Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Beaulieu To Host Summer Sculpture Trail

The successful association cemented between the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and the Surrey Sculpture Society (SSS), sees the famous motor museum’s historic Palace House and gardens hosting the society’s Summer Sculpture Trail for the third year running.  Again this year, SSS artists from all over the south of England will be displaying their unique range of sculptures – along the attraction’s pathways, around the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey and through the delightful gardens and riverside grounds; to the historic interior of Palace House.

Surrey Sculpture Society’s Summer Sculpture Trail will open at Beaulieu on 23rd May and the exhibition will run until 23rd August.

Within this distinctive setting a wide range of sculptures can be discovered, from striking contemporary pieces to expressive figurative works of art, which will be placed to enhance the natural beauty of their surroundings, including the Victorian Flower, Herb, Ornamental Kitchen and Wilderness Gardens, as well as by the riverside walk – forming one of the largest and most popular exhibitions of sculpture in the country.

Hampshire based sculptor and a Surrey Sculpture Society member, Bridget Dumper, is a regular exhibitor at Beaulieu and commented: “I am very excited to be exhibiting at Beaulieu again and wouldn’t miss a year.  The standard of both the Surrey Sculpture Society organisation and the incredible attention to detail that the Beaulieu staff give to every aspect of the exhibition is very high.  I love having my work exhibited at such a professional level in such a perfect environment – it is a real pleasure and a privilege.”

Animals are a popular subject and there will be a number of life-size animal sculptures to complement the natural surroundings, as well as smaller sculptures on display inside Palace House, ranging from contemporary to traditional styles offering broad appeal to suit all tastes and budgets.

The sculptures have been carefully selected from the large SSS membership of 374 based across the southern region and created by both talented amateurs and top professional sculptors. All are available to purchase.

The Summer Sculpture Trail at Beaulieu will be open from 10am daily and further information on the Surrey Sculpture Society’s exhibition programme can be found at

The opportunity to view the sculpture trail is included in general admission to the Beaulieu attraction which features the National Motor Museum, with its BOND IN MOTION exhibition, World of Top Gear and the fascinating Secret Army Exhibition as well as Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey.  There are also many places to picnic within the picturesque parkland, or visitors can enjoy Leith’s Brabazon Restaurant. 

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