Exhibitions

We believe that environmental art on rewilded lands challenges and educates us about natural solutions to the climate crisis.

We host a diverse programme of art exhibitions and events. Like our Facebook page for invites to art openings, music sessions and workshops.

Last year we opened 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.

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 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 in The Sheds Gallery until August.

‘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 at the Robert Adam Gallery. Minimum 8 guests, £45 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% discount on all activities at the park.

If you would like to volunteer at Devon Sculpture Park please email hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

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

What to see and do

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.

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

Book our featured Rewilding Tour Tour – CLICK HERE.

THE PLACE

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 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

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 hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

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 hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

EVENTS

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

THE SHEDS INDOOR GALLERY

‘STREET’ a celebration of street art and underground street artists showing until August 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 hello@devonsculpturepark.org.

Book a Rewilding Tour – CLICK HERE.

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

Artist Programme

Devon Sculpture Park is all about environmental art in a rewilded park.

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. We put the artist at the centre of everything we do.

Mingle with creatives for coffee, lunch or tea at 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 for a Day Visit or Environmental Art Tour led by the parks curator – that way you get to know the place and its ethos. You will need to pre-book your visit as numbers are limited – CLICK HERE.

If you are unable to visit the park, join us at DSP Online from just £3 per month.

One of the most impactful views in Devon acts as backdrop. Steeped in history the rewilding park supports a mixed programme of contemporary art and performance from UK and international artists.

Created by artist and environmentalist, 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.

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 environmental 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.

Rewilding 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, rewilding 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

In 2019 Devon Sculpture Park 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 pre-booked visitors enjoy contemporary art in an intimate and relaxed setting.

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

Pre-booked visitors and guests enjoy fresh, organic lunch and tea, coffee and cakes, including gluten free, inside year round or out in the sun drenched terraces overlooking the sea when the weather is fine.

Book our Friday evening dinner retreat from Easter to October including a sunset wildlife walk, mocktails on the terraces and a vegan taster menu – CLICK HERE.

We also host live music and other cultural events at the Robert Adam Gallery.

‘Flux’ an Exhibition of Large-scale Ceramic Sculptures by Chris Speyer

‘Flux’ by Exeter’s Chris Speyer has opened in The Paddock. It is a powerful display of large-scale environmental ceramic sculptures by one of the South West’s leading ceramic sculptors.

In this triad of clay megaliths, ‘Fold’ and ‘Flow’ have undergone the irreversible metamorphosis of firing, clay transformed into enduring ceramic, but the third, ‘Ground’, which is being built here at Devon Sculpture Park from Bristol clay and local stones, will remain unfired, vulnerable to the elements, and allowed to weather back into the soil.

Chris’ environmentally inspired installation reminds us to be careful what we take out of the ground and that what we take out in the end finds its way back.

Chris has been a ceramicist for twenty years. His last six years have been focused on larger-scale sculptures. Chris exhibits in London and the South West.

There are smaller works from Chris Speyer also showing in The Robert Adam Gallery.

Your Creative, Rewilded Retreat

Devon Sculpture Park is a creative, rewilded retreat. Refresh and reimagine surrounded by art, Wilded Capability Brown gardens, ancient waterways, wildlife and endless sea views.

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

This timeless, historic retreat has been carefully restored to enable visitors to deepen their creative energies. A recent visitor described it as ‘a place in perfect harmony’. A place where raw, primitive environmental art settles alongside thought provoking conceptual sculpture and edgy street art. Where art is place and the place is art. Where living sculpture can thrive.

View environmental art, visit the Wilded Capability Brown gardens, understand Rewilding and talk with artists. Wander the cascade gardens and take in the endless sea views. Relax from bench to bench. Reach back in time. Lean into your inner self.

You can settle in at The Terraces for slow cooked, healthy cooking with relaxed, informal service.

Come to this extraordinary retreat to rest or sketch. Relax and write. Ponder or perform. Meditate or mediate. Design or draw. Film or photograph. Invent, co-create, make or simply reconnect. Find it here, Rewild yourself. Creatively retreat.

Companies, charities and public sector bodies can retreat for a day starting at £35 per person including room hire, lunch and refreshments plus access to the art exhibitions and Wilded Capability Brown gardens. To enquire about company retreats contact hello@devonsculpturepark.org.