Botanic Garden hosts sculpture festival

March 24 2017

The University of Bristol Botanic Garden are hosting a Sculpture Festival and Quilting Exhibition during the Easter weekend of April 14-17.

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The University of Bristol Botanic Garden are hosting a Sculpture Festival and Quilting Exhibition during the Easter weekend of April 14-17. 

Highlights include sumptuous quilts in jewelled colours, stained glass sailing boats drifting through sea glass, a bronze Rambeaux with attitude, calligraphy inspired ceramics, and quirky foliage sculptures swaying in the breeze. 

The Botanic Garden in Stoke Bishop makes a perfect environment for displaying both traditional and modern sculpture with its constantly changing natural light and backdrop of architectural plants, colours and textures. 

Nicholas Wray, curator of the Botanic Garden said: "The natural world has inspired artists to make the varied and innovative pieces of work that will be displayed at the festival. 

“I am delighted that the Garden environment has provided the opportunity for these local artists to display their work. 

“Some of the methods the artists use will be demonstrated during the exhibition which, together with the Garden bursting into life, will create the perfect environment for visitors to enjoy."

Demonstrations of pottery, stained glass and willow weaving will give visitors a chance to meet the artists and see how they work. 

A display of Narcissus illustrating all horticultural groups of this colourful spring flower forms a trail through the garden for adults and children to enjoy. With thousands of different well labelled plants set within an intensely planted award winning garden and glasshouses, the Botanic Garden attracts people year after year.

Refreshments, tours of the garden, plants and book sales are all available. Admission from 10am-5pm: Adults £6.00. Free to Friends, university staff and students and children under 18.

University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Bristol, BS9 1JG. For further details call 0117 428 2041 or www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden