A standard definition for art is ‘art is emotion’. It should therefore be the case that art can and perhaps should affect our emotional wellbeing. Hopefully positively.
At Devon Sculpture Park we want to foster this link. We have double the motivation: firstly evidence supports that people de-stress in museums and galleries but also there is a sizeable movement around improving our wellbeing through ‘time in nature’. As a leading UK Rewilding Project we specialise in the wellbeing of land and wildlife. The reserve is mesmerising.
We are all about ‘art in nature’. Mamhead Park (South) was designed for it. The evidence is everywhere – with endless, mesmerising sea views framed so magically by Capability Brown, connected via a tunnel from the ice house all the way to the sea.
The Robert Adams Orangery has a dome that makes you giddy when you stare up at it. The Lake House reflects calmy off the Capability Brown lake. Rowing boats float among fish and birdlife.
Dozens of benches and chairs have been painstakingly positioned to promote sitting and relaxing; taking in the ‘art in nature’ while detoxing. After all, we have to live up to the inspiring engraving on one of our ancient pillars: ‘Et in Arcadia ego’ which translates to ‘I am in paradise’.
Join us. The Capability Brown gardens and inaugural ‘ART WILDED’ exhibition, are open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Adults £12, children under 12 £6.
Every Wednesday we celebrate #WellbeingWednesday. We offer a free afternoon Wellbeing walk for sculpture park visitors, meeting at The Terraces at 2pm. The short guided walk is designed to help us renew and reconnect taking in the art, gardens, vistas and waterways.
Companies, charities and healthcare organisations can bring team members for a few hours out. If you’re a Wellbeing counsellor bring clients and run sessions outside or in our therapy rooms.
To arrange a Wellbeing visit contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devon Sculpture Park has a sizable permanent collection of individual sculptures and installations. Developed over many decades the Open Air collection is now open to visitors. Visit us and book a Guided Art Tour – CLICK HERE.
Sculptures in the rewilded parkland reflect the extraordinary contours of the land and endless seascapes.
The permanent collection includes the largest collection of resident artist Letts’ environmental artworks plus dozens of sculptures from other leading UK artists.
Open scrub and woodland house an eclectic mix of environmental installations and graffiti art.
The Capability Brown gardens above the 800 year old church house sculptures installed decades ago.
Nearly 100 artworks can be viewed across 50 acres of the sculpture park.
Book a Guided Art Tour – CLICK HERE. To organise a group visit (minimum 10 people) email us at email@example.com.
Devon Sculpture Park is a new kind of outdoor art centre. We are not just one of the UK’s larger sculpture parks by acreage, we have the ambition to be a broader centre for the arts.
We were established by resident artist, Philip Letts, to support sculpture, visual arts both indoor and outdoor plus design, film, theatre, books, music, cooking and innovation.
At the bottom of the Capability Brown gardens is a sizable natural amphitheatre where we plan to host theatre, music and performance art – overlooking the sea.
We are a platform for artists to show how uniquely they can challenge our thinking, how effectively they enable us to see things differently. If you would like to talk to us about putting on an event just email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.
The Capability Brown gardens and ‘ART WILDED’ exhibition are open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Adults £12, children under 12 £6.
We also host group visits and guided art tours across the entire park. Book an art tour – CLICK HERE.
At opening over 100 sculptures and artworks will be in place across 40 acres of the park and gardens.
Mamhead Park (South) is just above Mamhead and Ashcombe, a few miles South of Exeter. From the A380 exit at Great Haldon Hill coming from Exeter, or Mamhead coming North from Newton Abbott.
Follow the lane signed Mamhead & Dawlish for 3/4 mile and take the first right turn to Ashcombe & Dawlish. Continue straight on this lane for 1 mile. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the junction to Mamhead Village Hall. The entrance to Devon Sculpture Park is on the left after 300 yds.
Whichever way you come you can only enter the sculpture park from the Southern entrance to Mamhead Park.
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