Artists in residence at Cowley Hall


Country house and spa hotel Cowley Manor in Gloucestershire has invited invites students from the Royal College of Art in London to submit works to be sited in the hotel grounds.

For the third year running, the hotel invited a panel of judges to select a winner from a shortlist of seven, all of which are currently on show throughout Cowley Manor’s 55 acres of parkland until the end of September.

Chicken Soup, pictured,  by Lucia Quevedo is this year’s winner –  a painted steel sculpture of a smile which appears to hover in space. The piece has been acquired to remain permanently in the grounds of Cowley

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All other works can be purchased for between £2,500 and £5,000.

Owner Peter Frankopan, who acquired Cowley in 1999 is both an hotelier and senior research fellow in Byzantine and medieval history at Oxford University.

Late Victorian Cowley Manor, once home to the founder of the Horlicks malted milk brand was built to resemble the Villa Borghese in Rome, and offers some stunning backdrops for student’s works.

Interestingly, it was the first private house in the UK to use concrete as a building material.

This is reflected in a piece by Julia Frank whose cast concrete urn can be seen in near the waterfall in the garden.

Lewis Carroll used to be a regular visitor to Cowley Manor and Alice in Wonderland is said to have been inspired by the grounds.

Kathy Bowry

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