Exciting new exhibition comes to The Point in Doncaster...
The exhibition entitled 'Sand House: The Elephant in the
Room', which is being staged at 'The Point', the home of Arts in
Doncaster, and supported by Arts Council England celebrates a
unique house that was sculpted in the 1850's and 1860's entirely
from a single block of sandstone and which was the home of wealthy
Victorian businessman Henry Senior.
As well as carving the house itself, which stood in a former
quarry, Senior excavated into the adjacent ground and created a
network of tunnels, decorated with fine and unusual carvings, one
of which was an 'Elephant and Mahout'.
A 40-tonne sand sculpture of this iconic carving
of the 'Elephant and Mahout' will form the centre-piece of
the exhibition and will be re-created by Jamie Wardley, a
Yorkshire-based artist who has gained an international
reputation for his amazing creations, working with both sand and
Other carvings from the Sand House will be used
as the theme of a 5 day training course for 5 selected trainees
who will have the opportunity to learn from Jamie Wardley and
one of his former trainees, Andy Moss, how to create artworks from
sand. The carvings created by the trainees will form part of the
'Elephant in the Room' exhibition.
The exhibition will open from the 2nd
May until the 15th of June but there will be the
opportunity for visitors to see the sand carving taking place from
the 23rd to the 28th April.