Rydal Hall: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition 2021

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Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition 2021


Cumbria Sculptors Group www.cumbriasculptors.com are delighted to be working in partnership with Rydal Hall www.Rydalhall.org to organise and deliver an exciting exhibition of outdoor sculpture this year within the beautiful grounds of this imposing historic house.

Rydal Hall Estate incorporates 40 acres of gardens, woodland, meadows and natural beauty, developed from the 1600’s up to the the present day.This includes the Grade II listed formal gardens in front of the Georgian south wing of the house designed by the renowned landscape architect Thomas Mawson. Below the formal garden lies the Quiet Garden in a secluded area of woodland with ponds and paths leading to the summerhouse and the river which crashes over a series of high waterfalls down a rocky ravine. This contains the Grot, one of Britains earliest examples of a viewing station to enjoy the spectacular Rydal falls.

The historic house, which is used as a conference and retreat centre for the Church of England Diocese of Carlisle, is located on the popular walking trail (coffin route) between Ambleside and Grasmere. The estate contains a riverside Tea Room (open 364 day per year in normal circumstances) which showcases work by local artists, holiday cottages and a bunk house and Bishop Bulley Barn used as an indoor exhibition and venue space. The gardens are free to members of the public, with a £5 day parking fee (£2 redeemable on purchases from the Tea Rooms).

Artists have long been inspired by Rydal Hall and the surrounding landscape. A large stone carving by Shawn Williamson and a piece by Josephina de Vasconcellos are sited in the Quiet Garden and a range of sculptures and installations are located throughout the grounds.

Sculptures selected for this exhibition will be sited in and around the Quiet Garden.

The exhibition will be advertised and promoted as widely as possible to stimulate interest and help generate visitor numbers.

Exhibition Dates

Subject to Government relaxation of the current Covid 19 lockdown and subject to any further public restrictions it is proposed that the exhibition will run between 1 May – 30 September 2021.

If the start has to be delayed, alternative dates and a revised installation timetable will be provided once details of lifted restrictions are known.

Application Process

The aim of this exhibition is to promote and showcase a breadth of contemporary sculpture in Cumbria and to complement and add to the existing sculpture and installations on display on the estate.

Applications are invited from sculptors currently living, or with their workshop/studio in Cumbria to exhibit their work. This can be in any sculptural material in the form of existing pieces suitable for display outdoors, or by creating new site specific work in response to the surrounding natural environment. The latter will require written or visual design details submitted with the application form.

Whilst this will be a selling exhibition, it is important to create a stimulating visual experience, therefore experimental or temporary works are welcome.

The submitted works will be reviewed and selected by the exhibition coordinators. Sculptors will be informed if their work has been selected with further installation and exhibition details provided.

The following requirements apply:

  • Up to three pieces of work considered per artist
  • All work must be securely fixed when erected, safely displayed and be child and animal proof and not represent any Heath & Safety hazards
  • Rydal Hall Estate and Cumbria Sculptors Group reserves the right to refuse or remove any sculpture considered unsafe
  • Sculpture will be sited to avoid impeding paths and vehicular access
  • If required, assistance will be provided by the exhibition coordinators to help transport sculptural elements from vehicles to their chosen location and in assembling sculpture or installations, under the direction of the individual sculptor
  • Any fixings and bedding materials used to secure sculpture or elements to the ground must be reversible and the ground surface returned to its prior condition when the sculpture is removed
  • All Sculptors must shown evidence of current Public Liability Insurance of £5million (Artists Newsletter a-n.co.U.K. annual membership subscription of £38 per annum is a reasonable and effective way of obtaining this cover, but other insurance cover is equally available/permissible)
  • Cumbria Sculptors Group and Rydal Hall estate cannot accept responsibility for theft of or damage to sculptures, and which are displayed at the artists own risk
  • Work sold during the exhibition and if taken away at that stage by the buyer, should if possible be replaced with another piece of work
  • The exhibition is on a not-for-profit basis, with 20% commission on any sales to Cumbria Sculptors Group/Rydal Hall Estate, used along with the Application Fees to cover administration and organisational costs, publicity, etc
  • A digital exhibition catalogue will be created using the information provided in the application forms and made available via the Cumbria Sculptors website. Each selected artist will be required to provide a short paragraph on themselves/their work and a short paragraph about each of their pieces
  • A £20 Application Fee is required per artist submitted with a single application form (see below) covering up to three sculptures.

Evidence of valid Public Liability Insurance must be provided before work is installed. Please provide details of this when completing the Application Form.

Proposed Timetable

Deadline for receipt of applications: 19 March 2021

Notification of acceptance to sculptors: 31 March 2021

Installation: 15 to 30 April 2021

Opening: 1 May – 30 September 2021

Dismantling: 30 September – 15 October 2021

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