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Sculpture trail showcasing the best of Norfolk to be opened by daughter of Queen’s sculptor

PUBLISHED: 15:58 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:14 03 July 2018

Sculpture 'Ammonite'. Picture: Hoveton Hall

Sculpture 'Ammonite'. Picture: Hoveton Hall

Hoveton Hall

A new outdoor sculpture trail featuring some of the region’s finest work will be opened by Lady Aurelia Young, whose father was the preferred sculptor of the Houses of Parliament.

One of the figurines which will be in Hoveton's gardens, Picture: Hoveton HallOne of the figurines which will be in Hoveton's gardens, Picture: Hoveton Hall

Lady Young will be opening ‘Sculpture Uncovered’ in the gardens of Hoveton Hall on July 4, as well as giving an introductory talk on her new book based on the life of her father Oscar Nemon.

Lady Young said: “As the daughter of a sculptor I know just how much work goes into every piece, and know how hard these artists work.

“I really appreciate the opportunity to come and open Sculpture uncovered, which showcases some beautiful figurines as well as some fascinating abstract pieces.”

The trail will include bronze figures from sculptor Kate Denton, metal bull rushes and wildlife handcrafted by Fransham blacksmith Nigel Denton, and fossil sculptures by Jackie Watson.

One of the many sculptures available for viewing at Hoveton Hall. Picture: Hoveton HallOne of the many sculptures available for viewing at Hoveton Hall. Picture: Hoveton Hall

Lady Young, who spent her childhood in Norfolk, said: “It’s so lovely to come back. My sister lives in the family home at Beachemwell Hall, and I visit her a lot. We used to spend summers visiting my grandparents in Norfolk, so it holds very fond memories.”

Lady Young, who is married to MP Lord Young of Cookham, said: “Another thing to say is thank you to Harry and Rachel Buxton for opening their beautiful gardens and allowing these artists to exhibit there.

“It means that the sculptors get to show their work, and the public get to see these fantastic pieces and potentially buy them to enhance their own gardens.”

Lady Young, who also recently unveiled her father’s statue of Sigmund Freud in Vienna, said: “It’s fabulous that we have such a volume of quality work and sculptors in the region, and that they have the chance to show their work in this beautiful setting.”

The exhibition will be open throughout July and August between 10.30am and 5pm.

Visitors will be able to meet with the artists at the opening event on Wednesday, July 4, at 1pm followed by an illustrated talk by Lady Young in the Garden Kitchen Café at 3pm.

Sculpture Uncovered at Hoveton Hall Gardens costs £7.50/adult, £4 a child (four to 16), OAPs £6.50 and under 4’s are free.

Who was Oscar Nemon?

Lady Young’s biography of her father chronicles her father’s training in Vienna, where he sculpted Sigmund Freud.

Later, Oscar Nemon had to flee Belgium from the Nazis in the 1930s.

Lady Young’s mother Patricia Villiers-Stuart of Beachemwell Hall, near Swaffham ,fell in love and eloped with Mr Nemon, much to the displeasure of her parents Colonel and Mrs Villiers-Stuart.

As a Jewish emigre he went on to sculpt the Queen and the Queen Mother.

He also sculpted political figures such as Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill, which appear in the Houses of Parliament, as well as President Eisenhower.

Lady Diana Princess of Wales had just had first sitting with Mr Nemon when he unexpectedly died in 1985.

The biography is named Finding Nemon, and will be available from September.

Pre-orders can be purchased from www.peterowen.com.

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