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Artisans’ Bazaar | Sculpture by the Lakes

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Eye-catching artwork, jewellery, sculpture, pottery and more at Sculpture by the Lakes

Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorchester, is to be transformed into the Artisans’ Bazaar in the six weeks running up to Christmas. More than 50 artists and makers, many of them from the Dorset area, showcasing their work at stalls in the Sculpture Park SPACE from 7th November to 23rd December 2020.

During lockdown, the Artisans’ Bazaar has moved online. You can see the fabulous array of work at sculpturebythelakes.co.uk/shop with free delivery available when you spend over £100. You can also click and collect; the sculpture park remains open and entry is free when you spend more than £50.

Visitors will be able to explore unique and beautiful creations across a range of artistic mediums and techniques, from glasswork to pottery, painting to textiles, wood carving to weaving, and leatherwork to jewellery making. Exhibitors include Suzette Knight and her ‘hand build’ ceramics; Sharon Boon, who turns ‘shoreline treasures’ collected on local beaches into artworks; printmaker Paul Cleden; silverware designer Karina Gill; woodturner Darren Wheeler; and Claire Richards with her raffia craft creations, to name just a few. To complete the experience, on-site gallery space, The Gallery by the Lakes, is set to be turned into a sumptuous palace filled with colour and enticing aromas. The park’s café will also be open, so visitors can combine the experience with a coffee or lunch.

Simon Gudgeon, sculptor and owner of Sculpture by the Lakes, has said:
“With a wealth of artefacts and artworks on sale, the Artisans’ Bazaar will be a pleasure to explore and a truly unique Christmas shopping experience. Rather than the

same old, mass-produced stuff, shoppers will take home some very special gifts to be treasured.” There will be something to suit everyone’s taste. Not only will there be art for your walls, but you’ll also find pieces for the garden, for your coffee tables, and pieces you can wear.”

The event is being organised by Simon and Monique Gudgeon, owners of Sculpture by the Lakes. The park, near Dorchester, features over 30 of Simon’s own internationally recognised sculptures, set in spectacular gardens maintained by his wife Monique and a team of gardeners. Simon has an extensive history of celebrating fellow artists, featuring their work in his gallery spaces as well as hosting workshops and events, including the popular Dorset Arts Festival held at Sculpture by the Lakes in July.

Simon adds:
“This new event brings together a group of incredibly talented creative individuals, unified by their high levels of skill and the fact that their work is beautiful. It will be a feast for all the senses, and visitors will not only want to take it all in, but also, I hope, want to take a little of that experience home to share with loved ones too.”

The Artisans’ Bazaar at Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorchester, runs from 7th November to 23rd December 2020, except Sundays and Mondays. In accordance with Covid-19 rules, face masks must be worn by all visitors, and numbers at any one time will be limited in order to support social distancing. To find out more about the Artisans’ Bazaar, visit: sculpturebythelakes.co.uk/artisans-bazaar or to book tickets to Sculpture by the Lakes visit: sculpturebythelakes.co.uk

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