Art in the Arboretum 2023

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London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum hosted a sculpture trail in November 2023, inspired by the landscape.

Paxton’s Arboretum in London Road Cemetery, which has been restored by Historic Coventry Trust in partnership with Coventry City Council, welcomed visitors from November 8-11 as the arboretum’s hills, shrubs and trees served as inspiration for sculptures by four acclaimed artists.

Art in the Arboretum 2023

Art in the Arboretum 2023

Art in the Arboretum 2023

Art in the Arboretum 2023

Art in the Arboretum 2023

Art in the Arboretum 2023

Art in the Arboretum 2023

Art in the Arboretum 2023

Land based artists Julia Brooklyn, James Brunt, Caroline Hayes and Richard Shilling created sculptures in response to the arboretum’s landscape during the week of Remembrance Sunday.

James Brunt from South Yorkshire is a face familiar to London Road Cemetery visitors, having previously crafted in the grounds, his work playfully explored the simple gift of the natural world.

The sculpture created by Lancashire-based artist Julia Brooklyn explored the theme of reconciliation, with themes in her work including the relationship between wellbeing and nature.

Yorkshire-based Caroline Hayes focused on her passion for sustainable and natural craft as a tool for repurposing the unloved and forgotten, whilst the work of Richard Shilling from Lancashire explored ideas arounds cycles and geometry in the natural world.

London Road Cemetery was created in 1845 and designed by architect Joseph Paxton, and is an excellent example of the garden cemetery movement, with graves of many prominent Coventrians.

Following a restoration project led by Historic Coventry Trust, the cemetery and arboretum now offers residents and visitors to the city a green space for peace, calm and contemplation.

As part of their Art in the Arboretum showcase, visitors joined-in and supported the artists as they worked with the cemetery’s diverse array of natural materials.

The artists then hosted a guided walking tour of their artworks around the grounds, discussing their sculptures, creative process, and journey as artists.

Visitors also enjoy guided tours around the cemetery led by the Historic Coventry Trust research team. Visitors learnt about the people buried in the cemetery who fought in the First and Second World Wars.

The land sculptures were crafted as part of Coventry Peace Festival, which promotes the city’s unique history as a place of peace and reconciliation, and the sculptures remained at the arboretum throughout Remembrance weekend.

Art in the Arboretum 2023

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