Stay at the Lakehouse

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 sleeps 6 with a master bedroom plus four bunks. It has a large main room with dining, living and kitchen overlooking the lake. You even get a boat.
The covered deck at the Lakehouse hovers over the lake. It’s perfect for sitting out or dining al fresco.
There are a number of idyllic seating areas around the lake, connected by natural, covered walkways. The ultimate place to get away from it all.

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.

To enquire email hello@devonsculpturepark.org

Venue Hire

We have a number of beautiful spaces that are perfect for company retreats and meetings for 4 – 14 people.

The Lakehouse

The Lakehouse is ideal for relaxed, creative retreats or meetings for 6-10 people. It has all the facilities including kitchen and barbecue.

The Robert Adam Orangery

The Robert Adam Orangery has 2 main rooms, one for lunch and the other for more formal company meetings. It’s also perfect for client entertaining. Groups of 8-14.

The Schoolhouse

The Schoolhouse has two classrooms, each is ideal for intimate meetings of 4-6 people

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.

To enquire email hello@devonsculpturepark.org

Exhibitions

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. 4 environmental artists, 5 exhibitions 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 Art TourCLICK HERE.

EVENTS

Like our Facebook page for invites to exhibition openings, music sessions and workshops.

If you would like to organise an event here or run a workshop please contact hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

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 ceramic sculptures which has just 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.

The ‘Textures’ Mixed Media exhibition in The Sheds Gallery until 31 January 2020.

‘Textures’ examines multiple mixed media. A number of theatrical, multi-layered assemblage artworks ask us to reflect on our current challenging issues. This indoor exhibition fuses sculpture with mixed media. It includes some of Philip Letts’ later works.

‘STREET’ a celebration of street art and underground street artists opens 1 February 2020 in The Sheds Gallery.

OPEN-AIR PERMANENT COLLECTION

The Open-Air permanent collection comprises around 100 artworks across 50 acres of the park and gardens. It includes dozens of 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.

To enquire contact hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

Volunteering

We’re looking for regular volunteers to help with the art programme, gardens and rewilding (wildlife conservation). You can volunteer 6 hours a fortnight or more.

When you’re here volunteering you get free food, learning and you have fun with our growing communities. Regular volunteers get 60% discounts on all activities at the park.

If you would like to volunteer at Devon Sculpture Park please follow us on Facebook and email hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

In the future we plan to provide programmes for local support groups and charities.

Getting Here

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.

Devon Sculpture Park

Mamhead Park (South)

Exeter

EX6 8HE

hello@devonsculpturepark.org

What to see and do

Visit the UK’s leading smaller scale rewilding project and environmental art centre. Devon Sculpture Park is surrounded by a 100 acre Rewilding Project on an historic estate a few miles south of Exeter. 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 and creative retreats.

Visit 4 open-air exhibitions plus 2 indoor exhibits. Four environmental artists, five exhibitions in the Wilded Capability Brown gardens. We’ve just opened the Robert Adam Gallery with an exciting mix of artists including Tracey Emin, Speyer, Wells, Dingle, Porter, Knowlden, Dickinson, Carroll, Murless, Marshall and Letts. Select artworks for sale.

To purchase gift vouchers contact hello@devonsculpturepark.org or ask in the Robert Adam Gallery.

Book our featured Rewilding Tour todayCLICK HERE.

THE PLACE

If you’re planning to visit please follow the link to our directions in the 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 created by Philip Letts, artist and environmental activist.

And FYI we’re a park tackling Climate Change so the art, gardens, verges and grasslands are wilded. Nature leads with habitats 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

Enjoy fresh, home cooked 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 hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

We also offer guided art tours of the main exhibitions and the permanent collection. Book a Guided Art TourCLICK HERE. To arrange a group or school visit contact hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

EVENTS

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 31 January 2020. ‘STREET’ a celebration of street art and underground street artists opens 1 February 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 or Summer House 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 hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

Visit our Wilding Project and book a Rewilding Tour – CLICK HERE.

Artist Programme

Devon Sculpture Park is a wildlife haven and creative retreat. We are the UK’s leading smaller scale rewilding project and environmental art centre. You can find us just a few miles south of Exeter with endless sea views providing ‘seascape for art’.

Discover a budding new contemporary art centre with open-air and indoor exhibition spaces, artist studios, retreat facilities and natural stages for performance – art, theatre, music and more. We host a diverse programme of art exhibitions with new shows opening through the seasons. We put the artist at the centre of everything we do. We are your creative, rewilded retreat.

Mingle with creatives for coffee, lunch or tea in The Robert Adam Gallery. Get involved in our artist programme and a sculpture park genuinely tackling climate change.

As an artist your first step could be to join us at our ARTIST OPEN DAYS on the first Friday of March, June and September. Entry for artists is half price (£6). Artists need to pre-book by emailing hello@devonsculpturepark.org. Please book early as numbers are limited.

We offer an intro talk in the car park at 10.15am. Follow us on Social Media for announcements.

One of the most impactful views in Devon acts as backdrop. Steeped in history the Rewilded park was created to support a mixed programme of contemporary art and performance from UK and international artists.

Created by international artist, Philip Letts, indoor and outdoor art covers all forms that speak to our themes:

– contemporary

– political

– environmental

– organic

We exist to support and showcase both established and emerging artists. We’re not afraid to show experimental art. We love highly contemporary art from bold artists.

If you would like to be considered for exhibitions or performances at Devon Sculpture Park please contact hello@devonsculpturepark.org. It would be helpful if you could include your bio and portfolio.

Visit us and use the parks extraordinary backdrop to create art, photography, video, music, performance, literature and more.

We host Artist Talks in the Robert Adam Gallery. Artists discuss their art, personal perspectives, inspiration and share some of their work. Let us know if you would like to be considered for an Artists Talk.

Art groups and associations can meet and work here using the extensive indoor and outdoor facilities. To enquire contact hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

The sculpture park has a permanent collection which includes dozens of sculptures from leading UK artists as well as a collection of resident artist Letts’ environmental artworks.

Outdoor art includes sculpture, both dead and living, installations, graffiti and outdoor paintings including mixed media.

Rewilded Park & Gardens

Devon Sculpture Park and the Wilded Capability Brown gardens are extraordinary. They form the perfect backdrop for your creative, rewilded retreat.

‘One of the most beautiful gardens I have seen…’ Toby Buckland, gardener, TV presenter and author.

This is one of the last remaining Capability Brown gardens in the South West. It is surrounded by an ancient, Rewilded deer park. Mamhead Park (South) sits just a few miles south of Exeter on Haldon Hill facing south east with endless sea views. It is a centre for Natural Climate Solutions and a leader in smaller scale Rewilding.

Come and experience our approach to Rewilding and see the impact it makes first hand. You can even learn how to wild your garden or field.

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 hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

The estate is owned by the Letts family who invented the commercial diary over 200 years ago. The Letts publishing business has been a leader in personal media and education ever since. Today the family is focused on the arts, education and natural solutions to the climate crisis.

Lakes and streams weave through a number of historic buildings and follies, including the famed Robert Adam Orangery, providing constant contours for sculpture. Our nationally important collection of historic trees frame each vista and house thousands of birds and wildlife. Some of our trees are 1,000 years old, some were planted this year.

The sculpture park is surrounded by a 100 acre Rewilding project which, along with the historic gardens, is leading the way in small and medium scale Rewilding. Visitors get to experience natural climate solutions in action. Biodiversity abounds, nature leads. A place where time stood still. Where wildlife and plantlife regeneration comes first.

We believe that nature and wildlife form part of the living sculpture. Here they co-exist with environmental artworks. We see it as one vast art installation. After all, art is place.

The Robert Adam Gallery

Devon Sculpture Park has just opened its second indoor gallery, the Robert Adam Gallery. This imposing 500 year old bath stone building was extended and improved by Robert Adam 270 years ago. Today it hosts the Robert Adam Gallery inside and on the terraces overlooking the sea and Wilded Capability Brown gardens.

The Paris salon-style gallery shows a mix of contemporary artists in two beautiful indoor rooms, including the extraordinary 35ft high dome room, and on two large Terraces outside. Here visitors enjoy contemporary art in an intimate and relaxed setting.

Enjoy art from Tracey Emin, Chris Speyer, Teresa Wells, Bev Knowlden, Colin Porter, Brendon Murless, Steve Carroll, Derek Dickinson, Robert Marshall, Nicola Rigby and Philip Letts. Select artworks are for sale.

The Robert Adam Gallery offers home made lunch or tea, coffee and cakes, including gluten free, inside year round or out in the sun drenched terraces when the weather is fine.

We also hosts live music and other cultural events in the Robert Adam Gallery.