New contemporary sculpture trail debuts at historic Newby Hall

New contemporary sculpture trail debuts at historic Newby Hall

A major new contemporary sculpture exhibition showcasing artistic talent from Yorkshire and beyond has opened at historic Newby Hall, Ripon.

Now in its 17th year, the Newby22 exhibition features artwork from established and emerging talent including Artist in Residence during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Freddy Paske and Knaresborough based sculptor and prop maker Ben Greenwood, who is creating a unique piece specifically for this year’s trail.

The exhibition features more than 40 contemporary artworks by 21 artists. A range of mediums are showcased from classical bronze and stone to more modern resins, galvanised wire, glass and steel – as well a variety of forms inspired by the natural world and expressionism.

Yorkshire based artists taking part are: Joseph Hayton, Pateley Bridge; Ollie Holman, Burn; Fiona Bowley, Skipton; Victoria Ferrand Scott, Tadcaster; Ben Greenwood, Knaresborough; Emma Stothard, Whitby; Heather Niven, Malton; Chris Moss, Thirsk; and Michael Kusz, Reeth.

Richard and Lucinda Compton hosted a VIP preview with their son Orlando who assembled the sculpture collection. He said: “It is thrilling to be able to stage our sculpture exhibition again after the pandemic enforced a two-year break. It’s wonderful to reconnect with nature at Newby in this special year, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“The exhibition features stunning artworks from artists from across the country and we are delighted to be able to showcase their talent to visitors over the coming months. This year’s exhibition is truly spectacular and demonstrates why art and culture are such an important part of life’s experiences.”

Sponsors of the VIP preview were Carter Jonas, Elstob & Elstob, Hallett Independent and JWP Creers.

Newby22 opens to the public from 17 June to 3 October. Ticket entry to the Hall and Gardens includes access to the sculpture exhibition.

All the sculptures are for sale directly from Newby Hall.  

For more details on the exhibition visit https://www.newbyhall.com/things-to-do/newby22-sculpture-park/  Photo credit: Jerry Hardman Jones

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