Sunday 14th June – Sunday 5th July 2009
Quenington Old Rectory, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5BN
Fresh Air 09 sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight.
Patricia Volk: Totem Head, ceramic/acrylicThe ninth Fresh Air biennial sculpture exhibition, featuring 90 artists will take place in the 5-acre garden of Quenington Old Rectory, curated by the Quenington Sculpture Trust from Sunday 14th June to Sunday 5th
July 2009. A range of disciplines will be on view from bronzes, glass, stone, ceramic, fabric, plastic and resin to multi-media installations.
Bordered on one side by the quintessential Cotswold village of Quenington, and on the other by mature trees and the beauty of the river Coln, this idyllic spot has been the site of the biennial ‘Fresh Air’ sculpture
exhibition since 1992. The hosts of the exhibition, David and Lucy Abel Smith, have recently built a circular free-standing library by the river, decorated and furnished by some of their favourite artists.
Sculpture seen in private surroundings is very different from public art.
The setting provides a unique opportunity to witness how the changing light, weather and surrounding foliage affect sculpture throughout the
seasons. Each piece is consciously placed to provoke maximum thought and surprise and to convey a particular atmosphere.
The Quenington Sculpture Trust is a registered charity that promotes, sells and encourages the commissioning of work. Prices range from £50 to £12,000 with one or two more expensive pieces up to £35,000. About 30 of
the exhibiting artists are new to Fresh Air. The aim is to give pleasure, create new ideas and show the rich diversity of contemporary art on offer rarely found in a single location.
Innovative emerging sculptors exhibit alongside the more established. Foundation Year students from Gloucestershire University are showing their graduation pieces as part of their exam not far from Bridget McCrum’s fine bronzes, Angela Thwaites’ translucent and enigmatic vegetal forms and the jeweller, Wendy Ramshaw’s design for a gate. Uniquely British this show is not, although the cost of transport is a problem, and this year there is work from Ashish Ghosh, the celebrated conceptual artist from India, Nicholas
Ulhmann and Greg Johns from Australia as well as the contemplative work of Takeshi Nagasaki.
Groundbreaking in 2009 is an inter-disciplinary workshop between the music department at York University led by the composer, Roger Marsh and the
University of the Arts, London led by Stephen Williams.
The installations created by these 10 young artists will be on show throughout the gardens.
With the long-term aim of encouraging patronage and collecting in the arts, ECCO! (Encouraging Children to Collect Objects) is set to take place again. It was started at the last biennial to encourage a culture of collecting in the young. Those aged 18 and under were able to buy a small sketch or maquette donated by exhibiting artists for under £60. This was an
outstanding success with nearly all the work sold.
Fresh Air 2007 attracted over 7,500 visitors. The Quenington Sculpture Trust is supported by the Arts Council, the Ernest Cook Trust and New Brewery Arts in Cirencester.
The exhibition is open from 10am – 5pm every day.
Admission is £2.50 for adults. Catalogues are £5 each.
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