Internationally-renowned artist comes to Sheffield Park next month

Internationally renowned artist Gabriela Albergaria is coming to Sheffield Park and Garden next month to work on a sculpture.

A felled tree is already in place and Gabriela is due to make a start on her installation in the week of February 19. It will take about five days to complete.


The tree in Sheffield Park and Garden which is ready to be transformed by artist-in-residence Gabriela Albergaria next month.

Gabriela is also due to give a talk at the National Trust property on Wednesday, February 28, at 10.30am to discuss the meaning behind the sculpture and the creative processes. If you would like to reserve a place please call 01825 790231.

The work is part of diep-haven, a festival of contemporary creation that will be running both sides of the channel, and based in and around Dieppe and Newhaven, throughout the summer.

Gabriella’s installation will remain in place at Sheffield Park and Garden until the end of the summer. She will also be exhibiting drawings produced during her residency at other locations that are part of the festival programme.

Gabriela, who lives and works in Lisbon and London, has exhibited regularly around the world since 1999, in places such as Berlin, Paris, New York, Portugal, Brazil and Venezuela.

Her Sheffield Park piece will be titled ‘Inanimate Object, or the complete circle of the soil’.

It is described as a reclining tree, made with several tree trunks and branches assembled together, and partially buried in the soil with some aerial tree branches supported with wooden structures.


Gabriela Albergaria’s sketch of her installation which is to be created at Sheffield Park and Garden.

The installation will be in a rectangle of fresh soil opened in the green lawn by the Top Lake, between the path and house, not far from Visitor Reception.

Gabriela says the piece deals with the idea of the circle of nature, life, death and back again to life. The power of regenerating itself.

She stresses she never kills a tree to do a sculpture. The pieces of trees used will all have been cut during normal maintenance. She hopes to use reclaimed wood beams for the supports.

The 2018 diep-haven festival is titled Terra Firma and will also take in Charleston Farmhouse at West Firle and Great Dixter in Northiam.

• Read more about diep-haven festival coming to Sheffield Park on the National Trust website here.

• Examples of Gabriela Albergaria’s work can be seen on her own website here.

• Contact details for Sheffield Park and Garden can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Coffee Shops, Gardens, Gift Shops, Plants, Restaurants, Shops, or Visitor Attractions.

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