It is with true sadness and regret, that we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Fresh Air Sculpture Show until 2022.

After very careful and deliberate consideration, we have decided that the safety and wellbeing of our team, our community here in the village of Quenington, our participating sculptors, artists and makers, and of course our visitors, has to be at the forefront of our event. At this stage, with so much uncertainty around the pandemic, we cannot guarantee we can produce a show of our usual quality, joy and atmosphere, without compromising that safety.

We are a small team. We are proud to host an inspiring celebration of sculpture, design and craft in stunning gardens, set in a small, quiet community. To bring large numbers of visitors in at this time would be unfair to many.

Co-founder and chairman of Fresh Air Sculpture, Lucy Abel Smith writes “It is only when faced with the dismantling of Fresh Air Sculpture 2021 that the reach of the exhibition becomes apparent. The impact for the curators, the artists, the caterers, the tents and amenities and this year most of all, the loss of the education programme which was into 20 schools at a time when teachers and childre nare thirsting for the wonderful workshops in these remarkable surroundings taught by a great team of tutors. This is to say nothing of the enjoyment of our many visitors. We are feeling crushed. However, we aim to use what we can of our preparations for this year to lay the foundations for June 2022”.

We are optimistic that we can deliver a Fresh Air Sculpture show in 2022 to delight our regular visitors and draw new visitors in, all eager to soak in unique and original artworks and our beautiful gardens. The revised show dates will be Sunday 5 June – Sunday 26 June 2022.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to the show next year.



A Celebration of Contemporary Art in a Beautiful English Garden

The Old Rectory, Quenington, Gloucestershire GL7 5BN


Fresh Air Sculpture is a biennial sculpture exhibition held in the expansive organic garden of The Old Rectory in the Cotswold village of Quenington and affords a unique opportunity to see a creative mixture of traditional, modern and cutting-edge sculpture in a stunning outdoor setting. The Old Rectory gardens offer vast lawns joined by a bridge over the River Coln, hidden walkways through trees, pergolas and around tennis courts, beautiful flower and vegetable plots, and large impressive green houses.

Fresh Air Sculpture gathers over 130 contemporary pieces of outside sculpture together in this tranquil setting, many of which have been created specifically for the gardens. The excitement of Fresh Air Sculpture is the huge diversity of materials exploring a variety of media: from stone to textiles, ceramic to glass, sound to video, mosaic to metals, rubber to resin. Monumental pieces sit alongside smaller works to suit every size of garden or outdoor space.

The Pool House is converted into a modern gallery shop showcasing the best in contemporary design and craft – glass, textiles, leather, jewellery, ceramics and more.

All work is available to buy and commissions are welcome.

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