A 40 tonne elephant comes to Doncaster!


Richard Bell and the Earl of Scarborough at the launch event.

The latest Exhibition at The Point recreates a sculpture from Doncaster’s Sand House which was a Victorian mansion carved from sandstone.

Exhibition: The Sand House – The Elephant in The Room

Wednesday 2nd May – Friday 29th June

The Point, 16 South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR

See more at: http://www.thepoint.org.uk/the-point

Follow us on twitter and watch the exhibition take shape: @darts_thepoint

A 40 tonne sand sculpture recreating the ‘Elephant and Mahout’ from Doncaster’s Sand House stand’s over two and a half metres high and forms the heart of a new exhibition at The Point.

It took Yorkshire based artist Jamie Wardley and his team a week to create.

Richard Bell, great-great grandson of the Sand House creator wants the town to have the chance to see the elephant again. He said: “The Sand House was unique – an example of Victorian eccentricity and ingenuity. Thanks to support from Heritage Lottery Fund through Arts Council England, I am delighted that people will get the chance to see the sculptures and find out more about this lost marvel.”

Helen Jones, Arts Development Manager at darts said: “We’ve never had an elephant in the gallery before – but with a double height roof space there is plenty of room for him and his mahout!

Opportunities to get involved-

Family Workshops – Saturday 12th May 2012

Learn sand carving and sand drawing skills at one-hour sessions in the Arts Park, Chequer Road- between The Point and Doncaster Museum.

Tickets available at The Tourist Information Centre (Blue Building) 38-40 High Street, Doncaster.

Stonecarving Demonstrations at Doncaster Minster- Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th May 10.30-3.30- Free Admission (Drop-in)

Oral History Day – Thursday 31st May 2012 –  11am and 6.30pm (Drop-in)

Share your personal stories of the Sand House and it’s tunnels and have them recorded to form a unique oral history of this lost marvel.

The Sand House – A Victorian Marvel’ – Thursday 7th June 2012

An illustrated talk about the Sandhouse from the mid 19th Century to the present day.

Tickets are £2.50 and are available from the Reception team at The Point.

For further information please contact:

Helen Jones, Arts Development Manager, darts

Tel: 01302 341662, email: helen@thepoint.org.uk

Richard Bell, Project manager of exhibition

Tel: 07777688438, email: thesandhouse@btinternet.com

Jamie Wardley, sculptor

Tel: 07917 800 361 email: jamie@sandinyoureye.co.uk

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