Annual Ballymaloe Open Air Sculpture Exhibition | Ballymaloe House

In association with Richard Scott Sculpture - 20th June until 31st August 2019

The Ballymaloe Sculpture Exhibition in association with Richard Scott Sculpture opens at Ballymaloe House on Thursday 20th June and the exhibition will be available for viewing until 31st August 2019 from 9 am to 9 pm.

There are 42 pieces of sculpture created by 33 artists sited on the verdant grounds of this beautiful venue. Some of Ireland best sculptors are here including John Coll, Elizabeth Cope, Eileen McDonagh, Patrick O’Reilly and Michael Quane, to mention but a few. The Allen family’s long tradition of supporting the arts is evidenced in this gloriously disparate collection from Irish, Swiss and Slovenian artists. Works in stone, bronze, stainless steel, ceramic and indeed grass are revealed as you come up the leafy drive; organic and geometric forms alike harmonising with the living backdrop of trees, fields and flowers.

The interaction with the grounds and farm is what is most striking; this natural gallery invites participation. There’s no cold elitism here; it’s warm and welcoming and fun. At a time when artists need our support more than ever, this exhibition allows a much more personal connection to their pieces. This is an enormously diffuse collection yet all the works coexist nicely; the conceptual sits happily side by side with the figurative; the oblique with the self-explanatory.

Richard Scott has made excellent use of the features here to showcase the works; this media shy art lover is clearly an empathetic curator and does all the heavy lifting – literally; as with the support of the farm staff he has mastered the art of the forklift to move the large pieces around until he finds their natural fit.

He first assembled this exhibition at Ballymaloe in 2014 and this updated version has a huge appeal; people who come for a meal in the wonderful  Ballymaloe House or Cafe have an extra experiece to enjoy during their visit to East Cork. It’s a success in every sense and the gallery is very inventive in facilitating purchase plans- a wise strategy and one that makes works of this calibre accessible to a wide audience.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition you are also invited to join Richard Scott on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 pm for a guided 1-hour walk through the Sculpture Exhibition.  'Walk and talk' Tours are informative and light-hearted. Everyone is welcome. No need to book and no charge... just turn up!

This year Richard Scott is delighted to welcome Eileen McDonagh from Sligo and Bojana Krizanec from Slovenia to Ballymaloe for the inaugural stone carving symposium.  The two artists shall reside on the farm for two weeks after the exhibition opens on 20th June. 

Eileen shall be carving a piec of Red Granite and Bojana shall be workin with Kilkenny Limestone from McKeon Stone, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Visitors are welcome to visit the pop up stone-carving studio, which shall be sited by the farmyard.   Einleen and Bojana shall be happy to discuss all aspects of working with stone with visitors. 

More information on the exhibition and artists to follow shortly....  and follow our Facebook EVENTS page HERE too for updates   

Please post to and follow social media coverage of the exhbition via the hashtag #BallymaloeSculptureTrail 

Join us at Ballymaloe House for a mid-week one night Art Appreciation break and enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition, 5-course dinner and bed and breakfast for 2 guests from €440.



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