During September and October 2021 Carole Bury was the Artist in Residence at Rococo Garden, as part of Cheltenham Open Studios. This May Carole returns with her exhibition celebrating the Garden and illustrating her time spent immersed in our unique, historic valley. Carole described them as “Late summer days filled with summer warmth and heading towards cooler mornings, and the flower borders still bursting with colour.”

The leaves were beginning to change colour, and the skeletons of the trees slightly more noticeable. Some drawings were made on rainy days making everything muted and out of focus. Others on bright sunny days with plenty of interesting shadows. Carole says “The drawings are a reminder of conversations, companionable walks and revelations as snaking pathways lead from area to area (or room to room). There are secret corners, plans being made, secrets exchanged, whispering and eavesdropping. The Garden holds them all secure, and safely framed by beautiful trees.”

Carole’s paper textiles refer to the structure of the garden beds, reflecting slow, evolving growth, preparing for the arrival of Spring. They are constructed from lightweight papers, contain pen and pencil marks, pleats, cotton and silk threads, all quietly charting the progress.

Living and working from Elkstone in Gloucestershire, Carole is a professional artist, and has a BA(Hons) in drawing and fine art embroidery from Manchester.
She is a member of the Cheltenham Group of Artists, and her work has regularly been included in the ING Discerning Eye, Derwent Drawing, and RWA Annual Open. Currently she is exhibiting in the Beauport House Gallery in Hastings.

The ‘Celebration of Rococo Garden’ exhibition is in our Café throughout May – you don’t need to be visiting the Garden, you can just come and enjoy Carole’s work with a coffee and a slice of delicious cake.

Carole will be running drawing and monoprinting courses during May in the Garden. For more information about the upcoming workshops, please click here.