Sculpture Trail 2018

Whats New for 2018?

  • To develop the project further this year we are encouraging applications.
  • 18 artists will be selected.
  • Each sculptor will be offered the opportunity to show up to 6 outdoor works on site.
  • This year the selected sculptors will be requested to visit the Court and look for specific sites that would suit their work, within the Court’s boundary lines. We would welcome work to be designed and made in direct response and inspired by the site.
  • Opportunity for one artist to create a sculpture installation in the Kitchen Gallery (by application) as the first sculpture in the trail.
  • There will also be a 2018 Sculpture Award for the public’s voted favourite piece throughout the summer.

Application Process

Applications have now closed. Please check back soon for updates on the trail. 


Phil Dixon, local sculptor and avid promoter of sculpture in the South West Devon, and Marissa Wakefield, artist and Centre Director of Cockington Court, both met and shared a dream to stage the first sculpture trail in Torbay.

They approached several possible partners but there seemed to be far too many obstacles. In October 2016, they both took the decision to go ahead and in their own time run the very first sculpture trail at Cockington Court.

Their idea was hugely supported by TDA, who gave permission to use Cockington Court as the venue. They also kindly offered to provide marketing and a preview evening to launch the trail.

Time was short –10 sculptors were initially approached, yet interest was so incredible that 17 local artists actually took part!

Some sculptors were well known locally and regionally, five had just graduated and one was still a student at South Devon College.

Overwhelmingly, showing utter commitment in their work and enthused by the project - some sculptors (despite the short timescale) created new works specifically for the project.

The Art Path, Sculpture Trail and Exhibition 2017

The trail was launched in April and the preview night was a huge success with over 250 guests attending the event.

The trail continued to be a success throughout the summer and generated over 6,000 visitors engaging in the trail. Work sold and commissions were taken.

Other important dates for 2018

6th February - successful artists notified.

February - on site visits by participating artists.

9th April - deadline for second forms to be submitted by participating artists confirming detail of actual works available (images, titles, dimensions) and suggested position on the site. This information will then be used for the Sculpture Trail map design, labelling and general marketing purposes.

1st May - artist in the Kitchen Gallery begins installation to be completed by 20th May.

20th May - deadline for all works to be delivered to Cockington Court and situated by participating artist.

25 May - preview launch of Cockington Court Sculpture Trail 2018 and Installation in the Kitchen Gallery.

9th September - Sculpture Trail and Installation Exhibition closes.

14th September - all work must be collected from the site by participants.

General Information

Please note we request that any publicity about the Sculpture Trail to be handled by Cockington Court until the 27th May – after the launch event. However, we positively encourage our participating artists to use social media regarding the creation process of their work for the trail.

Work can be for sale but prices must include 30% commission to Cockington Court, which will be used to sustain the site and enable art activity such as the Sculpture Trail to continue. Sale or Return agreement forms will be provided to all artists by Cockington Court.

All sculptors will take full responsibility of their own work in terms of delivery to collection and regards theft and damage.

Cockington Court covers public liability but requests that each sculptor takes full responsibility of only offering work that will pass health and safety checks and is not considered a risk in any way to the public.