Major new Scottish sculpture unveiled at Marchmont House

A new work by one of the leading abstract sculptors in Scotland is set to go on show to the public for the first time.

It can be seen later this month at Marchmont House near Duns in the Scottish Borders.

Epsilon is a 2.5m high bronze by Keith McCarter, who has created private and public commissions for clients across the globe in a career spanning over five decades.

The new work will be officially unveiled as part of Exploring Modern Scottish Sculpture, a workshop organised at Marchmont, an 18th century Grade A listed Palladian mansion whose recent eight-year restoration has inspired Hugo Burge, director of Marchmont Farms Limited, to commence a journey to bring it alive as a home for makers and creators, celebrating creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The sculpture workshop takes place on 21 September and will bring together a world-class group of speakers who will explore whether beautiful, inspiring and internationally influential post-war Scottish sculpture has been under-celebrated.

Artists attending to discuss the topic include Kenny Hunter, David Mach RA, Charles Poulsen and Keith McCarter. Other contributions and discussions on leading lights of post-war Scotland like Paolozzi, Turnbull and Laing, will come from participants including Richard Demarco CBE, Professor Andrew Patrizio, art historian Bill Hare and Alice Strang from National Galleries of Scotland.

Epsilon, which the public can view for the first time at this event and during two separate sculpture tours of Marchmont on 22 September, is the latest of Keith McCarter’s abstract pieces and is inspired by his love of Greece and its history as the birthplace of western civilisation.

McCarter works in a range of mediums including stainless steel, bronze and concrete and his sculptures can be found across the globe from Washington DC and New York to Switzerland, Nigeria and sites in the UK including London, York, Norfolk, Greenock and Edinburgh. All are envisaged on a large scale in a landscaped or built environment, with art and architecture working hand in glove.

Marchmont House director, Hugo Burge, who commissioned the new sculpture, said: ‘Epsilon is a stunning addition to the collections here at Marchmont. Praised and encouraged by Henry Moore, Keith McCarter is typical of the incredible artists we will be discussing in our workshop who I believe deserve greater recognition both within Scotland and further afield.

‘I hope that this event will give people an opportunity to discover more about modern Scottish sculpture and leave participants with a greater understanding and enthusiasm for the work that Scotland has inspired.’

Exploring Modern Sculpture takes place at Marchmont House on Saturday 21 September and is sponsored by Lyon & Turnbull and Pangolin London. Pre-booking required. For further information and tickets, visit EventBrite.

Two Scottish Sculpture Tours at Marchmont take place on Sunday 22 September and are sponsored by Lyon & Turnbull and Pangolin London. Pre-booking required. For further information and tickets, visit EventBrite.