The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park in Ripon, North Yorkshire is owned by a charitable trust committed to ensuring that future generations are able to enjoy this unusual space full of rare plants and contemporary sculpture. The original land had plantings of Hybrid Rhododendrons along the drive which prompted the then owner to visit famous Rhododendron gardens and consult experts in the field.

Juliet – Study of a Dancer by Tom Merrifield

The seed of an idea to create a Sino Himalayan Garden in North Yorkshire was planted. Rare and unusual varieties and species of plants from the region were added to the growing collection, until the garden was widely considered to have the North’s largest collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias.

In between the 1,400 rhododendron varieties, 250 azalea varieties, 150 different magnolias and a 20-acre arboretum, visitors can find the permanent collection of 90 sculptures.  Hamish Mackie, Terence Coventry, Rebecca Newnham and David William-Ellis are just a few of the well-known artists with work in the collection.

Bursting from the Slumber by Anna Whitehouse

The RHS award-winning garden is open from April to October with and expectation of roughly 22,000 visitors during that time. May is the busiest month as the Rhododendrons are in flower and the garden is considered to hold one of the best collections in the country.

Exhibit your work in this magical space

The Garden is now opening its doors to artists who would like to exhibit their sculptures for the 2024 season. One of the trust’s charitable aims is to promote art in the landscape and show the relationship between a piece of art and the natural world around it. They welcome new and established sculptors to present their work for consideration.

Successful artists will be responsible for delivery of their pieces to the garden, and should they sell their piece, there will be no commission from the sale. Only the understanding that the work remains in situ for the duration of the exhibition.

Logs of Dialogues by Subodh Kerkar

Key Dates

Entry Deadline: 23rd February 2024 at 4pm

Selection Notification: 4th March 2024

Artwork Delivery: by 5th April 2024

Private View: Wednesday 17th April 2024

Exhibition Open to Public: Thursday 18th April to Sunday 3rd November 2024

Collection of unsold work: by 22 November 2024

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