___________________________ Tobias Ford - sculpture in steel Philip Koomen - Bench in cedar Philip Simmonds - Ceramic pot Althea Wynne - bronze sculpture Phillipa MacArthur - sculpture in ceramic Emily Young - sculpture in ceramic

Welcome to the Friends of the Garden

The Friends of the Garden is a not for profit trust managed by a network of volunteers all of whom share a love of contemporary sculpture. The aims of the Trust are:

To foster public appreciation of contemporary sculpture through biennial sculpture exhibitions

To provide opportunities for career development to sculptors in the region by the provision of a bursary programme

To provide opportunities for local schools to participate in projects linked to exhibitions

To collaborate with other charities by hosting fundraising activities during exhibitions to assist them and to extend our reach to the general public

And, to take contemporary art to rural areas of Wiltshire.

All of these aims are made possible through the collaborations we have enjoyed with generous garden owners. By allowing us to stage exhibitions in wonderful garden settings they have enabled thousands of visitors to see, touch and respond to sculpture in a way that is only possible outside the confined space of a gallery.

Since our first exhibitions at Urchfont Manor in 2007 and 2009 we have held exhibitions at Avebury Manor in 2012 and most recently at West Lavington Manor in 2014 and 2016. We have sponsored bursary programmes in 2013 and 2015 and are currently planning a third for 2017. Details all previous exhibitions and bursary programmes can be found by clicking on the relevant heading on this page.