We’re excited to launch DSP Online, our new virtual visitor app. Starting at just £5 per month you can enjoy going behind the scenes at Devon Sculpture Park from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Bring our wildlife haven and creative retreat into your life and your home. Learn about smaller-scale rewilding and environmental art. Support a project doing something about climate change. Check out DSP Online today – CLICK HERE.
Rewilding provides a daily stream of changes to nature, our learnings and insights. DSP’s landscape, vistas, habitats, gardens, wildlife, environmental art and artists are special. You asked us for a way to tap into this as though you were a daily visitor – to experience what our team on the ground experience day in day out. So we’ve equipped and trained the team to record digitally while they go about their daily business.
We’ve worked hard over the last few months to launch DSP Online for the elderly, students, families and those with accessibility issues plus our growing number of supporters from across the UK and abroad. We also wanted to create a platform for visitors to our ‘physical’ park who want to continue their education and journey with us. With Coronavirus lock downs becoming more widespread we decided to accelerate our plans.
DSP Online is a rich multimedia virtual visitor platform sharing photos, articles, audio, video, online Q&A’s, live-stream chats and interviews. Contributions come from DSP’s team, our experts, specialists, artists and more. Each tier offers you deeper insights and greater interaction.
Take the first step into your rewilding journey. Please support this vital climate change project. Subscribe to DSP Online today –CLICK HERE.
Coronavirus update 23 March: we have decided to close the park to visitors until further notice. You can continue to enjoy the park and share our journey at DSP Online our new virtual visitor platform –CLICK HERE.
Coronavirus update 20 March: we remain open for pre-booked visits limited to outdoor activities and less than 10 visitors at a time. Lunches and teas are available for take away only and can be enjoyed in the gardens.
At DSP we are extremely vigilant of Coronavirus and continuously monitor the situation. We have implemented strict social distancing rules and do not shake hands. We regularly clean and disinfect.
As usual all visits must be pre-booked in advance at our website and we do not handle cash on site. Of course, if you or family members are self isolating or have travelled abroad in the last 14 days, you should not visit the park.
We are a place that celebrates rewilding, creativity, nature and wellbeing. A number of NHS staff retreat here – some regularly. We look forward to welcoming you.
The Lakehouse at Devon Sculpture Park is the perfect retreat for a staycation in Devon. The Capability Brown lake is mesmerising, situated at the top of the ancient cascade gardens, hidden by a beautiful horseshoe of trees that hang over the water.
The Lakehouse is available to stay in year round. Book a weekend get away off season or a week long stay in the peak holiday periods. Starting at £200 per night.
Sleeps up to 6 people with a master bedroom and 4 bunks. There is a large living area overlooking the lake with dining area, comfy seating, kitchen and a long island with stools. Outside enjoy the covered deck hovering over the lake, chaise lounges, benches with barbecue and a boat.
We have a number of beautiful spaces that are perfect for company retreats and meetings for 4 – 14 people.
The Robert Adam Orangery
Venue hire for company retreats, meetings and entertaining starts at £35pp. This includes room hire, entry to the wilded Capability Brown gardens and sculpture park plus lunch and morning refreshments.
Add a guided rewilding tour or environmental art tour to make your retreat a little more special.
We believe that environmental art on rewilded lands challenges and educates us about natural solutions to the climate crisis.
The current programme includes 4 open-air exhibitions plus 2 indoor exhibits in the wilded Capability Brown gardens. We host a diverse programme of art exhibitions and events. Like our Facebook page for invites to art openings, music sessions and workshops.
We’ve just opened our 2nd indoor gallery, the Robert Adam Gallery, with an exciting mix of artists and sculptors – most established, some emerging. Select artworks are for sale.
‘ART WILDED’, by Philip Letts, is in the lower Capability Brown gardens. ‘Bridges’ by Dartmoor-based Matt Dingle is in the inner gardens. Watch Exeter’s Chris Speyer building the last of his large-scale ceramics in The Paddock opposite the church. Speyer’s exhibition ‘Flux’ opened recently. Enjoy Colin Porter’s activist art installation ‘Tekin’ down the Trees’ above the Robert Adam Orangery.
We host group visits and guided tours of the main exhibitions and the permanent collection across the wider park. Book a Guided Environmental Art Tour – CLICK HERE.
Like our Facebook page for invites to exhibition openings, music sessions and workshops.
The ‘ART WILDED’ exhibition, by international artist Philip Letts, is a conceptual sculpture show examining key environmental issues including waste, plastics abuse, climate change and deforestation.
Philip’s art challenges urban consumer culture and its destruction of community and environment. He uses found objects and environmental discoveries from around the Rewilded estate alongside static, robotic, disconnected mannequin-like fibreglass figures defining ‘man VERSUS nature’.
‘Bridges’ is a collection of Matt Dingle’s sculptures to be found around The Terraces and inner gardens. Dartmoor’s Matt Dingle describes himself as sculptor and blacksmith. Most of his works are in galvanised steel.
His collection of sculptures and structures portray bridges to nature. He imaginatively creates shiny, reflecting steel sculptures finished with branches and leaves. Two of his structures are literally Bridges. One is a thirty foot leat carrying water plants in the summer and shimmering water over galvanised steel trays in the winter.
‘Flux’ by Chris Speyer is an exhibition of of large-scale environmental ceramicsculptures which opened in The Paddock. It includes a trio of sculptures with an environmentally sensitive performance element.
Two sculptures have been fired and one is being built on-site using Devon soil and estate rocks. Come and watch Chris in action.
‘STREET’ a celebration of street art and underground street artists opened February 1 in The Sheds Gallery.
‘STREET’ centres around Letts’ early abstract photographs of gritty, ephemeral street art and the artists in the back streets of London and Paris. The show includes works by often anonymous underground street artists who have produced striking, political art on weathered wood panels.
The exhibition brings ‘backstreet’ to edgy, rewilded Devon. It reminds us of the importance of ‘ephemeral’ in the battle for our planet.
OPEN-AIR PERMANENT COLLECTION
The Open-Air permanent collection comprises dozens of environmental artworks across the park and gardens. It includes sculptures and artworks from leading international artists as well as a collection of Letts’ environmental art. Book a Guided Art Tour – CLICK HERE.
RETREATS, MEETINGS & PRIVATE VIEWINGS
As a creative, rewilded retreat we have a number of stunning spaces for meetings, conferences, retreats and more. A full day retreat starts at £35 per person including room-hire, lunch and morning refreshments. It also includes access to the art exhibitions and Wilded Capability Brown gardens.
Entertain clients or guests. Visit the sculpture park and gardens followed by lunch and a private art viewing in the Robert Adam Gallery. Minimum 10 guests, £35 per person.
Devon Sculpture Park is based at Mamhead Park (South), Mamhead, Exeter EX6 8HE. It is 3 hours from London and 15 minutes from Exeter.
Sat Nav will get you most of the way but let’s you down at the final stage so please print off these directions so you don’t miss the turning that Sat Nav believes doesn’t exist!
Mamhead Park (South) is just above Mamhead and Ashcombe, a few miles South of Exeter. From Exeter or the M5 heading South take the A380 and exit at Old Haldon Hill. From Newton Abbot or Torquay take the A380 North and exit at Mamhead taking the 2nd right turn over the flyover.
Follow the road signed Mamhead & Dawlish for 3/4 mile and make sure to take the first right turn to Ashcombe. Go straight over the cross roads and continue on the lane for 1 mile, passing Mamhead Woods & the Obelisk on your left. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the junction signed Mamhead Village Hall. Devon Sculpture Park is on the left after 300 yds. You will see a thatched gatehouse and a sign for the sculpture park.
If you find yourself in Mamhead village pass the village hall on your left and at the first crossroads turn right up the hill. Continue for 1 mile and you will see the entrance and thatched gatehouse after a right bend.
Enter the private drive and continue to ‘PARKING’ area just before the church. Parking is free. Walk past the church up to the main entrance following signs to Capability Brown gardens.
Whichever way you come you can only enter the sculpture park from the Southern entrance to Mamhead Park.
The nearest train stations are:
– Starcross 3.5 miles
– Dawlish 4.5 miles
– Exeter St David’s 9 miles
Bus services in our area are woefully inadequate. This is something we’re taking up with the local council.
Several years ago we embarked on an experiment: the rewilding of our estate in Devon. We’re trying to ensure the restoration of natural ecological processes and the recovery of flaura and fauna.
Rewilding the land is an important new discipline for environmentally conscious people. See how our project has progressed. See the changes to the pastures, scrub and woodland and increases in animal, bird and insect life as we work to improve our soil and introduce a healthy balance of animals to rejuvenate the land.
Visit a sculpture park tackling climate change – where art, rugged seascapes and wildlife collide. Expect contemporary, conceptual, challenging art from environmental artists. Settle into a restorative, rewilded retreat where time stands still. Enjoy the unexpected.
A place for pre-booked day visits, guided tours, workshops and creative retreats.
Visit the open-air exhibitions plus two indoor exhibits. We recently opened the Robert Adam Gallery with an exciting mix of artists including Tracey Emin, Speyer, Wells, Dingle, Porter, Howe, Knowlden, Carroll, Murless, Marshall, Rigby and Letts. Select artworks for sale.
Book our featured Rewilding Tour Tour – CLICK HERE.
If you’re planning to visit please follow the link to our directions in the website footer.
We host a diverse programme of art exhibitions and events. Like our Facebook page for invites to exhibition openings and events. Settle into this uniquely restorative creative retreat.
And FYI we’re a park tackling Climate Change so the art, gardens, verges and grasslands are wilded. Nature leads withhabitats returned to ancient times.
This is not an ultra-manicured, traditional estate. If you’re not open to new ideas in art, or experimental sculptures. If you’re not open to truly Wilded gardens, slow cooked healthy cuisine, or simply retreating for a few hours, this might not be for you.
LUNCHES & TEAS AT THE ROBERT ADAM GALLERY
Pre-booked visitors and guests can enjoy fresh, organic lunches and teas inside the Robert Adam Gallery year round and on the terraces overlooking the sea and gardens when the sun’s out.
GUIDED TOURS & GROUP VISITS
We host a number of guided tours including a 2 hour Rewilding Tour of the Wilded lands (£35pp) with a Rewilding expert plus an all day Rewilding tour of the Rewilded lands and the Wilded Capability Brown gardens, lunch included (£85pp). To enquire email email@example.com.
We also offer guided art tours of the main exhibitions and the permanent collection. Book a Guided Art Tour – CLICK HERE. To arrange a group or school visit contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like our Facebook page for invites to exhibition openings, music sessions and workshops.
THE SHEDS INDOOR GALLERY
‘Textures’ a mixed media indoor exhibition is in The Sheds Gallery until January 31 2020. ‘STREET’ a celebration of street art and underground street artists opens February 1 2020.
Visit the Open Air permanent art collection in the historic parkland overlooking the sea. Book a Guided Art Tour – CLICK HERE.
Stay at the Lakehouse including free passes to the Sculpture Park.
Companies, charities and public sector organisations can join us for team retreats. We host meetings, workshops, private viewings and more. To enquire contact email@example.com.
Visit our Wilding Project and book a Rewilding Tour – CLICK HERE.