PAST VISITS AND TRIPS
Roche Court Sculpture Park
Day trip on Wednesday 22 June 2022
Members visited the New Art Centre at Roche Court on a glorious summer’s day in June when everything was still green. We were able to explore the park and gardens in the company of an excellent guide.
We were greeted by Lady Bessborough who had founded the New Art Centre in London’s Sloane St in 1958. Her vision of encouraging young artists had continued and expanded at Roche Court which now welcomes visitors to exhibitions of contemporary art in a wonderful outdoor setting as well as four contemporary galleries.
There were small porcelain installations by Edmund de Waal, large scale sculptures by Anthony Caro, Peter Randall-Page, Anthony Gormley, and Michael Craig-Martin, land art by Richard Long, and amongst these a huge variety of works by lesser known artists. Some were challenging, some disturbing, some amusing, all demanded our attention.
Start of the tour.
Antony Gormley, ‘Before’, 2002 Cast Iron, 194 x 46 x 64 cm
Antony Gormley, ‘Break’, 2002 Cast Iron, 193 x 87 x 32 cm
Antony Gormley, ‘Quantum Cloud XIV’, 2000, 4.76 square section stainless steel bar
Barry Flanagan, ‘Large Left-Handed Drummer’, 2008, Bronze, 400 x 200 x 244 cm
Allen Jones, ‘High Wire’, 2006, Painted Aluminium, 264 x 152 cm
Christopher le Brun, ‘Union (Horse with two Discs)’ 2001, Bronze, 232 x 466 x156 cm
Allen Jones, ‘Backward Bend’, 2020, Corten and Stainless Steel, Dull Mirror Polish, 280 x 530 x 300 cm
Peter Newman, ‘Skystation’, 2019, Fibreglass, Ultramarine Gelcoat, 75 x 420 x 420 cm
Antony Caro, ‘Double Tent’, 1987-1993, Stainless Steel, 238.5 x 815.5 x 198 cm
Peter Randall-Page, ‘Fructus’, 2009, Kilkenny Limestone, 250 x 160 x 160 cm
Richard Long, ‘Tame Buzzard Line’, 2001, Flint, 35.15 m x 71 cm
Kenneth Martin, ‘Construction’, 1972, Painted Iron and Steel, 600 x 122 x 122 cm
Barbara Hepworth, ‘Bronze Form (Patmos)’, 1962-63 Bronze 70.5 x 95 x 24 cm
Barbara Hepworth, ‘Three Forms’, 1970, Bronze
Christopher le Brun, ‘The Sense of Sight’, 1999-2000, Bronze, 190x 18 x 7.5 cm
Laura Ford, ‘Twiglet’, 1991, Bronze, 130 x 60 x 57 cm
Laura Ford, ‘Silent Howler II’, 2016, Bronze, 50 x 60 x 70 cm
Bill Woodrow, ‘Celloswarm’, Bronze, Stone and Gold Leaf, 211 x 95 x 96 cm
Bill Woodrow, ‘Celloswarm’, Bronze, Stone and Gold Leaf, detail
Michael Craig-Martin, ‘Untitled’, 2007, Etched Glass Panel, 204 x 230 x 1.4 cm
Day trip on Friday 22 April 2022
Our 2 hour guided tour of the house was split into 2 groups of 20 and was followed by a short visit to the formal gardens. The 16th century castle contains many great art works including portraits by Reynolds and Gainsborough and some historic furniture. The Earl of Radnor’s family have been partnered with the National Gallery for many years.
The visit was followed by an excellent buffet lunch in the nearby Radnor Arms.
Our visit to the Castle was unguided although there were room guides. The ticket also included access to the Egyptian Exhibition; the fifth Earl of Carnarvon excavated Tutankhamen’s tomb with Howard Carter in 1922. The gardens are extensive and visiting was included with our entrance ticket.
The BANQUETING HOUSE, Whitehall
Organised jointly with The Arts Society Dorset County