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Fresh Air Sculpture 2022

05 to 26 June
Quenington Old Rectory
Church Road, Quenington
GL7 5BN

Fresh Air Sculpture 2022 - Colour of Mourning by Sally de Courcy
Fresh Air Sculpture 2022 - Colour of Mourning by Sally de Courcy - Detail
Colour of Mourning by Sally de Courcy. (Left/top: Aerial view. Right/bottom: Detailed view)

About Fresh Air Sculpture 2022

Fresh Air Sculpture is a contemporary sculpture and craft show taking place in the extensive gardens of Quenington Old Rectory in Gloucestershire from 05 to 26 June 2022.

This biennial curated event prides itself on showcasing and selling unique sculptural pieces as well as decorative arts in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Visitors can expect the traditional and the experimental, from moving and thought-provoking sculptures and detailed heritage craft to the brightest of textiles and the glamour of glass.

It welcomes over 10,000 art and garden enthusiasts who enjoy the enchanting atmosphere, the flora and the artworks, and the chance to relax with drinks and locally produced foods.

Fresh Air Sculpture 2022 will bring over 130 modern pieces of outside sculptural work to this Grade II listed building with its expansive organic garden, in a tranquil setting, with the River Coln running through.

This year’s exhibitor list can be seen on the exhibition website. All works are for sale, with prices ranging from £50 to £50,000.

Many installations are created specifically for the gardens – to encapsulate the quirky spirit of fun, creativity and history that comes together at Fresh Air Sculpture whilst acknowledging the times we live in and the challenges we face.

Look forward to a flexible ceramic installation by Sarah Strachan, provocative works by Sally de Courcy and Ai Hashimoto and the plain fun and wonder of inflatable art by Steve Messam.

The Pool House will be transformed into a contemporary craft and design gallery for the duration of the show. The curated space will employ Rhythm, Pattern, Repetition as a theme for new collections of work across the craft disciplines that includes basketry, jewellery, textiles, wood, metal, ceramics and glass.

Set up by art collectors Lucy and David Abel Smith, the first Fresh Air Sculpture was held in the Quenington Old Rectory gardens in 1992.

Acclaim for the show’s originality and innovative mixture of traditional, modern and cutting-edge outdoor sculpture has grown year by year, and Fresh Air Sculpture is now an established and much-anticipated fixture in the art events calendar.

Fresh Air Sculpture became a charitable trust, under Quenington Sculpture Trust, in 1997. Alongside the modern sculpture, art and craft, The Quenington Sculpture Trust runs a comprehensive Educational Programme for schools, colleges, and adults.

Workshops inspired by exhibiting artists and delivered to primary and secondary children from disadvantaged areas and schools as well as special schools for children with physical and mental disabilities. The programme also provides educational resources and free visits for local schools and communities.

Glass Glamour is a breath-taking show taking place in The Old Rectory from 18 – 20 June, continuing on the website with artists’ works still for sale for the duration of the sculpture show. Curated by Fiaz Elson, twenty-two selected contemporary glass artists will be shown. Viewing is exclusively by appointment only.

Please see important ticketing information below.

Ticketing information

Single tickets: £10.00

Season tickets: £20.00

  • Children (18 and under) get free entry (no tickets required).
  • Tickets are sold to allow entry for either the morning or afternoon sessions.
  • A season ticket allows you to visit as often as you like during the 3 weeks of the show.
  • Tickets can also be bought at the gate on your arrival.
  • There is a beautifully produced full-colour catalogue that you can reserve with your ticket for £5.00 and collect when you arrive at the show.
  • You can also reserve a picnic box for your visit and pay on collection. There are two options available.
    1) Ploughman’s Box*: Local ham, cheddar and french Brie with pickled onions, salad, ploughman’s pickle with crackers or bread for £5.00
    2) Afternoon Tea Box for 2*: Scones (x2), jam, clotted cream and two hot drinks for £6.00.
*Allergens
Ploughman’s Box: milk and wheat
Afternoon Tea Box: wheat, dairy, milk, eggs

Good to know

  • The show is open everyday from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
  • The event closes daily at 5.00pm. Last entry is at 4.30pm.
  • Well-behaved dogs on leads are permitted.
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