Paradise of Fools Exhibition

Monday 10 December 2012

It has been several years since his last exhibition and Ian Norbury is delighted to announce that in April 2013, he will hold what may be his final show. Set to be held at The Orangery, nestled in the grounds of the prestigious Highnam Court, the collection depicts a range of archetypal figures from ancient history to the modern day.

Ian says, "The title 'Paradise of Fools' reflects my interpretation on the history of folly, from the days of creation, through ancient mythology and folklore to the perverse foolishness of the 21st century's 'enlightened' mankind. We never learn!"

Ian uses astonishing woodcarving techniques combined with a rich imagination to produce contemporary pieces of art. Ian has matched different woods, metals and crystals to create sculptures which are either representational of the figure or surreal interpretations. Beyond the fine workmanship and beauty of wood, Ian's work is characterised by the captivating balance of mythology and tongue-in-cheek sideswipes at the pomposity of contemporary life.

Highnam Court will be opening their gardens to the public on the 27th and 28th April, 2013. This unmissable exhibition will take place in The Orangery. Visitors will also be given the opportunity to glimpse the floral heritage throughout the gardens. Tickets cost £5 for adults and entry is free for children. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Ian's chosen children's charity, The Pied Piper Appeal. All of the pieces (approximately 20) will be for sale and Ian will donate a percentage per sale to the charity as well.

Additionally, an exclusive invitation only viewing will take place 26th April 2013 6pm-8pm, to which press can attend. There is also an opportunity for a day preview by prior arrangement.


When: 27-28 April, 2013

Where: Highnam Court, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8DP

Contact: Ian Norbury