- HorseWorld Hosts Unique Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

The show which runs for six months will exhibit the work of over thirty exciting and diverse artists, to include;  Gilbert Whyman, Tom Hill, Janet Roome, Jolanta Jagiello and Andrew De Friesz.  The idea of the exhibition is to display horses, ponies and donkeys and their mythological variants illustrating their place in history, prehistory and myth.

Artists have been encouraged to be creative and design a horse related piece which will be displayed at the charity’s Whitchurch based Visitor Centre.  Materials will range from alabaster, bronze and ceramic to recycled engine bits.

Organiser and curator Anthony Wilson said: “There are a range of artists from one who has exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Show to one who exhibits most frequently as a graffiti artist.  Among the exhibits are a tableau after the prehistoric cave paintings, a Lady and a Unicorn, a hobby horse and a Rocking Centaur, something for every taste!”

A Horse in World War I by Bristol artist Janet Roome relates particularly to the suffering of horses during the Great War.  Cut from metal sheets, it represents the extreme conditions horses experienced in conflict.  She is also exhibiting a piece as a personal tribute to her grandfather who served in Queen Mary’s Own Hussars and is one of the World War 1 missing in action.   The piece is in ceramic and shows her grandfather beside his horse.  It is estimated that 8 million horses died during the war. 

Entrance to the exhibition is included in the standard admission cost for HorseWorld’s Visitor Centre which is £6.95 for an adult.

HorseWorld is responsible for the care of nearly 500 equines, giving them the safe and happy futures they deserve, free from pain or neglect.

The Visitor Centre plays an important role, allowing the public to meet some of the recovered animals and learn about animal welfare. It is home to rescued horses, donkeys, hens, ducks, goats, ferrets and Portia the pot-bellied pig. Funds raised from the Visitor Centre are used to help pay for the charity’s work.

HorseWorld is celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the opening of the charity’s award-winning Visitor Centre. There are a range of activities and special events throughout the year, including the charity’s Open Day on Sunday 9th May, where visitors can see two of the artists at work. For more details please visit www.horseworld.org.uk/events

Posted on: 26th July 2010