Exhibitions | 21-06-2024

Stained glass at Sandlings Sculpture Garden

‘Shields’ and ‘Circles’ stained glass works by Surinder Warboys are on show as part of a group exhibition at Sandlings Sculpture Garden at Potton Hall in Suffolk, UK.

This exhibition presents a range of sculptures and installations made by members of Waveney and Blyth Arts, which are placed in the grounds for three months – from 20 June until 22 September 2024. Pieces are made from a variety of materials, including glass, marble, bronze, steel, clay and galvanised wire, and they are for sale.

Surinder explains the thinking behind her artworks: “The circle and shield forms have been integral to the physical, cultural and spiritual lives of humans since time immemorial.

“I have always enjoyed the magical realism of writers past and present. The precious and powerful presence of trees is woven into a woodland setting of the Arthurian legend: a ‘tree hung with a multitude of shields’ of vanquished knights and sunlight through the leaves forming ‘trembling circles as of pure yellow gold’.

“As an artist, I feel frustrated at the lip service paid by politicians in power to make the urgent and brave changes needed to reduce climate warming. Stained glass, being an environmental art, can be enjoyed on so many different levels and has been a powerful medium of communication for centuries. Employed here in the grove, the glass shields and circles make defensive connections with the trees and ecological cycles as the earth spins and orbits the sun.”

Potton Hall and the Sculpture Garden are open daily 10am-4pm and the sculpture garden is free to visit.

Sandlings Sculpture Garden is at Potton Hall, Blythburgh Rd, Saxmundham IP17 3EF, UK. For further information about Potton Hall visit the website.

For further information about Surinder’s work, visit her website.

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