Cliveden Conservation has loaned some of their finest replica castings for display at The Georgian Group’s ‘Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship Exhibition’. The exhibition (2nd to the 25th February) celebrates 80 years of conservation work by the Georgian Group.
The exhibition, which aims to transport the visitor into a world of craftsmanship, beauty and design, celebrates traditional ‘Georgian’ crafts practised in the 21st century. Cliveden Conservation’s works of art will be displayed alongside other carved sculptures and ceiling designs, plus objects such as silk wallpaper and chandeliers, to demonstrate that the Georgian tradition is a living tradition which should be supported and preserved.
The castings loaned by Cliveden Conservation, which are all replicas of original pieces from historic houses, show a high level of craftsmanship. Pieces include two busts from Uppark House in West Sussex, ‘The Dancing Faun’ from Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, and Aphrodite from Syon House in Middlesex.
“We are delighted that some of our castings are being displayed by the Georgian Group. Figurative and decorative plaster work is an important aspect of many historic houses and landscapes, therefore, it is vital that this traditional craft is still used for conservation projects. We use this craft for reinstatement work as well as for castings for ceilings, sculptures and decorative pieces,” says Trevor Proudfoot, Managing Director, Cliveden Conservation.
Visitors to the exhibition will not only see work by the UK’s most experienced practitioners such as Cliveden Conservation but also work created by recent graduates. Free demonstrations and opportunities to meet the experts will also take place during the ‘Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship Exhibition’ at The Georgian Group’s headquarters in London.