FORM 2022 is now live at Sculpture by the Lakes, where more than 200 inspirational works by 30 leading contemporary sculptors await discovery in this countryside idyll.
When it opened on March 30, FORM 2022 transformed this delightful sculpture park, at Pallington Lakes east of Dorchester, into a nationally significant sculpture hub.
Building on the success of 2021’s inaugural FORM exhibition, there is even more to see this year, with a curated collection of large scale and monumental work dotted across 26-acres of gardens, woodland trails, river and lakes, as well as smaller pieces showing in Gallery by the Lakes.
Among the eye-catching new works are those by the late Heather Jansch, celebrated for her sculptures of horses created from driftwood, as well as Barn Owl III, a striking 2.5m piece by talented young British sculptor Carl Longworth. Figurative works by award-winning sculptor Ed Elliott, and Jonathan Hateley, whose pieces are notable for their rich natural textures, are also showing for the first time at this year’s event, along with a new ‘ballerina’ sculpture by Simon Gudgeon, the founder of Sculpture by the Lakes and himself a globally-renowned sculptor.
He said: “It is so exciting to bring together works of exceptional quality in this special setting; here they
are in scale with their environment and all their power and beauty can be experienced.”
Visitors can also stop into Café by the Lakes, where the seasonal menu is created from produce grown
in the park’s kitchen garden, and visit The Artisans’ Bazaar and newly-opened Artisan’s Pantry, with their ranges of hand-made pieces and small-batch food and drink from local producers – you can even build your own picnic to enjoy in the grounds. The final five days of FORM from May 25 to 29 will also include The Garden Festival, featuring the Fire and Food Festival, celebrating everything to do with the garden and outdoor living and dining, with stalls, speakers and live fire cooking in the outdoor kitchen.
Tickets remain just £12.50 –the standard price of entry to Sculpture by the Lakes. With a daily cap on visitors it’s best to book early – see https://www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk/