A new space for the arts in North Cornwall
— Jethro Jackson, 2019

The new Sculpture Garden at Porthilly Gallery will open with an inaugural exhibition of works in corten steel by Cheshire sculptor Jill Clarke.

The exhibition will be officially opened by BBC presenter and keen gardener, Jo Whiley.

The intimate space has been designed by London and Devon-based garden designer Tom Simpson. Tom won a gold medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 for The South West Water Green Garden. The judges commended the garden for its ‘originality, ambition and flair’, all features which are echoed in his elegant design for the Garden at Porthilly Gallery.

Inspired by this unique location, the surrounding landscape and the function of the space, the sculpture Garden will ensure that Porthilly becomes a destination for the arts in North Cornwall.

About Jill Clarke :

Jill Clarke creates artistic metalwork and sculpture for outdoor spaces. With her family, she runs a bespoke design service for organic sculptures and made-to-order items including planters, fire pits and screens. Jill uses metal to create works that tell stories, especially human ones such as overcoming adversity or being true to ourselves through mindfulness.

“When you invest in a Jill Clarke sculpture, you get more than just a physical product. Every piece represents a proud hand-fabricated design with craftsmanship which is as old as the hills.”

Jill Clarke’s trade stand at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 received the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘5 Star award’. The stand featured Jill’s corten sculptures ‘Resilience’, ‘Flow’ and ‘Balance’ amidst planting from Hortus Loci and was a background for a Gardeners’ World segment from radio personality and keen gardener Jo Whiley, which is where the duo met and formed a friendship. Jo now has two of Jill sculptures in her own Northamptonshire garden, sharing photos of them with her 130,000 Instagram followers: 2.5m high Resilience and spherical 2m high Windfall, both made from corten steel.

This collaboration with artist Jethro Jackson came about through a mutual respect for each others work.

Jill will install a series of works to launch the new Sculpture Garden at Porthilly Gallery.

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Join us for the opening weekend of the Porthilly Gallery Sculpture Garden.

We will be open to the public on Sunday 7 April 2019, from 10.30am - 4pm.

Come along for coffee & cake and a tour of the new space!