About on form

on form is the only exhibition in the UK dedicated exclusively to stone sculpture. Since 2002, it has been held every two years at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. We haven't tried to grow bigger, but each year we've had new ideas we couldn't resist, and the exhibition is now among the UK's biggest and best respected. The Potting Shed cafe has been part of on form since 2012, and the Madhatter Bookshop since 2014.

The idea for on form was born after Asthall Manor’s owner, Rosie Pearson, commissioned sculptor Anthony Turner to make two gatepost finials. The stir that was created by the installation of these two curvaceous organic forms led Rosie and Anthony to wonder what would happen if the lovely garden at Asthall was filled with other striking works in stone. More than a decade on, on form is proud of its reputation both as a prestigious showcase of stone sculpture and as an inspiring and friendly exhibition to visit.

In June 2013, Rosie’s co-curator, Anna Greenacre took on form to London. She chose the equally unique and atmospheric setting of St Pancras crypt in Bloomsbury as a deliberately metropolitan contrast to Asthall’s Cotswold landscape. The exhibition upheld the values essential to on form: a dedication to stone, an invitation to touch, an encouragement to engage with works and artists, and also imaginative curating which pays attention to the relationship of the works to their setting and to each other.

Some of the things that people have said about us:

I don’t know of any other way that people sell art that is so pleasurable. (A participating artist.)

The most amazing and rewarding sculpture exhibition I have ever seen. The quality catalogue alone is worth the very reasonable entry price. The food in the Potting Shed cafe is wonderful.

An absolutely marvellous exhibition in a very very beautiful setting. We loved it and it has gone on reverberating in us since our visit. Totally on impulse we bought a sculpture because we loved it so much we couldn't - metaphorically, at least - leave it behind!

It might have rained, but I've been smiling all day.

My first ever visit and I'm smitten.

“What strikes visitors to the garden at Asthall is how much it is loved.Mary Keen, House & Garden, 2005

a beguiling mix of traditional and contemporary” Good Gardens Guide 2007.

“Anyone with any doubts about modern abstract sculpture should

visit [on form] to experience the amazing mutual flattery of stone and flowers.”

“The Historic Gardens of England”

“as good a backdrop as any artist could wish for” Celia Lyttelton, Telegraph Magazine, 2008

“It has a timeless air, yet within this tranquil and quintessentially English space sits a collection of stone sculptures that simply beg to be touched and admired.” Oxford Times, 2008

on form has established an enviable reputation among such shows for its range and adventurousness in the 4 years of its existence

Galleries Magazine, 2008

“There is a wonderful sense of continuity in the way Asthall has been revived as a focus for outstanding works in stone with contemporary pieces seen beside the richly carved monuments of the traditional Cotswolds masons whose provincial virtuosity has long been admired.”

Mary Miers Country Life, 2009