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Sculpture Trail 2020

Due to the temporary closure of Cockington Court because of COVID-19 the dates of the Sculpture Trail are being reviewed. The dates below are subject to change and will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Sculpture Trail 2020 - Visitor Information

Follow our Art Path and discover sculptures created by local artists placed within the Cockington Court site, including the studio areas, Walled Art Garden and Manor House. A supporting exhibition takes place alongside the Sculpture Trail in the Kitchen Gallery. 

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

This Sculpture Trail continues to build on the success of previous years.

We have selected a great mix of styles and materials to feature in the trail. The artists selected will create new work especially for the show, something we are very proud of and illustrates a true commitment of the local artists in this area to celebrate culture in the Bay. I have no doubt that this year’s Trail will further inspire and engage our visitors.”

The successful 20 artists will create their work ready for the launch event on 27 June.

The Sculpture Trail leads around the grounds of 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, showcasing more examples of all the participating artists’ work. Art and culture enthusiasts, families and children all love exploring the trail, which reveals many diverse, dynamic and inspiring sculptures.

The Sculpture Trail attracted over 8,000 visitors in 2019. Many of the artists receive commissions and sell work in the galleries at Cockington Court thanks to the exposure the trail gives them.

The trail runs throughout the summer until 20 September. Visitors can collect a trail map from the Visitor Welcome Point in the Manor House.

Sculpture Trail 2020 -  Information for Artists

What’s new for 2020?

  • The trail is to be launched from June until September
  • 20 artists will be selected 
  • Theme: Historical aspects of the site
  • Newly added exhibiting areas
  • We will run a public engagement programme and offer tours
  • There will be a 2020 Public Sculpture Award ceremony for the favourite piece voted for by the public throughout the summer

Application Process and Important dates

January 2020 - launch of Sculpture Trail 2020 applications

Download the Application Form to be considered for selection.

For more information about the trail take a look at the Info Pack.

  • 8 March - deadline for applications (in the form of finished work and/or proposed sketches) to be sent electronically to:
  • 31 March - successful artists will be notified.
  • 12 April – selected artists will be requested to send images of any finished pieces or work in progress for publicity.
  • 18 May - deadline for second forms to be submitted by participating artists confirming detail of the actual work (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.
  • 19 - 22 June - all works to be delivered to Cockington Court and situated by participating artists.
  • 27 June - preview launch of Cockington Court Sculpture Trail 2020 and.
  • 28 June – Sculpture Trail opens to the public
  • 20  September - Sculpture Trail closes.
  • 30 September - all work to be collected from the site by participants.

Meet the Curators


Sculptor Phil Dixon and Cockington Court Centre Director and artist Marissa Wakefield met in October 2016, and decided to run the very first sculpture trail in Torbay at Cockington Court.

This idea was hugely supported by TDA, who not only gave permission to use Cockington Court as the venue but also kindly offered to provide marketing and a preview evening to launch the trail.

So far there have been three trails, in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Click on the dates to find out more about the previous trails.