Posted by Kirstie
We all know by now that 2012 is an exciting year for Britain. We’ve just finished celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and are counting down to the next big event, the Olympic Games. With less than 50 days to go until the opening ceremony the excitement is starting to build here at Superbreak Towers.
With all eyes on the UK during this historic year, our nation’s cultural institutions are also pulling out all the stops to make this a show-stopping summer to remember. There are a great range of exhibitions taking place over the summer months that will showcase our nation’s artistic talents in a host of stunning outdoor settings. Our green and pleasant land will dazzle with breathtaking sculptures dotted across the nation. We’ve put together our top five outdoor exhibitions taking place this summer that we think are ideal for visiting on a short break during this special year.
Caro at Chatsworth
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire until 1 July
Featuring 15 larger than life sculptures by British artist Sir Anthony Caro, this is the first ever exhibition dedicated to a single artist to be held in the gardens of Chatsworth House. I’m a huge fan of Caro’s Flats, and am excited to see examples from this series located around the famous Emperor Fountain, their earthy rusted tones complimented perfectly by the cool steel blues of the Canal Pond. With stunning extensive gardens and an historic house that’s featured in films including Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley, Chatsworth is the perfect destination for those planning a short break in the Peak Disctrict this summer, with the Caro exhibition promising an enjoyable outdoor sculpture experience.
Tatton Park Biennial: Flights of Fancy
Tatton Park, Cheshire until 30 September
Dedicated to innovation and experimentation in the world of contemporary sculpture, the Tatton Park Biennial turns its focus this year to the concept of flight, and explores mankind’s innate proclivity to take to the skies. The Biennial is held in the grounds at the stunning Tatton Park in Cheshire and features new, specially commissioned work from a range of artists and writers. My personal highlight of this year’s show is Olivier Grossetête’s Pont de Singe. This dream-like sculpture consisting of giant white helium balloons levitating a rope bridge above the still dark waters of the pond below perfectly captures the gardens’ atmosphere of escape and tranquillity. The historic estate at Tatton Park has over 50 acres of gardens to explore making it the perfect place to find respite during a short break this summer.
Sculpture of the Month at Cass Sculpture Foundation
Goodwood, West Sussex, 21 June – 4 Nov
Every month ‘Sculpture of the Month’ at Cass Sculpture Foundation highlights the work of a particular artist whose piece has been specially commissioned by the Foundation. Selected by art critics, writers and historians, previous months’ highlights have included works by Eduardo Paolozzi and Diane Maclean. Cass’ grounds at Goodwood consist of 26 acres of open woodland, punctuated by an ever-changing display of 80 grand scale sculptural gems, creating the perfect setting for a lazy afternoon exploring art in the outdoors.
Richard Long at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
YSP, Wakefield, 23 June – 14 Oct
This summer the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield will showcase works by Richard Long in the open air, to coincide with an exhibition of the artist’s work at The Hepworth Wakefield. One of the best known British land artists, Long’s work explores the relationship between art and the natural landscape, both as a subject and a medium. If you’re planning a short break in the picturesque region of Yorkshire this summer then don’t miss this exciting new display of Long’s work in the extensive grounds of the YSP.
ROAD SHOW at Exhibition Road London
South Kensington, London, 28 July – 5 August
Not all outdoor art events taking place this summer are confined to the rolling hills of the British countryside. Providing the perfect escape away from the bustle of the Olympic Games, ROAD SHOW at Exhibition Road will be a cultural celebration in the heart of the capital. Featuring newly commissioned sculptural work alongside live music performances, scientific demonstrations and acrobatics, this promises to be an exhilarating multi-channel extravaganza.
Which of these exciting outdoor art events are you hoping to see this summer?