I can not recommend Art in the Garden 2018 highly enough… and it’s not because I’ve been heavily involved with it’s creation, site preparations and because I’ve got two artworks included.
Evergreen, our host and LFLA co-founder Jan Griffiths’ home, is a wonderful, calming place. Her modest studio, come gallery, overlooks a natural three acre meadow with mown paths cutting through to create numerous possible journeys. All of this is surrounded by majestic trees that make up Little Forest.
For two weeks in June this tranquil place is transformed into a glorious celebration of creativity, featuring the works of 16 amazingly varied artists and makers. Some pieces can be clearly seen from the lawn, while others are discovered when you wander along the paths. An octopus greets you at the pond, while chickens are ‘pecking’ among the nettles.
You can wander along the woodland path, under the shade of the trees, and come across the LFLA artists’ work ‘hidden’ in the undergrowth and glorious foxgloves.
Continue right to the end you arrive at the Pigsty Gallery, an installation of pinhole photography images, transferred on to slices of oak tree, created by our project documentary photographer Duncan Shepherd.
Doubling back down the woodland path you come to a clearing where a large oak tree once stood. The remaining stump has been created into our Bourhunt 4th Plinth. At the end of last year we held a competition to find an artwork to go on the Plinth during Art in the Garden. We chose Abigail Day and her striking concrete and casted wax sculpture. Abigail will write a guest blog in a few days.
Finally, if you want to get away from everything (don’t worry the mobile phone signal on site is terrible!) then how about a bit of forest bathing under an ancient willow tree. Jan has created a calming, contemplative space for you to sit and clear your head.
So grab yourself a cuppa and immerse yourself in a sea of creativity and nature.
Art in the Garden runs until 16th June, 10am-5pm daily.
Event details & exhibitor list on our social media
Full event details on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1618918198204483/