Venue, Timing and Cost
Cotswold Sculpture Park runs an annual exhibition of at least 50 artists each year. This year is particularly extensive and impressive, with several Oxfordshire artists, as well as from further afield and overseas sculptors joining the exhibition.
The grounds are very beautiful and peaceful. Dave Hartland, a sculptor himself (in large scale environmental themes) has developed the park, and runs it out of passion for visual works that grip, that intrigue, that make you laugh, or pause, and wonder. Sculpture quality is very high. The Park and the annual exhibition are long-established.
The Park also has a small river with a very picturesque riverbank setting, as well as trees, garden areas, and clearings and paths. There is much bird-life too, as the land has been managed with wise environmental sensitivity.
And there is a small cafe.
I am Matt Smart, and exhibiting installation artist and sculptor. I am particularly impressed with the curatorship, and the sensitivity with which Dave arranges the many sculptures in harmony with the land and one-another. We spoke much about the dynamics of the land and the light, and the pieces, during installations.
Most works are available for purchase as well, if you see something you want in your garden or as a gift. Prices range from about £100 to over £10,000. Many artists take commissions, and offer lease arrangements for pieces, as Matt Smart, a sculptor based in Woodstock, does, so that you can test a piece in your home, and decide how long you want to display it, and whether to keep it. Pieces are also available for hire for events (as is the case with Matt's pieces being part of Oddball Festival (8th June, Oxford), and Art In The Park (Royal Leamington Spa) Festival in July.
A visit is likely to last up to two and a half hours to make the most of the Park and the art. I hope to see you there. It is an unusually beautiful place.