Elizabethan gem to host world class sculpture exhibition

Visitors to Lincolnshire’s historic Doddington Hall estate this summer are set to be inspired by more than impressive architecture and gorgeous gardens.

With the Elizabethan manor house as a backdrop, the Hall’s grounds provide a picture-perfect setting for the return of the biennial Doddington Sculpture Exhibition.

More than 340 works of art from 60 national and international sculptors will be displayed throughout the walled gardens and the wild gardens of the red-brick Hall, which lies on the edge of Lincoln.

From Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor to a world-renowned contemporary animal sculptor, the exhibition will showcase pieces from some of the world’s leading artists from 16 July until 11 September.

Sculptors have been selected to complement each area of the garden and to provide an eclectic exhibition, while a large indoor gallery will exhibit smaller-scale pieces – and almost every artwork on display will also be available to buy.

Among the featured sculptors is Emily Young, who has been acclaimed as ‘Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor’, and whose work can be found in important public and private collections throughout the world.

Also included are Iranian sculptor, Masoud Akhavanjam – best known for his elegant works in stainless steel – and world-renowned contemporary animal sculptor Kendra Haste, most well-known for her 2010 Historic Royal Palaces commission to make 13 sculptures for the Tower of London.

Built in 1595 by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan architects, Doddington Hall and Gardens is a country house and family home housing a wealth of artefacts and stories, thanks to 400 years of unbroken family occupation.

The iconic mansion is surrounded by five acres of gardens, from the formal East and West gardens, which remain true to the original Elizabethan layout, to the Wild Garden and Kitchen Garden.

Sculpture at Doddington is included with normal garden admission: £8.50 adults, £4.50 children, and £22 family.

For more on the exhibition, visit www.sculpturedoddingtonhall.com

For details about visiting Lincolnshire, see www.visitlincolnshire.com