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Spotlight on Outdoor Sculpture

Spotlight On Outdoor Sculpture & The Best Places To Visit To See It This Summer

We’re lucky to have worked with a number of talented sculptors over the years whose sculptures work in harmony with the landscape including Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Tom Stogdon whose work is featured below.

Last year we were particularly drawn to the wonderfully colourful sculptures created by Fellow of the The Royal British Society of Sculptors, Patricia Volk. Patricia’s striking abstract sculpture stems from her obsession as an artist in catching a very simple form or line, then enhancing it with colour. I even saw a beautiful wood sculpture base and it made me really want to get creating a sculpture myself!!

Sometimes these are juxtapositions that she hopes suggest contradictions of strength and fragility, stability and precariousness, like the relationships between human beings. There is also a sense of rest and activity, grace and motion giving each of her abstract sculptures a lively presence and a sense of individual character.

We’ve recently been custodian of a selection of Patricia’s work, keen to include the works in a Cavaliero Finn photoshoot, and I must say it’s going to be hard to part with them when the time comes. In particular, we love the way that ‘Emerge’ is echoed both in line, form and colour against the landscape in the images we’ve taken.

Barbara Hepworth once said: “..sculpture grows in the open light and with the movement of the sun its aspect is always changing; and with space and the sky above, it can expand and breathe. ….no sculpture really lives until it goes back into landscape.” She was spot on really and this is probably why sculpture has played a large part in our gardens for centuries. As well as being an object of beauty in its own right, it can be used to improve a view or to enhance a landscape and it can be strikingly different to its surroundings and also work beautifully, even in the most modest of sized gardens.

Patricia, studied three dimensional design at Middlesex University and ceramics at Bath Spa University. She is a Fellow of The Royal British Society of Sculptors and was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She currently lives in Somerset. Patricia’s abstract sculpture has been exhibited nationally and internationally. These include exhibitions at the Buekenholf-Phoenix Gallery in Belgium, Chichester Cathedral and the Royal West of England Academy. Her work is held in the collections owned by Lord Carrington, Simon Relph CBE, the British Consul (Ivory Coast) and Mary Portas. She was Regional Winner of the ING “Discerning Eye” prize in 2007 and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Brian Mercer Residency. More recently two of her pieces have been purchased by Swindon Museum & Art Gallery.

You can see more of Patricia’s work online and at our next show in Somerset organised as part of the Somerset Art Weeks Festival in September.

As the summer holidays approach, why not explore some breathtaking landscapes complimented by outdoor sculpture?

Here are a few suggestions from Juliana and myself of some of the outdoor sculpture exhibitions you could visit this summer:

Frieze Sculpture

Frieze Sculpture is open from 5 July to 8 October, presenting a free outdoor display throughout the summer months.
Selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and featuring leading international galleries, Frieze’s first-ever summer display in the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park brings together 25 new and significant works by leading 20th-century and contemporary artists from around the world, including: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Rasheed Araeen, Urs Fischer, KAWS, Alicja Kwade, Michael Craig-Martin, Ugo Rondinone and Sarah Sze.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

This stunning park has pieces by many internationally famous artists, including Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Anthony Caro and Antony Gormley. A huge variety of work is permanently scattered throughout the grounds, while exhibitions in the galleries also spill out into the landscape. It gives a perfect overview of British sculpture in the 20th century and is set in lovely scenery the most beautiful of English landscapes.
Admission free (donations only)

And, if you do venture to YSP do not leave Yorkshire without visiting The Hepworth Wakefleld (this year’s Museum of the Year), you will not regret it.

New Art Centre

An impressive list of artists have shown their work here over the past 17 years including William Turnbull, Antony Gormley and Anthony Caro. The sculptures are shown in beautiful grounds. We visited this wonderful setting when Cavaliero Finn’s highly acclaimed, ceramic sculptor Annie Turner was featured in an exhibition here alongside Richard Deacon.
Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 01980 862 244 Admission free (donations welcome)

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

A visit to the South West wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the small, but perfectly formed sculpture garden set in the magical, former home of Barbara Hepworth in St Ives.
Admission £6 adult. Barnoon Hill, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1AD

Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Garden, Devon

This summer we intend to visit this hotel whose gardens have 300 sculptures set in 10 acres of land. Cavaliero Finn artist Sandra James whose work we debuted two years ago at our first show in Somerset, is one of ten finalists in the National Sculpture Prize 2017 exhibition which runs throughout the summer. We will be showing a new collection of work by Sandra at our Somerset Show in September.

Broomhill Art Hotel: Muddiford Road, Barnstaple, North Devon, 01271 850 262
Admission – £5 per adult. £11.50 per family

Earth Sky Richard Long at Houghton

Richard Long is one of the most influential figures of conceptual and land art, part of a generation of distinguished British artists who extended the possibilities of sculpture beyond traditional materials and method. His new pieces in the grounds of Houghton Hall in Norfolk use a variety of materials, including local carr stone, flint from East Anglia, trees from the Estate and Cornish slate, and accompany the permanent Long sculpture, Full Moon Circle, which was commissioned for Houghton in 2003.

The show, EARTH SKY, Richard Long at Houghton runs until 26th October 2017 (selected days). It is the largest show since Long’s retrospective at the Tate in 2009, and is a unique opportunity to see new site-specific works set within the historic landscape of Houghton, alongside permanent pieces by a range of contemporary artists, including James Turrell, Zhan Wang, Jeppe Hein, Stephen Cox, Rachel Whiteread, Anya Gallaccio and Phillip King

Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6UE Tel: +44 (0) 1485 528569

Forde Abbey, A Landscape of Objects


Inspired by the landscape at Forde Abbey, a sculpture trail around the house and gardens incorporating work by artists, Anne Marie O’Sullivan and Tom McWalter, Eleanor Lakelin, Vezzini & Chen, Kaori Tatebayashi and Katie Spragg.

We were lucky enough to attend the private view of this show and particularly loved Eleanor Lakelin’s work which has a deep connection with nature and the landscape. Through turning and carving, Eleanor’s vessels grow and emerge referencing seeds, pollen and bark.

Vezzini & Chen’s porcelain and glass work nestling in the lake onsite was also impressive and is inspired by the structure and geometry of natural forms.

Forde Abbey and Gardens, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU T:01460 221290