15 March – 2 November 2104
The Trustees of the Veronica Stewart Arts Trust are delighted to announce their 2014 Sculpture exhibition in collaboration with the National Trust.
Mompesson House in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close will host a unique exhibition where contemporary sculpture, by both emerging artists and some of Britain’s most renowned sculptors, will be shown within the intimate rooms and gardens of this beautiful National Trust home. The idea that historic room settings are somehow definitive belies the real nature of the past and present, which is subtle and often elusive. This exhibition, curated by Annette Ratuszniak, will look at the connections between selected contemporary sculptures and the existing historic objects, furnishings and architectural fabric of Mompesson House, bringing to light the evolving cultural stories and use of materials that have shaped lives and homes across the centuries. Outstanding and diverse work by more than 20 sculptors will be on show, including pieces by Elisabeth Frink and Peter Randall Page, and new works created specifically for the exhibition by Sher Christopher, Laura Ellen Bacon and Gillian McCormick working with eco-architect Tom Thompson.
Open evening: Friday 2nd May - 6pm to 9pm
Open times: Saturday & Sunday 3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th May, 10am to 5pm.
With twenty years experience in celebrity and reportage photography, Tom Howard is one of the most versatile freelance photographers in the UK. His recent clients include Q Magazine, Empire Magazine, Spring Advertising, Smith & Gilmour, The Sunday Times and Radio Times. Although much of his work is studio based, Tom is equally happy on location, and over the last year has visited Western Canada to shoot Billy Connolly for Radio Times, and been involved in on-set photography for feature films and television. Always reliable, Tom remains a favourite with picture editors, whether they require a grand production or a simple set-up.
Paul studied fine art, BA (hons.) at Bristol, graduating in 1989. His unique and organic designs are largely geometric with a natural flow, inspired by the way he sees and interacts with the natural world around him. Paul’s work explores the relationship and contrasts between man made and organic forms. Paul has been commissioned by Salisbury Council and in 2013 was awarded the RWA (Royal West of England Academy) at Bristol Festival of Stone.
Matt studied at Chelsea School of Fine Art and later as a postgraduate of fine art at Emily Carr College of Fine Art, Vancouver, Canada. A rural artist and poet living up on the Wiltshire downs, Matt gains inspiration from being outside, using hand tools to work the wood and a range of pigments, oils, waxes and even fire to preserve and colour it. Each piece of wood tells the story of growth in a specific place, a record of the twists and turns of the flows of energy created and spent in a lifetime reaching towards the light.