Family Friendly Art Path unveiled at Cockington Court

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Over 250 invited guests attended Cockington Court for the preview of its first ever sculpture trail and exhibition, The Art Path.

Families and children love exploring the Art Path, which reveals diverse and dynamic sculptures such as a giant caterpillar, Zimmer frames built high into the sky and moving sculptures.

The trail leads around the grounds of Cockington Court as well as some of the favourite hidden treasures, such as the Walled Art Garden.

This new, exciting and fully inclusive experience is delivered by Cockington Court Centre Director, Marissa Wakefield, in partnership with local artist Phil Dixon.

Phil Dixon said: “As a Brixham based sculptor I have exhibited in and co-curated a number of art exhibitions in South Devon. I am delighted to have been given the chance to curate a sculpture trail and exhibition at Cockington Court, working in partnership with Marissa. We have created an event that we have both dreamed of for a number of years and which we hope will be the first of many.”

James Derwin, the Court’s artist in residence, caused a real wow on preview night, working on his huge caterpillar in his studio and chatting to people about his creation, which he will continue to work on until its completion.

Visitors, especially children, are delighted and intrigued by Sophie Reshad’s moving heads, and Phil’s majestic sculpture ‘Pathway’ will be a talking point, being created from Zimmer Frames. This piece was shortlisted for Broomhill National Sculpture Prize in 2016.

Marissa added: “Cockington Court is such an inspiring place. Last October, Phil and I met and immediately started planning the event. What began as a requirement for 10 artists became 17, which seemed like fate and extremely fitting for our first ever trail in 2017!

“There is a great mix of art, from Rik Pitman’s funky yellow cactus to Bob Dawson’s architectural gothic spirit, so there is something for everyone. There’s even an edible chocolate sculptural swan ‘Odette’ by master chocolatier Tony Fagan.”

The sculpture trail extends inside Cockington Court, in the Kitchen Gallery and Manor House, showcasing more examples of all the participating sculptors’ work.

The sculpture trail and exhibition will run throughout the summer until the 10 September. There is a map, which can be collected from the Kitchen Gallery or the visitor welcome point in the Manor House.

To find out more about the trail visit You can get to know the artists behind the sculptures and learn more about their work. More updates can be seen on Cockington Court’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


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