Sculpture Trail attracts 1,000 visitors in first four weeks

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Cockington Court’s Sculpture Trail 19 has inspired over 1,000 people in the first four weeks.

200 invited guests were at the preview of the Trail on 25 May and the trail has seen hundreds of visitors all keen to see the 42 diverse sculptures dotted around the Manor House and its grounds.

Art and culture enthusiasts, families and children are all loving love exploring the trail, which reveals diverse and dynamic sculptures. Sculptures include Helen Bacon’s Sun Lady, which stands almost 2.5 metres tall, uniquely framed by poppies in the Court’s Walled Art Garden.

The trail is an artist led project, delivered in partnership by Phil Dixon and Cockington Court Centre Director Marissa Wakefield.

Phil Dixon said: “This year’s trail builds on the success of last year. Marissa and I wanted to develop the project and give more local artists the chance of selection. Sculpture Trail 19 includes 19 artists and an impressive 42 sculptures. Cockington Court and its grounds have inspired their work and they all look magnificent. We are very proud of the works they have produced.”

Marissa Wakefield added: “I am overwhelmed by the commitment to this project and that many of our artists made pieces especially for us. I enjoyed encouraging some makers to go large and try new materials. There is a great variety of sculptures and mediums which suit their surroundings well, and we have stunning spaces here at Cockington Court.

“We have already sold some of the sculptures! Luci Coles’ beautiful Danae sold the day after the preview night, recognising the quality of her work. Since graduating from the Wimbledon School of Art with a Degree in Fine Art, Luci has exhibited at the very best galleries and it’s a privilege to have her work on display.”

“Being part of the trail is excellent exposure and many of the artists are starting new projects. Allan Poxton will be supporting a local school with a wire sculpture project they are doing as a result of his work on the trail. Victoria Westaway is also running workshops at the Court with a primary school, it’s great to inspire young people with arts.”

The artists installed the artwork in the weeks leading up to the start of the trail. This built intrigue ahead of the launch date and has led to this overwhelming response from visitors.

The Sculpture Trail leads around Cockington Court as well as some of the favourite hidden treasures, such as the Walled Art Garden. It extends inside Cockington Court, in the Kitchen Gallery and Manor House.

The Trail runs throughout the summer until 8 September. Collect a Trail map from the Visitor Welcome Point in the Manor House.

To find out more about the trail, including a ‘Hyperlapse Tour’ and ‘Meet  the Curators’ video created by The Shorely, visit You can get to know the artists behind the sculptures and learn more about their work. Visit Cockington Court’s Facebook and Twitter pages for more updates.

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