Mark Essen at Studio 16

Mark recently graduated from the Royal College of Art where his final show was a resounding success (my words not his). Two pieces were purchased by the RCA for their own collection and several sold to private collectors.  Mark is renting studio space at Studio 16 for a few months to make a collection of new work for a forthcoming exhibition entitled ‘Cassius Clay’ which is being organised by Marcelle Joseph, an independent curator and author based in London. Marcelle founded ‘Joseph Projects’ a roving contemporary arts project who stage 4 or 5  significant exhibitions each year, highlighting a range of important emerging to established artists working across a variety of media. Cassius Clay will be held at 84 Hatton Gardens on the 2nd October. More information to follow….


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Hidcote House

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I delivered two pieces to Hidcote Manor Sculpture Exhibition. An exhibition of sculpture in a Cotswold National Trust Garden. 

Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. It’s a must-see if you’re on holiday in the Cotswolds.

Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour. Many of the plants found growing in the garden were collected from Johnston’s many plant hunting trips to far away places. It’s the perfect place if you’re in need of gardening inspiration.

Find a quiet spot and sit on one of the ornate benches and watch green woodpeckers search for their lunch or listen to the calls from the buzzards circling overhead. Time it right and you might catch a glimpse of the elusive hummingbird moth.

Meander through the intricate gardens and into the Wilderness. This secluded stretch of tall trees is just right for a picnic. Take a glimpse beyond the boundary and see the garden blend effortlessly into the countryside beyond.

The Monarch’s Way path runs close-by. Follow it for a brief time from the car park and into the chocolate-box Cotswold hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim. You’ll be treated to traditionally thatched stone cottages that were once home to Johnston’s gardeners. They’re now owned by the Trust and rented out.