The Oxford Times


2nd June 2014

We taught Holly to swim during picnics close to Asthall bridge, admiring as we did so the gracious lines of the former Mitford home. Later we were able to admire it from much closer to hand as the home of our friend Rosie Pearson. Every other year since 2002, Rosie has thrown open her lovely gardens (designed by Isabel and Julian Bannerman, known for their work at Highgrove House) for an exhibition of outdoor sculpture. She has just sent me a release with information about this year’s on form, from June 8 to July 6. I quote: “on form encourages visitors to open all their senses, with a ‘please do touch’ policy. Strengthening this theme, several sculptures will explore the musical sounds of stone this year, and there will be blindfold tours of parts of the exhibition in order to intensify the sense of touch.

“Other innovations will include site-specific work, a performance of the art of stone balancing by Adrian Gray, and work by an exciting and diverse range of talent including Jude Tucker, the first woman to carve grotesques for St George’s Chapel in Windsor and Spanish sculptor, Jordi Raga-Frances, well known for his work at the Acropolis and at Gloucester and Canterbury cathedrals.

People’s Choice Award winner at the 2012 Open Exhibition at Edinburgh’s Royal Scottish Academy, Alasdair Thomson will be exhibiting for the first time, as will Johannes von Stumm, who was the President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors from 2009 to 2012.”

See you there . . .

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