Apr 24, 2023

FORM: The Sculpture Show so far!

FORM, by far our biggest exhibition of the year has now been open for a few weeks, and we have already welcomed over a thousand visitors to see exceptional works by 35 leading contemporary artists, including works by new artists, making their debut at FORM: The Sculpture Show 2023.

Our series of talks, brand new for this year, has also been a big hit with visitors, bringing them closer to the artists and enhancing their experience of the sculptures being shown.

The talks so far… 

To date, we have welcomed back Andrew Graham-Dixon, leading art critic and TV presenter, Lucianne Lassalle, globally renowned Paris-born sculptor, and Carol Peace, a collectable figurative sculptor and founder of the Bristol Drawing School.

In the most recent talk, visitors got the chance to meet Adam Paddon, Director and Master Patinateur at the Sculpture Castings Foundry. His talk took them through the fascinating process of patination for bronze sculptures, which he has mastered over years of experimentation and honing his specialist skills.

The series continues in May, with the next talk being given by the owner of Sculpture by the Lakes and co-founder Simon Gudgeon. He will give those attending an insight as to how his thirteen years of experience owning the Sculpture Park has informed his artistic practice. We’ll find out about his new works Prima, the delicate ballerina sculpture formed from individual bronze leaves, and Sail, the innovative kinetic sculpture that is nearing completion.

Some new faces and works

We are also excited to announce that we have a number of new sculptors exhibiting at this year’s sculpture show! 

These new artists include ceramicist Adrian Bates, who is the first ceramist to exhibit at FORM, we also have stone carver Ben Russell, exhibiting some of his extraordinarily life-like sculptures of organic forms; and fellow masterful stone carver Josh Locksmith, showing his leaf-form sculptures in the gallery.

In addition, Victoria Atkinson, who first showed her intriguing androgynous figures at Sculpture by the Lakes last summer, is exhibiting at FORM for the first time this year. Come and see her works congregated at the end of the Willow Walk.

Alongside our new artists, we also have returning artists David Williams-Ellis and Jilly Sutton. And, new works from some of last year’s favourite sculptors Marie Ackers, Adam Binder, John Davey, Fred Gordon, Beatrice Hoffman, Heather Jansch, Carl Longworth, and Gill Parker.

The key details

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

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

Artists’ talks are free with entry to The Sculpture Park, as is entry to The Retreat for Carol Peace’s solo show, which continues until the end of April.

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/

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