Exhibition of over 200 pieces at Sculpture by the Lakes

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AN EXHIBITION featuring over 200 pieces can now be seen in an award-winning sculpture park.

The large collection can be seen throughout the park, courtyard and gallery, at Sculpture by Lakes in Pallington Lakes, near Dorchester, as part of the FORM 2022 exhibition which is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. , until May 29.

The large-scale and monumental sculptures were installed across the site’s 26 acres of lakes, rivers, gardens and woodland following the success of last year’s inaugural event.

Simon Gudgeon, sculptor and founder of Sculpture by the Lakes, said: “People seem to like what we’ve created here, I’m happy to say. We’ve had many repeat and return visitors, with many coming through our doors for the first time, as well as a few collectors and buyers traveling several hours to be here.

“This is a special event in a very special place. My team and I have worked for a year to onboard some of the best contemporary artists and build a collection of work of exceptional quality. Here, visitors and shoppers can see them scaled to their surroundings, in a beautiful environment that enhances that experience.

“Visitors tell us it’s uplifting, energizing and enriching – which is exactly what great art should be.”

Among the works at FORM 2022 are nine pieces by the late Heather Jansch – the first exhibition of her work since her death last year. She was best known for her life-size sculptures of horses in driftwood and bronze, some of which are on display in the park, as well as smaller pieces in the gallery.

There are also new pieces by Adam Binder, Nick Bibby, Fred Gordon, Carol Peace, Nadine Collinson, Nicola Godden and Lucianne Lassalle, among others. The vast majority of artworks are available for purchase at a range of prices.

In addition, presented for the first time at FORM 2022, Simon Gudgeon’s new piece, Parallel Passé. Like her previous work Athena, this ballerina sculpture was created with Voronoi motifs, in a pose inspired by Prima Ballerina Ksenia Ovsyanick, Principal Ballerina of Berlin’s Staatsballett, who came to model for Simon in her Dorset studio.

Mr. Gudgeon added: “I’m also working on a new kinetic sculpture, Sail. It’s an experimental piece that, if I can have enough time in my studio, could be shown for the first time in the final stages of FORM. 2022.”

Over the final five days of FORM 22, the exhibition will coincide with two other events at Sculpture by the Lakes – the Dorset Garden Festival incorporating the Fire and Food Festival, both taking place from 25-29 May.

The former is a celebration of outdoor living with a wide range of exhibitors showcasing everything from plants to garden art to coppicing, while Fire and Food, brand new for 2022, offers a roster inspirational scene of chefs demonstrating open fire cooking in the new outdoor kitchen by the river.

Tickets for all of these events cost £12.50. Daily entry is capped, organizers say booking is essential. For more information and to book visit https://www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk/

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