Free sculpture exhibition open at Shaw House for one month only

PUBLISHED: 17:03 14 September 2020 | UPDATED: 14:02 15 September 2020

Altered States at Shaw House

Photo: Richard Markham

Altered States at Shaw House Photo: Richard Markham


From giant plants to space rockets to monsters, see 60 sculptures in an exclusive outdoor event at Newbury’s Elizabethan Manor

Jim Crockatt totems

Photo: Richard MarkhamJim Crockatt totems Photo: Richard Markham

“Release yourself from the four walls within which this dastardly plague has confined you and venture forth into the stunning grounds of Shaw House in Newbury...” so says sculptor Jim Crockatt, also the curator of a new exhibition.

Open until 27 Spetember, the Orangery Lawns have been transformed into a sculpture park, where you can examine the stunning works by acclaimed sculptors from all over the country.

Shaw House is an Elizabethan Manor with a colourful history. It was the headquarters of King Charles l during the second battle of Newbury in 1644. And now, if you’re after a treat for the eyes, you can head to the manicured lawns and discover a mixture of 60 traditional, modern and cutting-edge contemporary artworks in the Altered States Open Air Sculpture Exhibition.

“You will have your mind enhanced, galvanise your imagination and your soul enriched,” says Jim, who himself produces sculpture, furniture and turned pieces in his studio at Bucklebury Common. He calls his works his ‘space rockets’, and when you see them, you’ll know why. Jim has been a member of the West Berkshire and Hampshire Open Studios Scheme for the last 20 years, and has exhibited extensively.

Mark Swan's diver

Photo: Richard MarkhamMark Swan's diver Photo: Richard Markham

“I toured the country going to sculpture exhibitions and meeting sculptors to source those I wanted to include in this exhibition,” says Jim. “We have a varied array of works for people to see.

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“We have a generous representation of wildlife as exemplified by a herd of deer by Holly Hickmore, horse, hares and hound by Carol Orwin, horse and hound by Stuart Anderson and a giant Piscean monster measuring 12 metres long from Adam Warwick Hall.

“The human species is represented by a series of robust homages to womanhood by Claire Ferguson Walker, a stunning study of balance by Brenden Murliss, a trio of dancing figures by Alison Berman and a sensational study of a female diver by Mark Swan, and finally some delightful comic studies of men at leisure by Allan Mackenzie.

“In contrast, we have some breathtaking glasswork manifested in giant plants, a series of fantastical accommodations hewn from cypress wood by Dan Cordell and indeed some phallicus totems by yours truly,” says Jim.

“Abstraction is elegantly represented by Matt Maddocks’s massive stone monoliths.”

Jim goes on to explain that the show is free, so there’s “nothing to lose and so much to gain”. He continues: “We want to attract new visitors to Shaw House who will hopefully appreciate these sculptures in wood, metal, stone and metal resin, and perhaps even buy a piece of work. Untimately, I am doing this because it’s fun. I enjoy it. And I believe we are so lucky to live in such a thriving, invigorating and creative community here in Berkshire.”

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