Creative sculptors showcasing work at picturesque Cotswold garden this summer

For three whole months a beautiful garden in the Cotswolds will be a transformed into a paradise of creativity.

Called Creating Space 2024, the event by the Cotswold Sculptors Association will see nearly 300 sculptors for visitors to discover at The Garden at Miserden. Running from Saturday May 18 to Sunday August 18, the event is an opportunity for people to enjoy their own passion for sculptures, gardens and photography.

Returning to Miserden for a third year, the exhibition of new sculptures are framed by the changing colours of the growing garden especially for an extended three month summer opening.

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Located at the gardens and also indoors with a free exhibition at the Miserden Club Room in the village, the sculptures are abstract and figurative work, stone and wood carving, bronze and metal, ceramics, textiles, mosaic, glass and more.

Designed in the 17th century by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, The Garden at Miserden is well known for its mixed borders and a wide range of roses, clematis, shrub and herbaceous plants providing colour from spring through to autumn. Lots of the sculptors are based in Gloucestershire and the wider Cotswolds but there are others from other parts of the UK who have come to showcase their work, including Mark Bowman from Northumberland.

A selection of the sculptures on display
A selection of the sculptures on display -Credit:Will Luker, Evie Tallon and Abigail Wilson

A full time sculptor for about a year, Mark said: "This is a way of showing support to us as sculptors because it's a chance to get together. Sculpting is a very personal activity and depending on what your work is or your history, you haven't actually got a boss telling you what to do! I've been doing bits and pieces since I was a boy and I've enjoyed it ever since."

As an international award-winning contemporary sculptor specialising in stone, Debs Harrison is a founding member of the Cotswold Sculptors Assocation and is based in Gloucester. "My sculptures can take from two weeks to three months and as you increase your skill it can take longer but when I first began to carve stone I knew I could do it so I have committed myself. I am excited for people to see my latest pieces because you do break new ground and the creativity does have a healing effect."

Jenny Baddeley from the Cotswold Sculptors Association says the event is not just an opportunity to exhibit for artists but also "about sharing your work with the world."

With around 150 Cotswold Sculptors Association members (around 70 taking part at Miserden), Jenny said: "This is a beautiful location and Miserden overlooks beautiful Cotswold countryside. The sculptures will be full of variety and they work together very well with the garden's colour." Nicholas Wills, owner of Miserden said: “It’s clear the artists feel the magic of exhibiting at Miserden and draw inspiration from the surrounding landscape. I’m looking forward to another fabulous summer.”

Entry costs £12 Adults and is free for children under 16 yrs. There is a free indoor exhibition (in the village Club Room) and opening times between May and August are Wednesday to Sunday between 10am and 5pm (including Bank Holidays)