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**Neil Porteous at Burtown House and Gardens
Myanmar to Mount Stewart ** In 2016, Neil Porteous explored two regions of Myanmar (Burma) and details his fascinating experiences from his trip. Neil presents details of the famed botanist and plant explorer Frank Kingdon Ward’s collection at Mount Stewart. Kingdon Ward also travelled to Burma on plant hunting expeditions.
Birdwoods at Burtown will open on 8th September, curated by our ex Zimbabwean cousins who have over the years created a very successful sculpture business. firstly designing and making their own designs with a team of local Zimbabweans, but after the having been forced off their farm they have now relocated to New Zealand where they now run their very successful Birdwods Sculpture Garden, sourcing both stone and metal sculpture from various African countries. We are honoured to be hosting their first European exhibition which flows on from last years show in New Hampshire. This proves to be an exciting Autumn show and we look forward to welcoming you all.
Original Water Colour Paintings by acclaimed botanical artist Wendy Walsh with portraits of Wendy by her daughter Lesley Fennell
Wendy Walsh was one of Ireland’s foremost botanical artists. She illustrated over a dozen botanical books, and designed postage stamps for the postal service of Ireland, and for Kiribati (formerly the Gilbert Islands). In addition she has worked with the late Sybil Connolly on fabric designs for Brunswick and Fils, and ceramics for Tiffany’s, including designs based on the flower collages of Mary Delany. She is known internationally for her books produced in conjunction with the distinguished botanist Dr Charles Nelson, former taxonomist at the National Botanic Gardens , Dublin. “An Irish Florilegium” won a bronze medal for the Most beautiful book in the world” at the Leipzig Book Fair.
Lesley fennell studied at the National College of Art, Dublin and the Byam Shaw School of Fine Art, London. She has always been particularly drawn to the human figure and the garden, and paints and draws extensively from life. Her paintings are mainly in oils, and she undertakes portrait and garden commissions. She has exhibited widely in Ireland, England, and abroad. Her work is in many collections, including the OPW, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trinity Law School, Limerick University, Kildare St and University Club, and KPMG
A Metalwork Exhibition With Gunvor Anhøj, Michael Calnan, Moss Gaynor, John Hogan and Jane Murtagh. April 4th - June 4th, 2017