Five Dorset-based artists will be exhibiting and demonstrating at Sculpture by the Lakes during Dorset Art Weeks 2018, which runs until 10 June, including oil painter Stephen Bithell, fibre artist Carla Taylor, ceramicist Suzette Knight, stonemason Kieran Bigg and sculptor Simon Gudgeon.

Simon Gudgeon is one of Britain’s leading contemporary sculptors, known for his often very large, semi abstract forms created in his signature smooth style, taking nature as a major influence. His work can be seen throughout the sculpture park.

His most recent sculpture, Athena, which was unveiled last week at RHS Malvern Spring Festival in the Gold winning garden ‘Spirit of the Woods’, will be exhibited at his sculpture park in Dorset, Sculpture by the Lakes, from 12 June.

Athena, a life sized figurative sculpture, was inspired by working with principal ballerina Ksenia Ovsyanick.

Stephen Bithell works in oils on canvas and board, working mainly Plein Air capturing the Dorset countryside in all its moods.Stephen has recently reduced his palette and painting surface, his boards are now 6x4in, 7x5in and 8x6in and now likes to work from a tobacco tin set up.

Suzette Knight makes unconventionally beautiful handmade ceramics, inspired by the effects of weathered surfaces and textures. Some of her pieces are decorative, while others are intended for daily use. She uses different techniques including throwing, slip casting and press moulding, using her own custom made moulds.

Carla Taylor creates contemporary sustainable wool sculptures inspired by the wildlife and conservation of the British countryside and coastline. Each sculpture is hand crafted using the technique of needle felting where special barbed needles are used to repeatedly stab and sculpt wool fibres together to form a solid mass. Each sculpture is created with many layers of wool and can therefore take many hours to complete, transforming fleece in to a sculptural work of art.

Kieran Bigg works as a stonemason for a number of restoration and new build projects.

The sculpture park is open Wednesday – Sunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), entry to see the artists exhibiting and demonstrating is free, entrance to the sculpture park is £10pp. Athena will be on display at the park until 3rd June, she will then be heading to Jersey for an exhibition and then return on 12th June.


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