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Feb 22, 2023

Award-winning FORM: The Sculpture Show returns this Spring

Our multi-award-winning sculpture show is returning this Spring, from April 1st to June 4th, when works by more than 35 leading contemporary sculptors will be showcased across the sculpture park. We’re also excited to share that, for the first time, the event will include a programme of talks and workshops alongside the exhibition.

FORM is such a special event and we are working hard alongside our fantastic exhibiting artists to create an experience which will be inspiring, energising and enriching – just like great art should be.

Meet the Artist talks, workshops and Q&As: New for 2023

Kicking off this year’s event is the acclaimed art critic, award-winning arts journalist and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon, with his talk Sculpture to See Before You Die. Drawing on his career-long expertise he’ll discuss some of the world’s most celebrated, influential, and iconic artworks, and share his definitive guide to the must-see pieces to seek out in your lifetime.
Tickets for Andrew’s talk will be available to book in advance from The Gallery’s website.

We will also welcome the team from the foundry Sculpture Castings. Across the duration of the show, they will be hosting a variety of talks about the casting process, including demonstrations of applying patina to a sculpture.

There will also be opportunities to learn more about some of the exhibiting artists too with our ‘Meet the Artist’ series. These artist-led talks will give visitors time to discover more about the person behind the sculpture, their creative processes, and the passions and preoccupations which inspire their artworks.

Get to know…

Paris-born Lucianne Lassalle has honed her traditional sculpting skills over the past three decades, exhibiting her works across the world and winning widespread acclaim.

Regularly working with life models, her fascination with the human form continues to propel her creativity, as she investigates and expresses humanity in all its nuances through her work. Her talk, taking place on Sunday, April 2nd, will offer a rare glimpse into her world. It is free to attend with paid entry to the sculpture park.

Carol Peace is an acclaimed figurative sculptor whose intensely personal work about the minutia of life and everyday human interactions is shown and collected globally. For her, the process of drawing is essential for her sculpture – she cannot work without it; that intuitive response is what she aims for in her work. Her talk on Saturday, April 8th will be free for all to join.

Carol will have a solo show ‘Peace at the Retreat’ at Sculpture by the Lakes from April 7th – 30th 2023. At this fascinating show, you can view her drawings and poems, integral to her practice, alongside her figurative sculptures. Ted Edley, a Dorset-based artist known for creating detailed sculptures using a variety of metals and objects found, will host his talk on May 28th, which is free to attend for Sculpture Park ticket holders. Ted, who some will recognise from his many appearances on Quest TVs ‘Salvage Hunters, the Restorers’, will share how his lifelong love of the sea and fascination with the industrial have inspired his dramatic, almost mythic sea creatures.

The Details: 

Entry to The Sculpture Park is ticketed and the price remains at £14.50 per person throughout the duration of the FORM exhibition.

Entry to The Makers Yard at Sculpture by the Lakes -which includes The Gallery, The Kitchen café, as well as artisan shops The Pantry and The Store – remains free of charge.

Artists’ talks will be free with entry to The Sculpture Park, as well as entry to The Retreat for Carol Peace’s solo show. Andrew Graham-Dixon’s talk will be a ticketed event – with tickets purchasable in advance when available at gallerybythelakes.co.uk.

Well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome to the Makers Yard and the Sculpture Park, apart from the Kitchen Garden and ornamental gardens. Children under 14, unfortunately, cannot be admitted.

See https://www.gallerybythelakes.co.uk/exhibitions/17-form-the-sculpture-show/overview/ for more information, and to book tickets visit https://tickets.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk/#home

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