Sculpture at Kingham Lodge at a glance

Since 2012 Chris and Delphie Stockwell have hosted a charity sculpture show biennially in their 5 acre garden. They personally select the Zimbabwean sculptures, Chris curates with witty style and Delphie bakes every cake we sell. So far we have raised over £150,000 for charity and in 2018 welcomed over 6,000 visitors.

As part of our charitable outreach we work with local schools to make sculpture for the exhibition and then encourage them to visit. In 2018 11 schools took part and over 600 school children came to visit.

Quotes over the years:

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.” [2016]

Artist Lucy Unwin who work-shopped with Chadlington Primary School:

“The butterfly project allowed every child to create their own individual piece that became part of a complete installation that represented the entire school. Every class seemed to really enjoy the process and it was so exciting to see the children come up with their own creative ideas and have some fun.” [2016]

Kirsty Jackson from Ducklington Primary School:

“As we are doing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for our end of term production we decided to make something related to that. The children loved the experience of working with an artist for the day and using unusual materials. They are looking forward to seeing their work when we visit.” [2016]

Wendy Smart from Holy Trinity:

“Children of all abilities were able to unleash their creative talents, and make wire flowers to commemorate Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s, 90th birthday. We are now full of pride and great excitement as we prepare to bring our school, and our family members to the sculpture trail at Kingham. Thank you for the opportunity to enrich our curriculum.” [2016]

Mrs Colton:

“This is the best small garden I’ve been to, by small I mean in comparison with very big ones. It’s better that Asthall Manor, Quenington or Highgrove.” [2016]

Mrs Young:

“I came over to see the Sculpture Exhibition this afternoon and left entranced by your garden.” [2016]

Esther Lafferty, Festival Director, Oxfordshire ArtWeeks:

“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.” [2014]

Mr & Mrs Johns:

“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.”  [2014]

Nicky Hannam, The Cotswold School:

“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.”  [2014]