Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The final ten sculptures are now on display at Broomhill Sculpture Park (nr Barnstaple), in the Foundation’s most adventurous exhibition to date. We want you to get involved with sculpture this Summer, so invite you to cast a vote to help us find a winner! VOTE ONLINE NOW FOR YOUR FAVOURITE...

Above Sculpture: Shelter by Charlie Hawkins. NSP Finalist 2010

Friday, 28 May 2010

Broomhill National Sculpture Prize - Summer Finalist Exhibition

Broomhill is set to be THE destination for art and sculpture lovers in the UK this Summer as it hosts the first of its unique annual National Sculpture Prize Finalist Exhibitions.

The Ten sculptors have a distinctive mixture of styles and influences, some with a very naturalistic approach while other pieces have quite a futuristic and interactive feel. Broomhill owner Rinus van de Sande says “We want our visitors to get more involved with sculpture here so we thought that including them in the process of choosing a winner would be a great way to enhance the experience for
all ages. We’re delighted with our finalists creations and are confident that our visitors will really enjoy this addition to the Broomhill programme. This exhibition exemplifies the diverse forms that sculpture can take, some of the finalists pieces have a serious message, others are simply fun and interactive - literally inviting you inside for a closer look!”

Broomhill wants you to get involved with sculpture this Summer and invites you to cast your vote to help us choose a winner! Two overall winners (to receive cash prizes) will be announced in September 2010, one chosen by the panel of judges and the other by the public.

Above sculpture by David Booth - NSP Finalist 2010

Friday, 7 May 2010

Installation time

The first of the Ten finalists is now at Broomhill installing her piece...

Claudia Borgna works with discarded materials, looking at the relationship between them and the environment.

She will spend the next few days creating her wonderful plastic bag inspired work in preparation for the Exhibition beginning in June.

Image: Past performance piece.

Spring Garden

The Sculpture Park is flourishing with a gorgeous range of vibrant colours this Spring. The Bee's are enjoying getting their fill and the birds are admiring the valley views from the tree tops.

We love the revitalised feeling that Spring brings the Garden, after the wet winter months its taking full advantage of the sunny days.

You can visit the garden from Mon-Sun, 11am - 4pm.

Adults - 4.50
Concessions (unwaged and senior citizens) - 3.50
Children (15 years old and under) - 1.50
Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) - 10.00

Monday, 12 April 2010

North Devon Festival - June 2010

The North Devon Festival brochure is
out now so make sure you grab one, there'll be plenty to do throughout June for all ages!

Recognised as being one of the top five events in the country by The Times, the North Devon Festival is a celebration of the rich cultural life of the area with dance, fairs, art, lifestyle, sport, theatre, comedy, and nature events happening throughout our rural idyll from coastline to moors over the month of June.

Click here for more info >>

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

The Exhibition

The final Ten sculptures will be unveiled at an outdoor exhibition
beginning June 2010, as part of the North Devon Festival celebrations.   The sculptures will be on display throughout the Summer.  You will be able to vote for your favourite work online and at Broomhill

National Sculpture Prize Sponsors

We would like to thank our local sponsors for their generous support.

The Ten Finalists

The ten finalists, who hail from all parts of the UK include:
“The final ten sculptural ideas each have a unique approach, with a variety of material uses and concepts, including some which are interactive. This and of course the public’s involvement in choosing a winner, will ensure that the exhibition in June will be the most exciting we’ve had yet! Of course we wouldn't be able to attract the caliber of artists we have, if it wasn't for the generous support of our local sponsors, Bray Leino, Parker Hannifin, Proof Magazine, N.Devon Festival and Castle Fine Arts Foundry who have helped financially back the venture.” Quote Rinus van de Sande (Owner of Broomhill)

Image: "Blow me away if you can!" by Claudia Borgna

Help us choose a winner!

This new, annual event is a distinctive addition to the national art calendar, not only as it promotes contemporary public sculpture but a unique twist sees the public given the vote to select their favourite.

Be prepared to have your art critic hat on this Summer, as Broomhill will be asking you to choose a winner! Two overall winners (to receive cash prizes) will be announced in September 2010, one chosen by the panel of judges and the other by the public.

North Devon Hospice

North Devon Hospice has been chosen to be a beneficiary of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, as this charity has a significant, positive impact in the local community, which the Broomhill Art & Sculpture Foundation wishes to support. The sculpture that wins the public vote will be donated to North Devon Hospice for one year and then replaced yearly by the subsequent winning sculpture.

The Prize

Each of the ten finalists will receive £1,000 to turn their proposed idea into an inspiring, celebrated finished piece, ready to be unveiled at the final outdoor exhibition, beginning June 2010, as part of the North Devon Festival celebrations.

Two winners will be announced in September 2010:

The judges winner will receive £3,500. The ‘Public Speaks’ winner will receive £1,500.

The Judges

The Judges, including Robert Bradford, Sandy Brown, Giles Penny, Peter Randall-Page, Mike Roles and Broomhill owners Rinus and Aniet van de Sande, gathered at Broomhill in February 2010, to deliberate and narrow the fifty proposed sculptural ideas down to the final ten. The task was a challenge, but after a day of discussion and heated debate the final ideas were chosen.

A big thank you to the judges and all who entered!

Broomhill National Sculpture Prize

The Broomhill Art & Sculpture Foundation launched a brand new and unique national sculpture competition at the end of 2009, set to provide an exciting challenge for new and emerging UK based artists.

Broomhill Art Hotel sits in one of the most glorious valleys in North Devon, surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland and bound by its own stream. The Broomhill Sculpture Park displays one of the largest permanent collections of contemporary art and sculpture in the South West. 300 sculptures by over 60 sculptors are sited in 10 acres of garden that present a wonderful balance between art and nature.

“The Broomhill Art Hotel’s sculpture forest has tongue-in-cheek humour that evokes Alice in Wonderland: nothing is quite as it first appears... My favorite was Greta Berlin's seven-meter red, patent-leather stiletto, which welcomes guests into the driveway of the intimate...bed-and-breakfast.” - from News Week 29 June 2009