We are delighted to announce the recent completion of our sculpture path.
Rydal has a long history of inspiring artists over many centuries and that tradition continues today within the grounds of Rydal Hall. Recent work by Dianne Standen, Shawn Williamson and the Estates Team has seen the development of a sculpture path that winds through the formal gardens and woodlands in this beautiful hidden area of the Lake District.
There are currently more than 30 pieces of work in situ and more are planned. Stone, wood and metal feature in many of the sculptures but the majority of the work is textiles and we believe this to be the largest permanent outdoor exhibition of textile sculpture in the UK thus making it a Cumbrian first. All the work has been designed to be sympathetic to the environment and accentuate the wide variety of natural forms in the landscape. Much of the material used is recycled.
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. Other work can been seen at her studio, Artisan, in Cockermouth.
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.
Workshops coming soon: Download poster here