Explore a free interactive sculpture trail at Ashton Court this weekend

Explore a free interactive sculpture trail at Ashton Court this weekend

Posted on: 14 Jul 2021

Artspace Lifespace and We Are From Dust are returning with installations, circus acts, DJ sets and more.


Bristol-based charity and creative collective Artspace Lifespace are once again teaming up with artistic non-profit We Are From Dust to host their second pop-up sculpture trail at Ashton Court Estate.


The exhibition will be open to visitors from 19:00-21:30 on Saturday 17 July, bringing together art, music, heritage, nature and, of course, the good people of Bristol.


Alongside a trail of eye-catching sculptures and light installations, performers will be set up across the famous grounds of Ashton Court, inviting attendees to explore freely.



The core sculpture trail will be made up of four pieces of work, produced by artists based across Bristol and beyond, and accompanied by their own designated performers.


Bristol's Hugo Farmer will be exploring notions of activism on the South Lawn with his piece, Freedom of Speech, based around themes of human rights and freedom of expression.


The South Stair Tower will be home to CJay Roughgarden's Zlatì?o, selected to represent the way the pandemic has impacted human connections and affected our relationships with loved ones.


The sprawling Courtyard area is set to showcase the Bristol Boo Purr Pod, encouraging attendees to interact and trigger light and motion features as part of an intentional disconnection from the traditional gallery or museum experience.


Finally, Ashton Court's Walled Garden will feature Andrea Greenlees' Transparenza, a transparent structure made of clear acrylic panels, laser-cut with painstaking attention to detail and assembled without the use of screws or nails.


The sculpture at the heart of the installation - also entirely transparent - explores the concept of 'Divina Proportione', or the use of a woman's body over a man's.



Speaking ahead of this weekend's exhibition, Artspace Ashton Court Director, Yomi Ayeni, said: 


“Ashton Court is the perfect location to repurpose and exhibit large sculptural installations; some of which have only been seen overseas, for free right here in Bristol in the stunning setting of the mansion grounds.


“We are From Dust ArtSpace installations focus on reflection and play. We selected artworks that invite introspection and celebration of the human condition in a rapidly changing world. The works we have selected invite interaction.”


As well as the sculpture and performance trail, attendees can enjoy DJ sets from a selection of We Are From Dust and Artspace residents, as well as takeaway cocktails and locally-sourced cider from the South Lawn pop-up bar.


Although entry to the trail is free, social distancing guidelines will be in place, and the organisers are suggesting using torches to guide a path through the space.


To find out more, or follow news and updates, head to the We Are From Dust website or find Artspace Lifespace on Twitter.


Main Image: Phillip Clark

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Matt Robson


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Matt is a Journalism graduate and writer, passionate about supporting Bristol music, art and independent business. Get in touch via email at matt@365bristol.com.