Lydia Shackleton the 19th century acclaimed botanical painter was a cousin, Wendy Walsh Irelands formost 20th century botanical painter and mother to Lesley lived in the stable yard house, Lesley herself an accomplished portrait and still live painter and Lesleys’s son James a professional photographer who has photographed 26 books to date. The Gallery at The Green Barn displays mostly Irish themed works as well as interesting furniture and interior pieces.
Sculpture in the Garden
Throughout the parkland and gardens of Burtown there are large sculptures from Eileen MacDonagh, Catherine Green, Shane Jackson and a host of Zimbawean artists. From huge stone sculptures to smaller more intermit pieces hidden around the corners. Sculpture and art shows are hosted throughout the seasons.
Burtown House continues its connection with Zimbabwe and has a collection of shona stone sculpture avialable to buy. Hosted by our cousins in New Zealand Louise and Bruce Stobart our ‘Birdwoods at Burtown’ exhibition connects New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Ireland – through family association, a multigenerational inheritance of creativity, and a shared entrepreneurial spirit.