Delamore art 2017
A beautiful sunny morning with an easy coach ride was the best possible start to visiting the enchanting Delamore sculpture gardens and galleries. On arrival, we were warmly welcomed and given a catalogue and entry ticket that was stamped for future free entry – a generous gesture.
The walk along the footpath through the fields skirting the lake was a joy. There were eye catching sculptures on the banks and little rafts in the lake that swung with the wind and water movements. My favourite was the head and shoulders of a fisherman with a huge shiny fish on the end of the line which also caught the wind – great fun.
The SWAc exhibition was a brilliant mix of traditional and modern paintings, all displayed to make the most of the soft light, in harmony with its pretty location, most inspiring. Continuing along the footpath leading from the mellow stone building brought fresh visual treats. In the distance there was an enormous shocking pink tree – dead of course – but what an impact on the natural landscape surrounding it.
Throughout the lush, colourfully planted gardens were a great many sculptures of all sizes and materials, some moved in the wind, others like the giant bronze fish gong most satisfying when soft hammered. As there were so many clever, elegant and quirky art pieces to discover, I am sure I didn’t find them all. One that really made me laugh was the large octopus sitting on the low formal garden wall.
The Delamore House gallery with its lofty ceilings was yet another treat as was my delicious light lunch at the courtyard café. Everyone on the coach was friendly and so were the visitors I spoke with around the gardens. Delamore feels like a very happy place to work – it was a perfect day out amongst such beauty and friendliness.