Second-year students from our BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts programme are currently exhibiting large-scale site-specific work in the Formal Garden at Mount Edgcumbe.
Originally intended to run from 10 May - 12 June 2019, the exhibition was such a success with visitors to Mount Edgecumbe that the decision was made to extend it until 30 September 2019.
In creating the work, students were given a brief by the team at Mount Edgcumbe, and were asked to respond to narratives connected to the house and grounds of the Grade 1 listed historic site.
David Marshall, Mount Edgcumbe Business Development Manager said, “I have been really impressed by the quality of imagination, ambition, ingenuity, practicality and sense of place shown by all the second-year Plymouth College of Art students involved in this year’s Mount Edgcumbe show. Their interpretations and the process of making their ideas a reality has been wonderful to experience – and we know the visiting public have been both surprised and delighted by their work.”
Students researched the popular country park from a variety of perspectives, before presenting their initial ideas and developing them further into the pieces you can see dotted around the gardens.
The work resulted in numerous individual responses to the brief, with sculptures made in a variety of media located around the Formal Garden including a stacked porcelain sculpture by student Gail Stubbs that references the significant advances that William Cookworthy made to the refinement of porcelain production in the UK. William Cookworthy (1705-1780) independently discovered the Chinese method of making hard-paste porcelain, and his work is known as “Plymouth Porcelain.”
You can also find a giant blown glass flower with a black bee nestling in the pollen by Charlotte Scurlock, created in response to the apiary at Mount Edgcumbe that aims to preserve and protect the native black bee.
We'd like to thank David Marshall and the gardeners at Mount Edgcumbe for this opportunity and for extending the exhibition.