7 of the best sculpture parks in South East England

I’m asked frequently about sourcing sculpture for the garden. It’s a very personal choice so I prefer to point clients towards the best sculpture parks. In effect they are commercial galleries for the great outdoors. Do check their websites for opening times as some are closed during Winter.

Hannah Peschar, near Dorking, Surrey RH5 5QU http://www.hannahpescharsculpture.com/

The original place for sculpture in the garden, has been in business for many years and is well respected. The founder has retired but it’s still a going concern. Set in a magnificent bog garden in east Surrey.

‘Embracing’ by Michael Speller at Hannah Peschar Gallery

‘Embracing’ by Michael Speller at Hannah Peschar Gallery

Garden Gallery, Stockbridge, Hants SO20 8AZ

https://www.gardengallery.uk.com/

Closes to viewing in winter, but owner Rachel Bebb opens on appointment and advises year round. Very solid and represents a wide range of sculptors at all price levels. Also has a rotating exhibition in place at Architectural Plants, a worth-the-trip nursery near Horsham in Sussex.

Cass Sculpture Foundation, near Goodwood, Chichester PO18 0QP

http://sculpture.org.uk/

High end. Many corporate installations, plus major galleries. Worth the visit for its magical setting in the South Downs.  

New Art Centre, Roche Court, near Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 1BG

https://sculpture.uk.com/

Big names – Gormley, Flanagan, etc. Open to visit all year. As above, worth the visit for the parkland setting alone. 

Sculpture Park, Churt, near Farnham, Surrey GU10 2LH

https://www.thesculpturepark.com/

Quite an eccentric collection, ever-changing, largely figurative. You may unearth a gem

David Harber, Aston Upthorpe, Oxon OX11 9EE

https://www.davidharber.co.uk/

One man who has made his name focusing on producing work for high-end gardens. Glossy and some pieces are possibly a little ‘over-exposed’, but impeccably-made abstract works specifically designed for gardens and outdoors developments.

Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

Outpost of an international gallery in an amazing landscape designed by Piet Oudolf. Big names with prices to match.

This post is by Robert Wadman. Read more about him here.