National Garden Scheme offers virtual visits

first_img Melanie May | 1 May 2020 | News More gardens will be going live next week. These releases will focus on Gardens and Health – a campaign that the National Garden Scheme has championed since commissioning The Kings Fund Report into Gardens and Health in 2016.Rachel de Thame, National Garden Scheme ambassador, will introduce the special week and share the importance of her own garden to her health and wellbeing. There will also be films from its beneficiaries highlighting the role that gardens play in health care settings, including: Marie Curie, Horatio’s Garden, Stoke Mandeville, Maggie’s, and Parkinson’s UK.The Scheme will also visit some of the smaller community gardens that it supports, such as The Therapy Garden in Surrey and the Lindengate Community Garden, Bucks, and will be marking Garden Meditation Day on Sunday 3 May with its own meditation designed to transport people to a restful garden.The virtual visits are free, with people asked to consider donating to help the Scheme continue supporting charities. The National Garden Scheme is offering virtual visits to some of its gardens to enable it to continue raising funds for nursing and health charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.3,700 gardens were scheduled to open for the National Garden Scheme this year but the current lockdown means that their gates have been closed for the first time in the charity’s history.Garden owners, volunteers and head office staff at the National Garden Scheme are compiling virtual garden visits to keep their gardens open and to generate donations for their nursing and health beneficiaries on the front line of the coronavirus outbreak. Advertisement Ulting Wick, Essex. Credit: Marcus Harpur Main image: The Old Rectory Farnborough. Credit: Sussie Bell  260 total views,  2 views today  261 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.center_img Blackland House, Wiltshire. Credit: Britt Willoughby Dyer AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: COVID-19 virtual event Almost 20 gardens are now open for virtual visits including The Old Rectory, Farnborough, voted ‘the most beautiful Old Rectory in England’ by Country Life magazine, and celebrating its 50th year with the Scheme, Ulting Wick in Essex with its seasonal display of tulips, and Blackland House in Wiltshire, which also has beautiful tulips. National Garden Scheme offers virtual visitslast_img read more

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£15m art collection bequeathed to Oxford University

first_imgOver 400 works of modern Chinese art have been bequeathed to the Ashmolean museum by Michael Sullivan, a recently deceased Emeritus Fellow of St. Catz college. Professor Sullivan was an art historian and possibly the foremost counsel on Chinese art in the Western world. Upon his death, aged 96, in September, he bequeathed his extensive private collection to the Ashmolean museum.The collection contains over 400 works and has been described by the museum as, “The greatest private collection of modern Chinese art in the West”. Conservative estimates of the combined works’ value come to around £15m. During his long and distinguished career he was one of the first academics to bring the achievements of modern Chinese artists to light, publishing his first work on 20th century Chinese art as early as 1959.Professor Christopher Brown CBE, Director of the Ashmolean Museum, said:“Michael Sullivan was a longstanding friend and supporter of the Ashmolean and it was through his forethought and generosity that we have received this outstanding collection.“His paintings will be displayed, on rotation, in the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Gallery where they will be enjoyed by thousands of visitors; and scholars around the world will have the opportunity to use the works in their study, teaching, and research. We hope that it is a fitting testament to a great art historian and collector.”           A small set of paintings from the collection has been exhibited for some time already at the museum, as the ‘Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection of Modern Chinese Art’. Khoan Sullivan was Prof. Sullivan’s late wife and a Chinese national. The couple met on one of his first visits to the country; they were married in 1943 and remained so for sixty years, until her death in 2003.Wenyi Wang, a student at Teddy Hall and President of the Oxford University Chinese Society, was effusive about the donation:“I think this gorgeous gift from Prof. Michael Sullivan is very beneficial for our society and could give the public a brilliant chance to get in touch with Chinese culture and art. I believe Chinese art should be granted more attention and have the same status as its Western counterpart.”Walter Arader, a dealer of Asian art and DPhil candidate in Tibetan art at St. Cross college, said:“With the exuberant prices that similar works are fetching at auction these days, many selling for tens of millions USD, the gift [Professor Sullivan] has left to the Ashmolean is unprecedented for a university museum.  “The collection will surely draw visitors from around the world and in particular in November during Asian Art Week in London.  This gift will also hopefully spur the University to further the study of contemporary and classical Chinese art history.  “The collection is unique in that it was assembled at a time before the rampant forgeries that now plague the field were being produced. Professor Sullivan’s collection is a rare gem of the contemporary art market in that it was lovingly and carefully selected by a world authority in the field before the present time in which virtually every work’s authenticity must be called into question.”last_img read more

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