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A stunning indoor art exhibition and outdoor sculptures have been on display in The Walled Gardens at Croome Court since reopening throughout the seasons from Easter. The historic gardens are privately owned by husband and wife Chris and Karen Cronin, and have been attracting visitors to follow the ongoing restoration as well as to see the exhibitions, which are a new addition for 2018.

 The first exhibition showcasing the work of sculptors Simon Probyn and Diccon Dadey, and iPhone photographer Shirley Jones will run until Sunday 27th May 2018. As well as watching the gardens come into bloom over the summer months, visitors will have a new set of exhibitions to see when they return in June and July.

The exhibitions will showcase the work of talented and creative artists and provide inspiration for garden and art lovers alike. The second exhibition will run from Friday 1st June until Sunday 29th July 2018, with outdoor sculptures created by artists Daren Greenhow and husband and wife team Paul and Steph Simmons. The work of Shelly Perkins inspired by landscapes and wildlife found around her home in rural Worcestershire as well as her experiences on her extensive travels around the world can be viewed inside the Walled Gardens new visitor centre. There will be an opportunity to meet the artists on Saturday 2nd June 2018, and all exhibits will be available to purchase.

Daren Greenhow was born in the North East of England and now lives in Llanddewi Skirrid, South Wales. He has worked full-time as a sculptor for 15 years, prior to which he followed a career in science. Daren has always enjoyed inventing and making. Creation and innovation have been life-long passions. He enjoys the challenge of taking everyday objects and reinterpreting them in new and unexpected contexts. This is expressed strongly in Daren’s metal sculptures.

Daren’s medium of choice is steel, using welding as the primary joining technique. His work is figurative and abstract, large and small, and designed for indoors as well as outdoors. Subjects include; the human body, mammals, fish, birds, insects and mythical creatures.

Husband and wife duo Paul and Steph Simmons design and create beautiful and unique sculptures including; large and fantastical creatures, figurative and representational objects, and everything in-between. Willow and native woodland materials provide endless inspiration and possibilities for sculpture projects. Using locally sourced coppice timber and willow, they love to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for natural materials in the most imaginative and creative ways. They set up Willowcraft and Woodlands seventeen years ago. Their work includes commissions for individuals, schools, county councils and stately homes – you will see them on roundabouts, in play areas and town centres – as well as running willow craft activities at schools and events throughout the county.

Shelly Perkins seeks to emulate the beauty and fragility of nature using her own unique style. Shelly’s work is created using unusual methods combining traditional and digital techniques to create high detailed, multi-layered digital collages which she sells as limited edition prints. Instantly recognisable for its bold use of line and colour, Shelly’s extensive range of work features subjects from hares in Worcestershire meadows to Humpbacks in Antarctica. Whatever her subject, Shelly aims to immerse her audience in the natural world from her own perspective.

A further exhibition has been scheduled for August / September. Further details and profiles about the artists involved; Alison Bowyer, Karen Edwards and Worcester Embroiderer’s Guild can be found at www.croomewalledgardens.com.

The privately owned walled gardens will be open in partnership with National Trust every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus Bank Holiday Mondays 2018 until Sunday 30th September 2018. *Please note that the gardens will be closed to visitors 27-29th July 2018 and 17-19th August 2018 due to private events. Opening hours are 11am-5pm (last entry 4pm). Entry is £5 per adult, children free of charge (when accompanied with a paying adult). More information can be found by visiting www.croomewalledgardens.com. Access to The Walled Gardens is through Croome’s National Trust Visitor Centre where admission tickets can be purchased. If visitors would also like to visit the National Trust parkland and house there is an additional admission charge.

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