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Welcome to the Friends of the Garden

The Friends of the Garden is an unincorporated voluntary organisation managed by a network of volunteers all of whom share a love of contemporary sculpture. Our activities are designed to:

Foster public appreciation of contemporary sculpture through biennial sculpture exhibitions

Provide opportunities for career development to sculptors in the region by the provision of a bursary programme

Provide opportunities for local schools to participate in projects linked to exhibitions

Collaborate with other charities by hosting fundraising activities during exhibitions to assist them and to extend our reach to the general public

And, to take contemporary art to rural areas of Wiltshire.

All of these aims are made possible through the collaborations we have enjoyed with generous garden owners. By allowing us to stage exhibitions in wonderful garden settings they have enabled thousands of visitors to see, touch and respond to sculpture in a way that is only possible outside the confined space of a gallery.

To date we have held six exhibitions; at Urchfont Manor in 2007, 2009 and most recently in 2018, at Avebury Manor in 2009 and at West Lavington Manor in 2014 and 2016.

Our 2020 exhibition will be our last and is a very special retrospective. It will take place at West Leaze near Aldbourne, SN8 2LD from September 3rd – 27th. Full details are on the 2020 page.

Details of our Award/Bursary programmes can be found under the heading Supporting 3D artists and for our most recent and final programme, under the Award 2019 heading.

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