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FRESH AIR 2017 - 11 June - 2 July 2017

FRESH AIR, the 13th Biennial Quenington Sculpture Exhibition, one of the UK's leading outdoor sculpture shows, will take place at Quenington Old Rectory from 11 June until 2 July 2017.

Over the last 25 years, FRESH AIR has evolved from purely traditional outdoor sculpture to also embrace contemporary and vibrant designs, and maintains a strong reputation for quality, diversity and popularity.

88 artists, including 30 new exhibitors, will be showcasing their latest work among the 5-arce grounds of the Grade II listed Old Rectory, through which the River Coln runs.

From stone to textiles, ceramic to glass, sound to video, mosaic to metals, and rubber to resin, the collection will encompass a vibrant mix of media and styles, representing original ideas and fresh thinking - elements that have proved a winning combination with collectors and the general public. Prices range from £50 to £50,000.

Antiques News & Fairs - FRESH AIR 2017

Beth Forrester - Belle, galvanised steel and wire, large scale

Making their debut this year, are Enclosure, a mixture of natural and reclaimed materials, by artist and garden designer Jeni Cairns; Belle, a dreamlike figure from mixed media by Beth Forrester; and Cow Parsley, a sculptural interpretation of a range of seedheads, by Simon Hempsell.

Antiques News & Fairs - FRESH AIR 2017

Jeni Cairns - Enclosure, corten steel.

Representing ceramics, among other artists, is Emma Finch, whose work chronicles the changing face of London; Philippa Macarthur with The Ceramic Cycle, a combination of clay and found metal; and Meri Wells, specialising in figures from childhood stories and cultural myths.

Antiques News & Fairs - FRESH AIR 2017

Karen Tang - The Paradise Syndrome, mixed media

In the category of stone, Kim Francis is bringing Shark Moon, carved from Kilkenny limstone; Alison Munby is presenting Banksia, from local Guiting limestone; and Jitka Palmer will be showing Flautist, created from Bath stone.

Antiques News & Fairs - FRESH AIR 2017

Alison Berman - Figure Fountain Three, bronze resin, 3 standing forms

Conceptualism is represented by Karen Tang, with The Paradise Syndrome, based on science fiction, and Alison Berman will show a working fountain from three bronze resin standing figures, inspired by the River Coln flowing through the garden.

Antiques News & Fairs - FRESH AIR 2017

Meri Wells - La Bete Humaine, stoneware

In the category of outdoor furniture, Derek Elliott is showing Chair of the Unknowing, and Alison Crowther has created The Charred Pod I & II from an acacia tree in the gardens of Quenington that fell down in a storm in 2013.

Antiques News & Fairs - FRESH AIR 2017

Derek Elliott - Chair of Unknowing

Inhale Exhale is a collaborative sculpture by Richard Jackson and Sally Fawkes made with cast optical glass and stainless steel, and Tessa Campbell Fraser is showing a lifesize red Highland stag in bronze.

Antiques News & Fairs - FRESH AIR 2017

Jenny Pickford - Butterfly Effect, galvanised forged steel and blown glass

The swimming pool house will play host to a pop-up gallery, exploring the theme 'Emerging from the Landscape', curated by Miranda Leonard.  It looks at contemporary applied art practice including ceramics by Anna Lambert, paintings by Dana Finch, wire sculpture by Melanie Day, and contemporary textiles, jewellery, glass and metal.

"The aim of FRESH AIR is to challenge, inspire, inform and delight," says Lucy Abel-Smith, co-curator of FRESH AIR.

Antiques News & Fairs - FRESH AIR 2017

Jilly Sutton - Flight of Fancy, edition of 9, iron oxide

Through generous donations from The Summerfield Trust, The Ernest Cook Trust and The Coln Children's Fete, Fresh Air is able to provide educational programmes and workshops for local primary, secondary and special needs schools, as well as community groups in the area.  This year, five foundation students from Stroud College of Art and Design and nine BA degree course students from Hereford College of Art have been chosen to create works that add freshness to the exhibition, while creating an invaluable learning experience for the students involved.

The annual event is run by The Quenington Sculpture Trust, directed by David and Lucy Abel Smith, and co-curated by Anne Marie Fisher and Miranda Leonard.

FRESH AIR 2017 takes place from 11 June until 2 July 2017.  For more information, visit FRESH AIR 2017.