“Leave your busy world behind and step, for a moment, into ours.."

Simon Gudgeon, Festival Director, Artist, Owner & Creator of Sculpture by the Lakes


Sculpture by the Lakes

Nestled in 26 acres of Dorset’s glorious countryside Sculpture by the Lakes, is an oasis for art lovers and collectors alike created by renowned contemporary sculptor Simon Gudgeon. Simon’s vision was to create an environment for enthusiasts that blends nature’s beauty with inspiring works of art free from the constraints of enclosed spaces of a traditional gallery. The sculpture park has been carefully landscaped and curated to ensure each of Simons thirty large scale piece is positioned to enhance its aesthetic qualities as well as the visual surroundings. 

Modern Gardens

Simon Gudgeon’s wife Monique has been instrumental in the landscaping and creative planting of the 40 acres of lakes that provides the backdrop for Simon’s signature-smooth sculptures. Over a decade in the the making and consantly being expanded on, she has created a modern garden using inspiration from many different sources both in this country and around the globe.

Dreaming Woods

At the edge of the water lies our Dreaming Woods, a place where time slows to nature’s beat. Take a moment to listen to the wind as it whistles through the chimes and hear the river flowing free. Sit back, lie down and relax. You are exactly where you are meant to be in this moment.

Art Exhibitions

Browse the exhibitions in three galleries situated in the Gallery Cafe, Studio 1 and the Barn Gallery. The works include contemporary sculpture, traditional realism, abstract landscape and whilst there is no particular genre, all the work epitomises quality and mastery of the craft.

Mandala Creation - Barn Gallery 1

Watch the Tashi Lhunpo Monks as they deftly demonstrate the ancient Tibetan art of sand mandala creation. In ancient times, the mandala would have been made from precious and semi-precious stones.  The material used is white marble, ground to a powder and dyed by the monks in the monastery.  The sand was once applied using only the fingertips.  Now it is poured onto the table through metal pipes of funnels called chak-purs.   

Creative Art Therapy - Barn Gallery 2

Come and have a go at art therapy, no artistic talents required! Creative art is not only joyful but it can be used as an effective expression and communication tool. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with stress; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.

Buddhist Art Workshops - 11am-12.30pm Daily

The Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will be running a 90 minute daily workshop to introduce you to the unique traditions of Buddhist monastic art. These include sand mandala making – ‘painting’ with coloured grains of ground marble – the printing of prayer flags and the delicate art of butter sculpture. You can learn some Tibetan language and make a dukar wheel which will be blessed by the monks to offer protection from negative influences.

Workshops cost £5 (not £25 as previously advertised) and are bookable in advance by festival ticketholders only