COVID-19 Update from DSP

THE PARK HAS REOPENED.

See below for our Phase 2 reopening which started 5 June allowing visitors to pre-book Day Visits and guided tours fully al fresco.

From 4 July we will offer our workshops and retreats as well, socially distanced and mostly outdoors. We are gradually and safely reopening our indoor salon galleries, and the Lakehouse is available for staycations. Face covering must be worn in The Sheds gallery and only one household group can enter at a time.

Pre-book your Day Visit, Guided Tour, Workshop or Retreat at devonsculpturepark.org.

Alternatively, if you can’t visit the park, let us bring the park to your home. From the comfort of your sofa, enjoy DSP Online.

We look forward to welcoming you safely to a very private estate retreat.

PHASE 2 REOPENING

Park reopening 5 June We’re happy to announce that in line with government guidelines we’re planning to open again from Friday 5 June. You can pre-book a visit today at devonsculpturepark.org.

We’ve been working hard to bring your rewilding park for environmental art safely back to you. Fewer visitors, socially distanced but more magical than ever. Expect some wonderful new environmental art and a wilder place then ever! 

Alternatively, if you can’t visit the park, let us bring the park to you. Now, from the comfort of your sofa, we bring you DSP Online

Initially all in-park activities will be outdoors while indoor spaces remain closed for a little longer. Toilet facilities are available. Devon Sculpture Park is a really safe place to enjoy a day visit in the wilded Capability Brown gardens or one of our guided walking tours. We’re taking all necessary precautions to safeguard the welfare of our staff and visitors but some of the challenges ahead are down to us as individuals – our judgment and our common sense.

Visitor numbers will be strictly limited, few and far between, and you will need to pre-book your tickets online for ALL activities at the park. We suggest booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

The wild kitchen is operating a TAKEAWAY PICNIC SERVICE. The pre-booked picnic will be available from a table on the terraces at the Robert Adam Orangery. We’ve spread the tables, chairs and benches out for safe distancing and scattered them around the park so you can find a safe place to enjoy your food.

It’s so important to our wellbeing to get out into nature, enjoy wildlife and art, and experience moments of peace and tranquility.

Social distancing and hygiene are of the utmost importance so we would appreciate it if you could bring hand sanitiser with you. Please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

We look forward to welcoming you back, please look after yourselves and others. And join us at this vital project doing something about climate change.

Book your visit today at devonsculpturepark.org.

Please note: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting The Devon Sculpture Park, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19

Coronavirus update 14 May: following the latest announcements of the government’s gradual roadmap out of lockdown we will begin to review its effect on our reopening plans. At the moment we are imagining our reopening plan to follow the three phases below. 

Phase 1 – from 20 May we start team training of new procedures inc. hygiene, cleaning, waste, seating, movements, park guidelines etc. We will welcome back estate helpers and garden volunteers. Artists will be invited to install their latest works. All work will be outdoors only with social distancing maintained and no access to indoor spaces. 

Phase 2 – date to be confirmed – reopening to limited visitors with online pre-booking and payments. We expect to offer outdoor activities only with a very limited number of guests at any one time and strict social distancing and hygiene rules. Take out offered from the wild kitchen. 

Phase 3 – from 4 July wider reopening with limited numbers of pre-booked, pre-paid visitors both indoors and outdoors plus some small events. All day visits, tours, workshops and retreats back on stream along with the wild kitchen. Social distancing and hygiene rules maintained.

From today you can pre-book a visit for Phase 3 starting 4 July. Should it be necessary to postpone you will be able to rebook up to 12 months from the date of your visit.

As a centre for healthier living we strive for the highest standards in health and wellbeing. Thank you to all our many supporters and remember you can follow what’s happening in the gardens and the park at DSP Online.

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 virtual visitor and supporters app – 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 from the wild kitchen 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 and pre-paid online 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.

Venue Hire

We have a number of beautiful spaces that are perfect for company retreats and meetings for 4 – 12 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 8-12.

The Schoolhouse

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

Experience time away from the office in this leading centre for natural climate solutions. Enjoy the ultimate company eco-retreat for up to 12 people.

A full-day company retreat costs £85 per person (minimum 4 people) which includes an intro talk and net zero roadmap, guided rewilding tour, an eco, creative meeting space, lunch and refreshments, plus access to the wilded Capability Brown gardens and environmental art.

To enquire email hello@devonsculpturepark.org

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 at Devon Sculpture Park is the ultimate retreat. Rejuvenate in this magical rewilded estate

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.

To enquire email hello@devonsculpturepark.org

The Lakehouse sleeps 6 with a master bedroom plus 4 bunks. It has a large main room with dining, living and kitchen overlooking the lake. You even get a boat.
Lakeside life come rain or shine
Fresh in the summer, cosy in the winter. The secret is underfloor heating!
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.

Exhibitions

DSP’s summer exhibition ‘Looking for Clues’ by Terry Howe can be viewed from 15 August – 31 December 2020. Terry’s show is a playful yet thought provoking display of conceptual environmental art – indoors and outside.

Pre-book a socially distanced Day Visit, Group Visit or Guided Tour today – click here.

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 salon 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. 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’ installation, by international artist Philip Letts, is a conceptual sculpture installation examining key environmntal 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 installation 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 from 15 January 2021.

‘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.

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 metres. You will see a thatched gatehouse and a sign for Mamhead Park (South).

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. All visits are pre-booked and guided so you will be met by one of the team in the car park.

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

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.

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.