In Quotes & Numbers
Below is a selection of quotes from visitors to the Sculpture Exhibition at Kingham Lodge along with some interesting factors and figures:
Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor said
‘Chris, hats off to you. I think this is a really fantastic initiative and it really is at the highest level as well, people [don’t need to] travel miles to the Yorkshire sculpture park when you have Kingham Lodge just up the road.
‘The garden is full of the most incredible sculptures. I’ve been there myself and the garden is absolutely spectacular and worth a visit on its own.
‘The sculptures are affordable for almost everybody from £10 at the cheapest to £12,000 for the most expensive and you have some fantastic Zimbabwean sculptures which are cheap as chips for what they are.
‘It seems to me that you [Sculpture in Kingham Lodge] are picking up some momentum - will you do it more often?’
Esther Lafferty, Festival Director, Oxfordshire ArtWeeks said:
‘It is lovely to see Kingham Lodge open with sculpture once again and terrific to hear of the number of people who’ve enjoyed the sculpture particularly in a rural setting.’
Brian and Josie Johns from Oxford emailed Sculpture at Kingham Lodge to say:
'Just wanted to congratulate and thank you for a superb artweeks activity. Everything - from the gardens, the quality and diversity of sculpture to the young people serving refreshments - was perfect yesterday.'
Participation from Local Schools:
During the Sculpture Exhibition, Kingham Lodge hosts a number of schools which visit during artweeks – and some of the pupils have made their own exhibits. Nicky Hannam, Head of Art at Cotswold School said:
'We were delighted to be given the opportunity to take part and the year 7 and 8 students involved had great fun making their own fun and quirky rats. They worked with sculptor Ali Grant who enthused them with the excitement of working in 3-dimensions. They also have a wonderful sense of pride in having their work displayed at a real exhibition and we look forward to bringing them to the show'
Chris Stockwell, Curator and Organiser, said:
‘We hope to offer an exciting day out and the opportunity to admire sculptures whilst taking a gentle stroll around the beautiful landscaped garden. We aim to raise the appreciation of sculpture and to show the way in which it can enhance beautiful gardens.
Sculpture at Kingham Lodge in Numbers:
Sculpture at Kingham Lodge Exhibition 2012
- Over 200 sculptures by over 30 artists
- Over 3000 visitors attended during Oxfordshire Artweeks
- The exhibition raised £20,000 for charity
Sculpture at Kingham Lodge Exhibition 2014
- Some 400 sculptures by over 70 artists
- Over 4000 visitors attended during Oxfordshire Artweeks making the sculpture show the highest attended Artweeks event in North Oxfordshire.
- In total, over 700 pupils from nine different schools visited the show in organised school trips. Five schools which received grants and exhibited during the show including primary schools: Bledington, Middle Barton and Kingham, and secondary schools: Cotswold and Chipping Norton. Holy Trinity School have also had grants for their sculpture project.
- The exhibition raised £20,000 for five charitable causes