Glass artists from Dorset will feature at the Chelsea Garden Show

TWO glass artists from Dorset are due to appear at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week.

Ian Godfrey and Gail Boothman will display their garden glass sculptures until May 28 to celebrate the ‘International Year of Glass’.

The artists were invited by stand curator Gabrielle Argent to provide three glass sculptures as part of the glass festival. They will be joined by glass artists from across the UK who all display their garden sculptures.

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Ian and Gail, known as Galiani Glass Art, have established themselves along the Purbeck Coast and have recently received national media coverage showcasing their work.

Ian said: ‘As artists we have only been producing our garden sculptures for the past few years so it is fantastic to be invited to join other artists from across the UK and represent Dorset at such an iconic and world famous garden show. We design and create our sculptures so that they can demonstrate all of the amazing qualities that glass has in beautiful color, lighting and reflection – all of which create a wonderful statement in the garden.

The duo have been producing their own glass art for over 13 years, during which time they have created a wide range of individual pieces as well as larger commissions for clients and collectors. The garden sculptures on display vary in size, with the largest being two meters high.

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Artists are currently taking part in Dorset Art Weeks which run until 29 May and will also take part in Purbeck Art Weeks from 28 May to 12 June as well as the Dorset Arts Festival later in the year.

Dorset Art Weeks is now in its 30th year and combines in-person exhibitions with online events as well in a post-pandemic hybrid approach. Events take place across Dorset with over 200 artists and arts groups involved across the county.

RHS Chelsea Flower Shows runs until Saturday May 29 with Galiani Glass Art on display until the 28th. The sculptures, along with a wider collection of glass art, will be on view between 8am and 8pm at stand 542.

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