___________________________ 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 an unincorporated voluntary organisation managed by a network of volunteers all of whom share a love of contemporary sculpture. Our activities are designed to:

Foster public appreciation of contemporary sculpture through biennial sculpture exhibitions

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

Provide opportunities for local schools to participate in projects linked to exhibitions

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.

To date we have held five exhibitions, at Urchfont Manor in 2007 and 2009, at Avebury Manor in 2012 and at West Lavington Manor in 2014 and 2016. We are currently planning for our 2018 exhibition when we are delighted to be returning to Urchfont Manor. Preliminary details can be found under the heading 2018 Exhibition.

Details of earlier Award/Bursary programmes can be found under the heading Supporting 3D artists and details of the current programme are under the Award 2017 heading.