Rydal has a long history of inspiring creative work and that tradition continues today within our hall and grounds. A recent development has been the formation of a sculpture path that winds through the grounds and woodland. Stone, wood and ceramics feature in many of the sculptures but the majority of work in the woods is created from textiles. We believe this to be the largest permanent outdoor exhibition of textile work in the UK making it a Cumbrian first.
All the pieces have been designed to be sympathetic to the environment and accentuate the wide variety of natural forms in the landscape. New work and updates can be viewed on Facebook at Dianne Standen/Creative Textiles.
The Woodland now offers an interactive area with a variety of materials for children and the young at heart to create with. Please feel free to purchase refreshments at our tea shop and enjoy them at the tables in adjacent woodland whilst your children play.
As ever, there is free entry to the grounds and gardens but donations to enable further work and maintenance are very welcome.
Dianne Standen is a textile designer who has been inspired by Rydal to produce a unique collection of outdoor textile work.
Shawn Williamson has worked at Rydal in the past with Josefina de Vasconcellos on different sculptures. He feels that the peace and energy many people get from the gardens has also inspired his own work in the grounds.
Marianne Birkby creates artworks with a knowledge of field craft developed from childhood. Many sketches are completed in the field in journals. From sketches and photographs the paintings continue to evolve in the studio.