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.
About the Sculpture Path
Our Woodland Sculpture Path has been created to compliment , enhance and encourage exploration of the natural forms and shapes in our woodland .
The majority of the Woodland work has been undertaken by our artist in residence for the past ten years, Dianne Standen. For ongoing updates to the path see Facebook- Dianne Standen/Creative Textiles.
You will find a marked path that starts and finishes in the teashop rear garden and finishes in the tea shop garden. Other work can be found throughout the grounds.
Dianne Standen is a textile designer who has been inspired by Rydal to produce a unique collection of outdoor textile work. Visit: www.creative-textiles.co.uk
Rydal Beck which threads through the woodland in a cascade of waterfalls is a major source of inspiration for my work.
“Where land and water touch the soul meets the spiritual world more easily” Emil Block
The movement of both air and water as described in Thomas Schwenk’s book Sensitive Chaos has stimulated the creation of dynamic forms such as droplets, spirals and vortices which can be found in various designs and locations along the path. Within the woodland are circular hole and grid pieces designed to energise the movement of air by recreating the spirals and vortices that occur naturally within the movement of water in Rydal Beck. Other work arises from requests for sensory work or has been designed to appeal to children. The majority of the textiles are made from organic material-wool . The brown and grey fibre used is hand spun Herdwick wool from Grasmere sheep. Weathering over time brings interesting changes to the work. Lichen and other growths can take hold and transform the wool. Where any rotting of the fabric becomes advanced work is replaced or adapted. This creates a changing content on the path which makes documenting the work challenging so no list is available. However seeking out the sculptures can bring its own reward in finding a varied assortment of natural textures and discovering our wonderful stumpery collection of fallen wood and moss growth.
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.
Other Sculptures in Rydal Hall grounds
In the centre of the woods is a metal sculpture created in 2000 for the Jubilee Debt Project and titled Man In Chains.
Quiet Garden and Track
Raphael, a stone carving created as a memorial to Josefina de Vasconcellos who worked in the grounds of Rydal Hall, by Sculptor Shawn Williamson.
Harp by Shawn Williamson. 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.
Three Birds, felt work in hoops suspended from trees created by Victoria Relph of Lakes Collective group.
Spider and Dragonfly, wood creations by Pete John member of Rydal Estates team.
Formal Mawson Garden
Spirals and glass textile work on gates by Dianne Standen
Camila Zaccarelli – 9 June to 7 July
From 9 June to 7 July Rydal Hall will welcome guest artist Camila Zaccarelli from Chile who will be on site creating some unusual South American inspired work in our woodland followed by a collaborative exhibition with Dianne Standen in the Old Schoolroom Teashop during July and August. Open daily 10-5 . Waterfall gardens and walks. No admission charges to the Sculpture Path open dawn to dusk daily.