The Friends of the Garden, a voluntary organisation, is offering an internship for a recent art or design graduate to join its team and to assist with its September exhibition. The exhibition, ‘Sculpture in a Landscape 1969-2020’ will take place at West Leaze near Aldbourne from September 3 to 27.
In 1969 West Leaze was one of the first private gardens in the country to be used for showing contemporary sculpture. That exhibition was organised by sculptor Roger Leigh and his wife Pat. It featured eighteen sculptors, many of them with reputations that survive to this day. They included Hubert Dalwood, Denis Mitchell, Henry Moore, William Pye and Austin Wright. Work by several of those 1969 artists will be on show in this year’s exhibition along with over fifty others from all over the country.
The internship will give the successful candidate invaluable experience in setting up, staffing and breaking down a major sculpture exhibition. Exceptional customer relationship skills are required. The popup shop is a busy work environment and maintaining a calm and professional manner is essential.
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.
Since 1969 the organisation has collaborated with generous garden owners to hold six exhibitions – at Urchfont Manor in 2007, 2009, 2018; at Avebury Manor in 2009 and at West Lavington Manor in 2014 and 2016.
Lesley Andrews from The Friends of the Garden said, “By allowing us to stage exhibitions in wonderful garden settings thousands of visitors have been able to see, touch and respond to sculpture in a way that is only possible outside the confined space of a gallery. Our 2020 exhibition will be our last and is a very special retrospective.”
‘Sculpture in a Landscape’ takes place at West Leaze, Ogbourne Road, Aldbourne SN8 2LD from 3 – 27 September. The exhibition will open every day except Mondays and Tuesdays from 11am – 6pm. Entry is £7.50 per adult including a catalogue, accompanied under 18’s free. There will be a popup café serving light refreshments.