Endless Curve, Boundless Beauty
A major new sculpture, ‘Endless Curve’ by the Chinese artist, Wenqin Chen has been installed in the walled garden at Farrs in Beaminster, Dorset in time for a series of open days later in the year.
The work joins a selection of contemporary art at the home of internationally acclaimed furniture designer and maker John Makepeace, including pieces by Andy Goldsworthy, Terry Frost, Patrick Hughes, John Keane, Gabrielle Koch, Christie Brown and Tony Hayward. All can be viewed, together with the stunning gardens on Sundays 20th May, 3rd June, 15th July and 2nd September from 11am – 5pm.
Having raised over £8,000 for charity last year, John and Jennie Makepeace are hoping to raise even more money over these four very special Sundays this summer.
Farrs first opened to the public in 2010 following the creation of John’s inspirational grass garden, his first foray into garden design. This year the house and walled gardens will both be open on 3rd June to raise funds for Dorset Visual Arts, and as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) on Sundays 20th May, 15th July and 2nd September. In addition to the grass garden visitors will be able to see Jennie Makepeace’s gloriously colourful potager with new planting introducing an incredible riot of colour, and enjoy an area set aside for annual wild flowers to attract even more bees and butterflies.
Specialist nurseries will also be in attendance on the NGS Sundays. The UK’s leading grass specialist, Knoll Gardens has supported Farrs’ open days since John first planted the grass garden. Now they will be joined by others including Glenholme Herbs. Picket Lane Nursery and Pennard Plants.
Other new attractions include Robert Golden’s film, Essays in Wood’ commissioned by the Arts Council for John Makepeace’s recent exhibition.
With displays of John’s work, art in the house, and coffee and tea on the lawn, this is a rare opportunity to see some wonderful art in a truly inspirational setting.