Sculpture exhibition – ‘Past & Present’ is now open in the Garden.
The Knebworth House team have worked with North Hertfordshire College, Centre for the Arts to create a new Sculpture Exhibition in the Gardens throughout July. Visiors are enjoying the fresh and innovative perspective of students from North HertsC ollege as they interpret aspects of Knebworth’s history. This is the first time that the Gardens at Knebworth House have been used to showcase student work. Pieces from both current and former students from North HertfordshireCollege’s Creative and Cultural Academies will be on display in the formal gardens unil 31st July. Students have used a wide range of materials including textiles, metal and mixed media. Commenting on this event, Jo Denness, Assistant Principal at the Centre for the Arts said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have a professional platform to display their work and talent to a wide audience. Through this exciting project they have gained skills to be employed in a variety of areas from project planning, budget management, communication with client, transportation and installation of work and publicity as well as sales skills.” Involved in this collaborative exhibition are students from art and design, extended diploma of art, visual merchandising and fashion. It is hoped that students will be able to gain commissions from this exhibition and will also be able to use it as a stepping stone to their future career.
Also exhibiting is artist Hideki Arichi from Hatfield, who is working at the College under a scheme that gives him free access to equipment and materials. He has exhibited throughout Europe and will be designing a ceramic piece for the garden. In addition two past NHC students Jack Mitchell and Sarah Knibbs will also be displaying their talent. The exhibition has been co-ordinated by Rachel Matthews, Deputy Head at the Creative Arts and Hannah Rees, Head of Commercial Operations, Creative and Service Industries under consultation with Mia Herbert, Knebworth House Operations Manager.Knebworth House has a tradition of outdoor sculpture and each generation has added new work to enhance the space. Knebworth Carvings, who are based on the Estate, create and develop new pieces from fallen trees which are then creatively placed around the gardens for visitors to enjoy.
Martha Lytton Cobbold, Managing Director of Lytton Enterprises said, “The formal gardens come alive with sculpture and art installations and the theme of past and present should be fascinating for visitors to experience.”