Ascot racecourse is delighted to unveil details of the artworks that are being installed ahead of the Royal Meeting later this month, including sculptures by Nic Fiddian Green, Philip Jackson, Hamish Mackie, Heather Jansch, Yong Ho Ji, Mark Coreth and Charles Elliott, and a hand-illustrated globe made by London globemakers Bellerby & Co. The racecourse has selected a variety of pieces by leading and emerging international artists, once again demonstrating their commitment to the world of art, and to enhancing the racegoers experience.
Working in partnership with Sladmore Contemporary and Muse: The Sculpture Company, a selection of sculptures are being installed around the grounds; “Fire” by Nic Fiddian Green (pictured above), British equestrian sculptor known the world over for his over-sized horse heads, will be on display in the new Village Enclosure. The 25ft bronze sculpture of a horse’s head was created using the ‘lost wax technique’, and depicts the head and neck of a horse turning.
In the Royal Enclosure Gardens, award-winning Scottish sculptor Philip Jackson’s ‘Bathing Belle’ and ‘Venetian Belle’ stand alongside British wildlife sculptor Hamish Mackie’s bronze ‘Bull Head’ and Heather Jansch’s ‘Sweet September’ 7ft wooden bronze horse. Mackie’s ‘Leopard In A Tree’ will be on display in the centre of the Grandstand, and Mark Coreth’s ‘Alfredi’s Ostrich’ on the Seafood Terrace. This follows on from Coreth’s life size bronze of the much-loved racehorse "Frankel", that was unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen at Royal Ascot in June 2015.
Korean artist Yong Ho Ji’s ‘Roaring Lion’, crafted from used tyres, steel, wood and Styrofoam, will stand in front of the Bandstand Lawn, and the Windsor Enclosure Lawn will house a Charles Elliott ‘Racehorse Sculpture’ (pictured above) - a full size racehorse sculpture from 8mm Mild steel.
A number of the above pieces will remain at the racecourse for the duration of the Flat Season, and some will be added to the permanent on-site collection.
In addition, a one-of-a-kind piece of art in the form of a globe, titled ‘A World Like Nowhere Else’, will be on display in the centre of the Grandstand on the concourse level. Adorned with 30 hand painted illustrations telling the tale of Royal Ascot’s long-standing traditions and rich heritage, the globe was created by London globemakers Bellerby & Co. The Royal Procession, Ascot’s iconic Greencoats, thoroughbreds running through waves, a statue of Yeats, a fleet of helicopters, well-dressed ladies, a Champagne waterfall, a floating cake stand representing afternoon tea and the famous Bandstand are just some of the highlights, that together tell the story of everything that Royal Ascot represents.
The globe is the fourth annual "Like Nowhere Else" themed piece of art commissioned by the racecourse, all of which have combined the elements that make Royal Ascot unique. Previous artworks in the series have included a collage of over 200 photos by David Mach and a bespoke tapestry by San Francisco-based embroidery artist Lauren Dicioccio.
Later in the summer, at the King George VI Weekend on Saturday 29th July, racegoers will have the chance to see a traditional Rangoli piece of art being created, by artist Rohit Rajaguru. The ancient, Asian process of placing brightly coloured powder down, by hand, to create stunning images is thought to bring good luck. A preview of the artform is also shortly being released by the racecourse depicting an image of the racehorse Galileo who celebrated a historic win in the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) in 2001.
Finally, art is now on sale in the new Ascot shop. Artist Sherree Valentine Daines presents six limited edition paintings of Royal Ascot scenes with greeting cards to match, and illustrator Lucy Stephens has unveiled three bespoke Ascot designs, on mounted prints and greeting cards.
Juliet Slot, Commercial Director, Ascot Racecourse says;“We are passionate about showcasing a diverse range of British and International art at Ascot for our visitors to enjoy. The racecourse provides a stunningly picturesque backdrop, and has become a platform for some of the most talented equine specialist and non-specialist artists. Year on year we look to surprise and delight our guests with a unique display of pieces, increasing our commitment and dedication to supporting artists who add so much value to the racegoers experience.”
Royal Ascot will be held from Tuesday 20th– Saturday 24thJune. The King George VI Weekend will be held on Friday 28thand Saturday 29thJuly. To book tickets or for further information visit ascot.co.uk or call 0844 346 3000.