Discover art of the walled gardens - The Evesham Observer

Discover art of the walled gardens

Evesham Editorial 29th Mar, 2018   0

A SERIES of outdoor sculpture and indoor art exhibitions will be on display within the Walled Gardens at Croome Court this Easter.

Five of the seven acres of historic gardens at Croome have been privately owned by Chris and Karen Cronin since they rescued them from ruin in 2000.

The exhibitions will showcase the work of talented and creative artists and provide inspiration for garden and art lovers alike.

The first exhibition will run from today until Sunday, May 27 and showcase outdoor sculptures created by artists Simon Probyn and Diccon Dadey.

A celebration of the local Worcestershire landscape captured by photographer Shirley Jones can be viewed inside the Walled Gardens new visitor centre.

There will be an opportunity to meet the artists tomorrow and all exhibits will be available to purchase.

Simon Probyn is a sculptor who works using heavy industrial steel. Based in rural Herefordshire, he creates abstract and figurative works of art from both found and new material. He takes the man-made architectural steel designs and lets them subtly dictate their new purpose.

Simon came late to sculpting, having spent 30 years in unrelated employment.

Over the last five years, he has been able to focus his full attention on sculpture and he has been successful in creating highly original artwork.

“I revel in being my own boss, working within art and on my own bespoke designs,” he said.

Diccon Dadey is a metal sculptor working in steel to fabricate a wonderfully eclectic collection of modern and traditional house and garden art in 3D form.

Whether contemporary or traditional, whether abstract or a reflection of nature, a Diccon offers a unique and timeless piece of art which never fails to enhance its environment.

Shirley Jones loves to photograph her local environment, often revisiting sites several times in different weather, seasons and lighting conditions, all on her iPhone.

Having worked in the photographic business, in various areas, she finds it is a treat to now be shooting her own work and to experience the thrill that people enjoy her work enough to want to have it in their homes.

Two further exhibitions have been scheduled for June / July and August September.

Further details and profiles about the artists involved; Daren Greenhow, Paul and Steph Simmons, Shelly Perkins, Alison Bowyer, Karen Edwards and Worcester Embroiderer’s Guild can be found online at

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