https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ueia2_jp3Xw            Cockington Court Sculpture Trail is ready and waiting for you. There's 26 works created by 18 local artists. Discover contemporary sculpture in a truly immersive setting. Watch our one minute hyperlapse to see just a few of the works and explore full list of artists below.   This is guaranteed to make you pause for thought, smile and feel a little more inspired as you venture across this outdoor sculpture trail. Which artists are involved and what are they exhibiting? Check out this handy list and be sure to pick-up a printed trail map from the Cockington Court visitor welcome point (inside the shop at the manor house):     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


           1.     Artist:  DONALD KNAACK  Title: JOURNEY   Media:  Fence post, discarded road signs, exhaust and auto spring.  Statement:  My wife and I recently permanently relocated to the UK from the USA. Our journey was often laced with moments of desperation, lack of solid direction and wrong turns. This sculpture is to be played upon, like a percussion instrument. Hopefully the joy you experience in your journey playing rhythms on this sculpture will equal the joy we experienced upon on our arrival in the UK, after a very confusing journey.            2.     Artist:  VERA STRIDE  Title: RED (BLOODHOUND HEAD)/RUSS (JACK RUSSELL HEAD)/ALI (BOXER HEAD)   Media:  Ceramic  Statement:  When I applied for Cockington Court Sculpture Trail 2018, I proposed to create a series of 3 dog heads to celebrate the dog friendly ambience at Cockington Court.            3.     Artist:    NICHOLAS BELLAMY    Title: SOMETIMES I JUST NEED TO STARE THROUGH THE EMPTY SPACES Media:  Ceramic  Statement:  As a material and personal journey, clay allows me to explore where the conscious and subconscious of our emotions connect and entwine. Creating 3D forms that abstractly investigate the malleable question of what occupies the most important spaces within our mind: the positive or the negative? Or, do they both have a crucial part to play?            4.     Artist:  VERA STRIDE  Title: DIESEL   Media:  Ceramic  Statement:  An image of an American Pit Bull chained up in a desolate yard, presumably because he was too dangerous to let loose, stimulated me to make this piece. I wondered, why do we breed dogs that have to be controlled like this when it is perfectly possible to breed the aggression out?            5.     Artist:    ZOE SINGLETON    Title:   3 SPIRES   Media:  Portland stone  Statement:  I have created a trio of ferns that are unfurling to the sky. My sculptures are often inspired by own love of gardening as well as the dramatic coastline of Devon and the geology of Dartmoor.            6.     Artist:   DEBORAH TRELIVING   Title:   PARADISE GARDEN   Media:  Semperviviums, echeveria, succulents, grit, wire, landscrape fabric and wood  Statement:  Paradise Garden is based upon a plan of an Islamic garden (four quartered Persian-style.) The different colours of plants represent the rills and gentle fountains of water, the pathways and fruit trees planted in sunken beds.            7.     Artist:    ZOE SINGLETON    Title:   FEIJOA   Media:  Portland stone, slate and wood  Statement:  As an artist who is inspired by nature, the Feijoa Project which is based in the Walled Art Garden was an immediate inspiration for me. The Feijoa bush is the symbol of the garden and the project. I researched the plant and discovered the beautiful shapes and patterns that are contained within the fruit. This resulted in a sculptural interpretation of a slice of the Feijoa fruit.            8  .     Artist:   MARISSA WAKEFIELD Title: TREASURIES OF THE INNERMOST-TICHEROT AMULET BOXES & STAFF   Media:  Iron, copper, brass, steel, cane and found objects  Statement:   My work is inspired by secrecy and ritual, as I am fascinated by burial rituals of ancient cultures and placing of sentimental objects to accompany spirits to the afterlife. My series of treasuries are intricate discoveries and journeys. Many of the found objects link to Cockington Court such as the rusty hinges and nails, as they were found here in a rusty, old toolbox as though they were someone’s treasures. The other objects used I have either found or been given on my various travels. I work in a way that is intuitive; I place then replace and rework a piece until satisfied. Each piece has had many layers and transformations and everything I use must have a meaning to me. I like to think of my creative process as my own ritual.            9.     Artist:    PETER STRIDE    Title:   SPRING   Media:  Spring steel, mild steel and cast iron  Statement:  The piece is made from leaf springs and wheel hubs to reference the Cockington Court horse carriage. The horseshoe represents the horses, placed on its side as a "C" for Cockington. The colours used in this piece reflect the colours of the flowers in the Court gardens.            10.     Artist:    BRIDGET ARNOLD    Title:   COW PARSLEY 1/COW PARSLEY 2   Media:  Rip stop nylon  Statement:  The inspiration behind both of these flags comes from summer hedgerows. This inspiration felt suitable for placement in the Walled Art Garden.            11.     Artist:    PETER STRIDE    Title:   REFRACTION   Media:  Ceramic and glass  Statement:  I enjoy working with clay and wanted the challenge of making a monumental piece by overcoming the limitations of the size of my kiln. The surface is textured and coloured to reflect Cockington Court's Walled Art Garden. With the sun behind it the contained glass tubes refract the sunlight and create shadows on the white surface of the central tube.            12.     Artist:    PETER STRIDE    Title:   CELTIC BARDIC THRONE Media:  Coppiced ash boughs  Statement:  When I coppice my trees I like to create something with the wood. In the past I have made thrones from Ash, Yew, Silver Birch and Hazel. Ash wood is strong and long lasting. After my application to take part in the Sculpture Trail was successful, this throne was made as a result of the special request of Marissa. In the past, Marissa had admired a chair I had created for my own garden. The spiral is one of the earliest symbols used in Celtic art; the spiral in the back of the throne reflects that.            13  .     Artist:    LOUISE DIXON    Title: THE PICNIC Media:  Acrylic, enamel and found object  Statement:  Dots of pure colours of enamel, painted onto an acrylic sheet and fixed on top of a picnic table (found at Cockington Court) cross the boundaries with sculpture, painting and design. The extensive order of dots creates empty shapes. These gaps denote a history of a picnic that may have taken place at Cockington Court. The observer is invited to sit down at the table to have a picnic on top of the artwork. Does this event makes the picnic a “happening” or is it just someone having a picnic?            14.     Artist:    JANE CLIFT    Title: SWALLOWS ON THE WING Media:  Bare iron wire  Statement:  It's always a joy to see the return of swallows in April, considering the epic journey they undertake to get here. This piece is to celebrate their return to Cockington Court every year. It is inspired by the movement of their minute form as they swoop to catch insects on the wing.            15  .     Artist:    JANET VENTRE    Title: IN MY GARDEN THERE’S A CITY   Media:  Red cedar hive, glass and black tile grout  Statement:  Bees are very important.  Not only do they provide us with natural products such as honey and wax but they pollinate the plants that feed us.  Without the bees mankind will not survive. Let’s look after the bees! The hive is situated in Cockington Court Walled Art Garden in our bee flower bed, which is supporting and encouraging bees.            16.     Artist:    JO GOLESWORTHY    Title: POLLEN DRIFT Media:  Mixed media, largely recycled paper  Statement:  Reproducing pollen grain forms and textures from scanning electron micrograph images into 3D structures has become my sculptural focus. Recently, considerations of scale and illustrative accuracy have resulted in a new and colourful series made using largely recycled paper and textiles at approximately 10,000 x magnification. The work was created to link with the Cockington Court Walled Art Garden pollinator flower beds.            17.     Artist:    LUCI COLES    Title: THE MANY   Media:  Jesmonite, metal leaf and resin  Statement:  How much do you want to see? Get closer, have a look inside. Its ok, you can walk on them, we do every day without even looking down, to reach the things we want, we just don’t see them, we don’t want to think of them. At the end of the exhibition I will fix these people and give them new lives where I hope they will not be trodden on.            18.     Artist:    ALLAN POXTON    Title:   QUATTRO   Media:  Mild steel and welding  Statement:  This piece has been constructed to visually represent the historical context and relationship between Cockington Court and the horse. I have always been interested in the natural form of the horse. Upon my successful application to the Sculpture Trail, I was encouraged by Marissa and Phil to create a larger outdoor piece. For me this has been a new exciting challenge.            19.     Artist:    PHIL DIXON    Title:   KALIEDO HOPE   Media:  Aluminium, steel, polyester resin  Statement:  This piece attempts to examine the perception of life and death through humour and celebration. Using Kaleidoscopes, viewers are able to see beauty in the representation of death. It explores movement through optical effect and uses imagery based on Día de Muertos the Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’.            20.     Artist:   MALCOLM CURLEY   Title:   COME RAIN OR SHINE   Media:  Recycled mixed media  Statement:  I’ve been inspired by the visitors to Torquay, in particular Cockington Court, who come whatever the weather, suitably dressed or otherwise.  This bench reflects their enthusiasm and offers them somewhere to sit and enjoy the views.            21.     Artist:  MALCOLM CURLEY    Title:   LEOPARD   Media:  Recycled mixed media  Statement:  I am inspired by the beauty, power and menace of the big cat. I love creating both large and small sculptures of them to raise a smile and perhaps a frisson of fear.  This particular leopard is designed to sit on a wall, a bench, or a tree.            22.     Artist:    TORQUAY GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL    Title: GILLIAN AYRES FLOWER/BRIDGET RILEY FLOWER/SONIA DELAUNAY FLOWER   Media:  Acrylic paint on resin  Statement:  Cockington Court’s Walled Art Garden inspired us to create flowers as it contains such a vast range of beautiful flowers and foliage. We also found the flower form to be an appropriate vehicle for surface decoration. As we are an all girl’s school, the surface decoration of each flower has been inspired by three world-famous and celebrated female artists: Gillian Ayres, Bridget Riley and Sonia Delaunay.            23.     Artist:  BRIDGET ARNOLD    Title:   SUN SET SHOAL SEA CHANGE/DARK SHOAL SEA CHANGE/LIGHT SHOAL SEA CHANGE   Media:  Rip stop nylon  Statement:  When creating this set of flags I was inspired by the name Sea Change Studios’, where the flags are based. I tried to represent how the colour of the sea changes with the colour of the sky. The colours of the sunset are over the sea with flashes of a fish shoal. The other flags have a dark or light sky reflecting into the sea.            24.     Artist:    TONY FAGAN    Title:   THE SILENT REVENGE   Media:  Chocolate  Statement:  In the past I have created more delicate and feminine sculptures out of chocolate. For this year’s Sculpture Trail I wanted to challenge myself to create a masculine sculpture, by painting and creating a picture into a whole new dimension.            25.     Artist:    MALCOLM CURLEY    Title:   RAINBOW SPIRAL   Media:  Recycled mixed media  Statement:  Nature’s rainbows are the arched bridges between rain and sunshine. I have borrowed the colours to design this kinetic sculpture for a different weather phenomenon - the Devon winds.  Angled where it is, the rainbow spiral will turn gently in the breeze and is weatherproofed to survive the elements.            26.     Artist:    RIK PITMAN    Title:   THE UNBORN Media:  Wood, fibre glass and resin  Statement:  This piece is a larger than life nest with three eggs. Eggs themselves are beautiful and evocative sculptures. They can symbolically represent potential, the future and hope to what may develop. This can also relate not just to birds, but also to mankind and hope that the future will bring prosperity, continuity and peace.                 Go see Cockington Court Sculpture Trail until the 9th September. It's totally free entry - so you've nothing to lose and everything to gain! Find out more and plan your visit:  http://www.cockingtoncourt.org/whats-on/sculpture-trail

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ueia2_jp3Xw


Cockington Court Sculpture Trail is ready and waiting for you. There's 26 works created by 18 local artists. Discover contemporary sculpture in a truly immersive setting. Watch our one minute hyperlapse to see just a few of the works and explore full list of artists below.

This is guaranteed to make you pause for thought, smile and feel a little more inspired as you venture across this outdoor sculpture trail. Which artists are involved and what are they exhibiting? Check out this handy list and be sure to pick-up a printed trail map from the Cockington Court visitor welcome point (inside the shop at the manor house):

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1. 

Artist: DONALD KNAACK
Title: JOURNEY

Media: Fence post, discarded road signs, exhaust and auto spring.
Statement: My wife and I recently permanently relocated to the UK from the USA. Our journey was often laced with moments of desperation, lack of solid direction and wrong turns. This sculpture is to be played upon, like a percussion instrument. Hopefully the joy you experience in your journey playing rhythms on this sculpture will equal the joy we experienced upon on our arrival in the UK, after a very confusing journey.


2. 

Artist: VERA STRIDE
Title: RED (BLOODHOUND HEAD)/RUSS (JACK RUSSELL HEAD)/ALI (BOXER HEAD)

Media: Ceramic
Statement: When I applied for Cockington Court Sculpture Trail 2018, I proposed to create a series of 3 dog heads to celebrate the dog friendly ambience at Cockington Court.


3. 

Artist: NICHOLAS BELLAMY
Title: SOMETIMES I JUST NEED TO STARE THROUGH THE EMPTY SPACES
Media: 
Ceramic
Statement: As a material and personal journey, clay allows me to explore where the conscious and subconscious of our emotions connect and entwine. Creating 3D forms that abstractly investigate the malleable question of what occupies the most important spaces within our mind: the positive or the negative? Or, do they both have a crucial part to play?


4. 

Artist: VERA STRIDE
Title: DIESEL

Media: Ceramic
Statement: An image of an American Pit Bull chained up in a desolate yard, presumably because he was too dangerous to let loose, stimulated me to make this piece. I wondered, why do we breed dogs that have to be controlled like this when it is perfectly possible to breed the aggression out?


5. 

Artist: ZOE SINGLETON
Title: 3 SPIRES
Media: Portland stone
Statement: I have created a trio of ferns that are unfurling to the sky. My sculptures are often inspired by own love of gardening as well as the dramatic coastline of Devon and the geology of Dartmoor.


6. 

Artist: DEBORAH TRELIVING
Title: PARADISE GARDEN
Media: Semperviviums, echeveria, succulents, grit, wire, landscrape fabric and wood
Statement: Paradise Garden is based upon a plan of an Islamic garden (four quartered Persian-style.) The different colours of plants represent the rills and gentle fountains of water, the pathways and fruit trees planted in sunken beds.


7. 

Artist: ZOE SINGLETON
Title: FEIJOA
Media: Portland stone, slate and wood
Statement: As an artist who is inspired by nature, the Feijoa Project which is based in the Walled Art Garden was an immediate inspiration for me. The Feijoa bush is the symbol of the garden and the project. I researched the plant and discovered the beautiful shapes and patterns that are contained within the fruit. This resulted in a sculptural interpretation of a slice of the Feijoa fruit.


8

Artist: MARISSA WAKEFIELD
Title: TREASURIES OF THE INNERMOST-TICHEROT AMULET BOXES & STAFF

Media: Iron, copper, brass, steel, cane and found objects
Statement:  My work is inspired by secrecy and ritual, as I am fascinated by burial rituals of ancient cultures and placing of sentimental objects to accompany spirits to the afterlife. My series of treasuries are intricate discoveries and journeys. Many of the found objects link to Cockington Court such as the rusty hinges and nails, as they were found here in a rusty, old toolbox as though they were someone’s treasures. The other objects used I have either found or been given on my various travels. I work in a way that is intuitive; I place then replace and rework a piece until satisfied. Each piece has had many layers and transformations and everything I use must have a meaning to me. I like to think of my creative process as my own ritual.


9. 

Artist: PETER STRIDE
Title: SPRING
Media: Spring steel, mild steel and cast iron
Statement: The piece is made from leaf springs and wheel hubs to reference the Cockington Court horse carriage. The horseshoe represents the horses, placed on its side as a "C" for Cockington. The colours used in this piece reflect the colours of the flowers in the Court gardens.


10. 

Artist: BRIDGET ARNOLD
Title: COW PARSLEY 1/COW PARSLEY 2
Media: Rip stop nylon
Statement: The inspiration behind both of these flags comes from summer hedgerows. This inspiration felt suitable for placement in the Walled Art Garden.


11. 

Artist: PETER STRIDE
Title: REFRACTION
Media: Ceramic and glass
Statement: I enjoy working with clay and wanted the challenge of making a monumental piece by overcoming the limitations of the size of my kiln. The surface is textured and coloured to reflect Cockington Court's Walled Art Garden. With the sun behind it the contained glass tubes refract the sunlight and create shadows on the white surface of the central tube.


12. 

Artist: PETER STRIDE
Title: CELTIC BARDIC THRONE
Media: 
Coppiced ash boughs
Statement: When I coppice my trees I like to create something with the wood. In the past I have made thrones from Ash, Yew, Silver Birch and Hazel. Ash wood is strong and long lasting. After my application to take part in the Sculpture Trail was successful, this throne was made as a result of the special request of Marissa. In the past, Marissa had admired a chair I had created for my own garden. The spiral is one of the earliest symbols used in Celtic art; the spiral in the back of the throne reflects that.


13

Artist: LOUISE DIXON
Title: THE PICNIC
Media: 
Acrylic, enamel and found object
Statement: Dots of pure colours of enamel, painted onto an acrylic sheet and fixed on top of a picnic table (found at Cockington Court) cross the boundaries with sculpture, painting and design. The extensive order of dots creates empty shapes. These gaps denote a history of a picnic that may have taken place at Cockington Court. The observer is invited to sit down at the table to have a picnic on top of the artwork. Does this event makes the picnic a “happening” or is it just someone having a picnic?


14. 

Artist: JANE CLIFT
Title: SWALLOWS ON THE WING
Media: 
Bare iron wire
Statement: It's always a joy to see the return of swallows in April, considering the epic journey they undertake to get here. This piece is to celebrate their return to Cockington Court every year. It is inspired by the movement of their minute form as they swoop to catch insects on the wing.


15

Artist: JANET VENTRE
Title: IN MY GARDEN THERE’S A CITY
Media: Red cedar hive, glass and black tile grout
Statement: Bees are very important.  Not only do they provide us with natural products such as honey and wax but they pollinate the plants that feed us.  Without the bees mankind will not survive. Let’s look after the bees! The hive is situated in Cockington Court Walled Art Garden in our bee flower bed, which is supporting and encouraging bees.


16. 

Artist: JO GOLESWORTHY
Title: POLLEN DRIFT
Media: 
Mixed media, largely recycled paper
Statement: Reproducing pollen grain forms and textures from scanning electron micrograph images into 3D structures has become my sculptural focus. Recently, considerations of scale and illustrative accuracy have resulted in a new and colourful series made using largely recycled paper and textiles at approximately 10,000 x magnification. The work was created to link with the Cockington Court Walled Art Garden pollinator flower beds.


17. 

Artist: LUCI COLES
Title: THE MANY
Media: Jesmonite, metal leaf and resin
Statement: How much do you want to see? Get closer, have a look inside. Its ok, you can walk on them, we do every day without even looking down, to reach the things we want, we just don’t see them, we don’t want to think of them. At the end of the exhibition I will fix these people and give them new lives where I hope they will not be trodden on.


18. 

Artist: ALLAN POXTON
Title: QUATTRO
Media: Mild steel and welding
Statement: This piece has been constructed to visually represent the historical context and relationship between Cockington Court and the horse. I have always been interested in the natural form of the horse. Upon my successful application to the Sculpture Trail, I was encouraged by Marissa and Phil to create a larger outdoor piece. For me this has been a new exciting challenge.


19. 

Artist: PHIL DIXON
Title: KALIEDO HOPE
Media: Aluminium, steel, polyester resin
Statement: This piece attempts to examine the perception of life and death through humour and celebration. Using Kaleidoscopes, viewers are able to see beauty in the representation of death. It explores movement through optical effect and uses imagery based on Día de Muertos the Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’.


20. 

Artist: MALCOLM CURLEY
Title: COME RAIN OR SHINE
Media: Recycled mixed media
Statement: I’ve been inspired by the visitors to Torquay, in particular Cockington Court, who come whatever the weather, suitably dressed or otherwise.  This bench reflects their enthusiasm and offers them somewhere to sit and enjoy the views.


21. 

Artist: MALCOLM CURLEY
Title: LEOPARD
Media: Recycled mixed media
Statement: I am inspired by the beauty, power and menace of the big cat. I love creating both large and small sculptures of them to raise a smile and perhaps a frisson of fear.  This particular leopard is designed to sit on a wall, a bench, or a tree.


22. 

Artist: TORQUAY GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Title: GILLIAN AYRES FLOWER/BRIDGET RILEY FLOWER/SONIA DELAUNAY FLOWER
Media: Acrylic paint on resin
Statement: Cockington Court’s Walled Art Garden inspired us to create flowers as it contains such a vast range of beautiful flowers and foliage. We also found the flower form to be an appropriate vehicle for surface decoration. As we are an all girl’s school, the surface decoration of each flower has been inspired by three world-famous and celebrated female artists: Gillian Ayres, Bridget Riley and Sonia Delaunay.


23. 

Artist: BRIDGET ARNOLD
Title: SUN SET SHOAL SEA CHANGE/DARK SHOAL SEA CHANGE/LIGHT SHOAL SEA CHANGE
Media: Rip stop nylon
Statement: When creating this set of flags I was inspired by the name Sea Change Studios’, where the flags are based. I tried to represent how the colour of the sea changes with the colour of the sky. The colours of the sunset are over the sea with flashes of a fish shoal. The other flags have a dark or light sky reflecting into the sea.


24. 

Artist: TONY FAGAN
Title: THE SILENT REVENGE
Media: Chocolate
Statement: In the past I have created more delicate and feminine sculptures out of chocolate. For this year’s Sculpture Trail I wanted to challenge myself to create a masculine sculpture, by painting and creating a picture into a whole new dimension.


25. 

Artist: MALCOLM CURLEY
Title: RAINBOW SPIRAL
Media: Recycled mixed media
Statement: Nature’s rainbows are the arched bridges between rain and sunshine. I have borrowed the colours to design this kinetic sculpture for a different weather phenomenon - the Devon winds.  Angled where it is, the rainbow spiral will turn gently in the breeze and is weatherproofed to survive the elements.


26. 

Artist: RIK PITMAN
Title: THE UNBORN
Media: 
Wood, fibre glass and resin
Statement: This piece is a larger than life nest with three eggs. Eggs themselves are beautiful and evocative sculptures. They can symbolically represent potential, the future and hope to what may develop. This can also relate not just to birds, but also to mankind and hope that the future will bring prosperity, continuity and peace.

 

Go see Cockington Court Sculpture Trail until the 9th September. It's totally free entry - so you've nothing to lose and everything to gain! Find out more and plan your visit: http://www.cockingtoncourt.org/whats-on/sculpture-trail

Jo Golesworthy: Sculpting Nature

Jo Golesworthy: Sculpting Nature

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