visit the show giving them a unique opportunity to enjoy the excitement of art, probably for the first time in their lives.
Another new departure this year is a pop-up restaurant at FRESH AIR to be held on two Friday and Saturday nights (21/22/28/29 June) during the exhibition. Allium, Fairford’s renowned restaurant for Modern British food, will be ‘creating extraordinary food in an extraordinary setting’ for up to 70 covers per night. For reservations please call 01285 712200.
FRESH AIR is open from 10am – 5pm including weekends. Admission is £2.50 for adults, children free.
Catalogues are £5 each.
Light lunches and snacks available in the refreshment tent. Visit www.freshair2013.com for further information.
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