Roche Court Sculpture Park and Wilton House – Tuesday 12th June 2018

Private tour of the major collection of contemporary  sculpture in the lovely grounds of Roche Court, a manor house near Salisbury. Followed by lunch and time to explore the 17th C interior, art collection, classic cars and riverside grounds at stunning Wilton House.  

Following up our April lecture on modern 20th C Sculpture, our first stop will be at the New Art Centre Sculpture Park in the beautiful parkland setting of Roche Court, a stone built manor house, dating back to 1804, near Salisbury. The New Art Centre showcases a changing programme of works and represents various artists’ estates, including Barbara Hepworth. After a break for coffee and cake, we shall have a guided tour of sculpture works in the gardens and parkland and in the accompanying gallery and Artists House, which include paintings and ceramics.

After our tour we will go on to Wilton House, just outside Salisbury, for lunch and a visit to this wonderful  house, seat of the Earls of Pembroke since 1544 and much used as a setting for films – e.g. The Young Victoria, Pride and Prejudice, Mrs Brown. Originally a Tudor house, possibly to a design by Hans Holbein the Younger, the present house was re-imagined in the Palladian style by Inigo Jones in the 17th C.

We shall have a self-guided visit to the house (but there will be guides in all the principal rooms), which is home to a major art and sculpture collection as well as the magnificence of the state rooms. There will also be time to enjoy the lovely riverside gardens, visit the exhibition about Cecil Beaton and see the collection of Classic and Super Cars.