Jenny Pickford Exhibition

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31 Aug 2019 - 13 Oct 2019

One of the UK’s leading contemporary blacksmith artists, Jenny Pickford, who has had her work exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Wimbledon and created pieces for as far away as China, is bringing a collection of her large glass and steel nature inspired sculptures to Pensthorpe Natural Park for a six week exhibition from Saturday 31st August.

Jenny Pickford’s exhibition of sculptures, which are inspired by plants and stand over three metres tall, will be located against the backdrop of Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden, showcasing her unique combination of oversized forged steel and melted glass sculptures and water features. Other sculptures will be dotted around by the red squirrels and cranes, as well as in the Wetland Discovery Area. Some of the key pieces she will be bringing include Bluebell, Allium, Dandelion and Circles of Life.

Jenny, from rural Herefordshire, is renowned for her feminine perspective inspired by the spirit of nature. She has public art in four continents, including Australia, China, America and across the United Kingdom. One of her most notable works is the Bluebell sculpture at the Royal Derby Hospital in Derby, England, where it is in place to connect cancer patients with the hope and beauty of nature.

Jenny uses blacksmithing skills in her forge to transform industrial steel into a malleable form, bringing the piece to life. She uses special tools she has made herself, along with a fly press and 1930s-era power hammer. She obtains the glass pieces through partnerships with distinguished glass blowers.

One of Jenny’s water features, the Arum Lily, now has a permanent home here at Pensthorpe. It features blue glass petals, which allows natural sunlight to pour into the glass. Jenny was so impressed with our reserve and gardens when she dropped off the sculpture earlier this year, that it led to this special exhibition.

Entry to the sculpture exhibition is included in our standard entry price.