All five exhibiting artists of an indoor art and outdoor sculpture exhibition will be available to meet with and chat to as they showcase their work at the historic Walled Gardens at Croome Court, near Pershore.

The exhibition of jewellery, paintings and garden sculpture will open on Friday August 9, with an opportunity to meet the artists on Saturday August 10 The Meet the Artist event will run from 11am through to 5pm.

Worcester’s Kate Wrigglesworth, one of the exhibiting artists, said: “Whilst my designs aren’t overtly feminist there are influences that come from traditional crafts created by women.”

Kate has made several visits to the gardens in recent months to study the colours and beauty of the gardens, of which there is an abundance, and has resulted in one of her paintings in the exhibition being very much inspired by the gardens.

The exhibition will also include the work of contemporary jewellery designer and member of the Worcester Guild of Contemporary Craft and Silver Society of Oxford, Ali Tregaskes; Stroud based outdoor artist Darren Rumley, who explores concrete as an art form; and Claudia Petley and Paul Shepherd who work together to produce metal wildlife sculptures, “capturing the character and movement of each creature brilliantly”.

After more than twenty years of traditional blacksmithing, making gates, railings and candlesticks, Claudia and Paul decided to follow their love of nature and take this as their inspiration.

This fairly new direction has led then to design and make a range of sculptures focusing on birds and wildlife and sculptures are made from forged, shaped and welded steel .

The exhibition will run until Sunday September 29, when the gardens close for the winter.

The exhibition is the third and final exhibition to be held at the Walled Gardens at Croome Court this year.

Owners, Chris and Karen Cronin say they are “keen to promote and support both local and national artists and the gardens have provided the perfect backdrop for the exhibitions”.

As well as viewing the exhibitions, visitors can; explore the gardens, learn about the extensive and ongoing restoration project and walk through the famous tunnels.

Speaking at the re-opening of the tunnels in 2017, after restoration, Chris Cronin said “The red brick heating tunnels, which run underneath the glass houses, are a great example of the ingenuity and pioneering spirit that existed within the Walled Gardens during the early 1800s,”

“Since that time technology has moved on a great deal and the tunnels have become redundant, at least as far as their intended purpose goes.

“When we first discovered them, we had hours of fun disappearing and reappearing in a different part of the garden. Now it’s great to see kids of all ages enjoying the fun while exploring our very own underworld.”

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