Standen House 2023
We are returning to Standen again this year and offer you the opportunity to exhibit your sculptures as part of our confirmed calendar for 2023.
Tuesday, 6 June 2023
Sunday, 2 July 2023
Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
Standen House and Garden is a beautiful National Trust property with an annual footfall of approx. 180,000. For those that don’t know it, it is a fascinating place originally created as a family home in the 1890’s. The architect Philip Webb worked closely with Morris & Co., so everything is very much in the Arts and Crafts style. The house and grounds are open to the public and there is a very nice tea room, all attracting lots of visitors. The garden will be open 7 days a week.
Allan Mackenzie will be designing the exhibition again this year and we will have a trail suitable for outdoor sculptures of all sizes (there is also room for some wall/tree hangings).
The trail we envisage will take in a mixture of intimate spaces and more exposed areas. There is a terrace with potential space for exterior wall plaques. There are plenty of trees, lawns, flower beds, a small pond for a limited number of water themed pieces and a vegetable/kitchen garden. It’s a big space and we think we could display up to 150 pieces (depending what you all send in on your applications!). To give us plenty of choice you can apply with up to 5 pieces each.
It will be a stewarded exhibition, with 1 or 2 people on duty every day, so if you apply you must be willing and able to steward (training will be given). The sales desk will be in a gazebo at the entrance to the garden. Stewards´ jobs will include handing out guides to every visitor, chatting to people about the sculptures, checking and cleaning the sculptures and hopefully taking lots and lots of sales!
Please also note that you will not be able to drive right up to your sculpture location during set up/takedown, there will be help on hand in the form of the garden staff and a tractor for large/heavy pieces, but we will need to know in advance (write it in the comment section of the application forms please) if you need help.
Very much looking forward to working with you all!
Alison Catchlove (Exhibition Manager)
National Trust - Standen House and Garden, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, UK
MON 20 FEB - Applications Open
MON 13 MAR - Application Deadline
MON 05 JUN - Set Up
TUE 06 JUN - Exhibition Opens
SUN 02 JUL - Exhibition Closes
MON 03 JUL - Take Down