More than 200 striking sculptures by 30 contemporary artists are on display at Dorchester’s Sculpture by the Lakes until the end of May.
The new artworks include nine pieces by the late Heather Jansch, the first exhibition of her work since her death last year.
Also among the new sculptures are Barn Owl III by British sculptor Carl Longworth, sited alongside the River Frome, as well as Greer, Guardian Angel – a winged figure hovering over a water feature by the award-winning Ed Elliott.
Simon Gudgeon, sculptor and founder of Sculpture by the Lakes. Said: “People seem to love what we’ve created here I’m happy to say. We’ve had plenty of regular and return visitors, and many coming through our gates for the first time, as well as a few collectors and buyers travelling several hours to be here.
“This is a special event at a very special place. My team and I have worked for a year to bring on board some of the finest contemporary artists and curate a collection in works of exceptional quality. Here visitors and buyers can see them at scale with their surroundings, in a beautiful environment which enhances that experience.
“Visitors tell us it is uplifting, energising, and enriching – which is exactly what great art should be.”
The exhibition at Sculpture by the Lakes includes new pieces by Adam Binder, Nick Bibby, Fred Gordon, Carol Peace, Nadine Collinson, Nicola Godden, and Lucianne Lassalle among others.
Also, shown for the first time, is Simon Gudgeon’s newest piece Parallel Passé, a ballerina sculpture created with Voronoi patterns, in a pose inspired by Prima Ballerina Ksenia Ovsyanick, the principal ballerina with the Staatsballett, Berlin, who came to model for Simon at his Dorset studio.
Simon added: “I am also working on a new kinetic sculpture, Sail. It’s an experimental piece which, if I can get enough time in my studio, could be shown for the first time in the final stages of our exhibition.”
Sculpture by the Lakes is at Pallington Lakes, Tincleton.