Exclusive bronze-cast Goblin Collection settles into Trentham
Trentham Shopping Village, in Staffordshire, has struck gold in the international world of sculpture, thanks to the arrival of an exclusive collection of bronze goblins.
Acclaimed artist David Goode, who grew up in the nearby market town of Leek, made a name for himself as Madam Tussaud’s youngest sculptor - travelling the world for sittings with famous figures ranging from Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson, to Ronald Reagan and Yasser Arafat.
After becoming a freelance sculptor in 1994, he found renewed fame with his Goblin Collection, inspired by a childhood fascination with myths and folklore and a love of Tolkien.
Now Trentham has become the only gallery outside of David’s studio in Oxford to stock his sought-after bronze-cast goblin pieces, which prove popular with buyers across the globe, particularly in the USA.
Glazed Art, which sells collectable and inspirational ceramic and glass art, has now added David Goode to its already impressive line-up of artists on show in the gallery - including those of artist David Meredith whose eye-catching installation of bronze wildlife sculptures is currently wowing visitors to Trentham Gardens.
Glazed Art owner, Mark Nixon says, “We really do feel quite honoured, and privileged, to be able to present David Goode’s fantastic range of bronze sculptures. We were introduced to him by a mutual friend, and after a brief conversation David thought that Trentham Gardens would be the perfect venue for his much sort-after work”.
The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, is one of the UK’s top visitor destinations, welcoming more than three million visitors a year. As well as the Shopping Village with its mix of shops, cafes and restaurants, the Estate is also home to Trentham Gardens, one of the UK’s most visited paid-for garden attractions, and Trentham Monkey Forest, a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques in a natural woodland setting.
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The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages. It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3.2m visitors per year and was awarded a Gold Accolade by VisitEngland in February 2018 in recognition of the quality visitor experience offered. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted just over 725,000 visits in 2017 - making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK. They were also named the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015. Owned and managed by St. Modwen Properties PLC, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate, which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. The Estate boasts: The famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile-long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 18th Century. The Trentham Garden Centre and newly expanded Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries with a 119-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel. Trentham Monkey Forest - a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment for this endangered species. Extensive woodlands.
Cultural Destinations Editors’ Notes
The Stoke-on-Trent Cultural Destinations Programme runs from 2017-2020, is funded by Arts Council England and is led by Stoke-on-Trent Museums Service. The Steering Group members are Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Visit Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent City Council Culture Team, British Ceramics Biennial, b Arts, Appetite, Trentham Estate, World of Wedgwood, Middleport Pottery and Staffordshire University, with advisory support from Creative Tourist.