With the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show only a few weeks away, I’ve been busy at the foundry getting my sculptures ready to exhibit.
The world-famous garden show is an important event in my calendar and one that I really look forward to. It is a great opportunity to get out of the studio and catch up with my regular collectors, as well as meeting people that do not know my work. We are in a great location at the top of the main show gardens, so I’m expecting lots of visitors.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show gives people a chance to view my sculptures in a unique setting. Sponsored by the CCLA, I am once again collaborating with garden designer Rachael White, a partnership that saw our 2016 stand at the show awarded 4 stars.
Chelsea is so much more than just plonking sculptures on plinths. It is all about story-telling and creating drama. The horticultural element is an essential part of my exhibition stand. Rachael has created an amazing design which incorporates an orangerie, a courtyard and an open garden, showing how my sculptures work sympathetically in both indoor and outdoor settings. I am really excited about how it is going to look! We have spent a lot of time deciding which sculptures will feature in which part of the design.
It seemed the perfect occasion to unveil new works fresh from the foundry, including a pair of Boxing Hares, Giraffe and two White Park Bulls. Some of you will have seen my Monumental Owl at my solo exhibition ‘Life in Bronze’ last year, but Chelsea will be its first proper public outing.
I’ve been trying out some new ideas and I am including a sculpture at the show that I think will surprise everyone a little. It is a bust of Winston Churchill. A recent commission, I wanted to exhibit it alongside my new wildlife bronzes as I think it shows what else I can do. I’m looking forward to seeing people’s reaction and getting some feedback.
With my next solo exhibition not until 2019, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 presents a rare opportunity to see my sculptures – including some brand new works never before exhibited – in a fantastic setting.
Now we just need to keep our fingers crossed for some May sunshine!
Hamish Mackie will be at RHS Chelsea Flower Show from Tue 23rd – Sat 27th May, Stand 292.