Photo: textile sculpture by Dianne Standen in Rydal Hall grounds

Sculpture Path - Open Daily

Sculpture Path

Rydal Hall has a history of inspiring artists over centuries, and its ethos and landscape continue to do so. Some work has been developed and arranged into a short walk beginning and ending at the Old School Room Tea Shop.

As far as we are aware, this is the first permanent outdoor exhibition of textile sculpture in Britain. We hope that the work helps to draw attention to the variety of beautiful natural forms in the landscape.

Spiral textile


Made primarily from recycled and sustainable materials, the work is continually interacting with the elements and each season brings new changes. Sculptures such as the textile curtains create new viewpoints. The spirals and spheres bring to tangible form the movement of water, air and growth.



The angel 'Raphael' was carved by Shawn Williamson in memorial to Josefina de Vasconcellos, near the area where her 'Escape to light' sculpture one sat. Please respect all art and sculptures. The path is only a suggestion. You are free to explore all of our estates to find what interests you. Work may move around the site and new pieces added. Keep your eyes open!

The sculpture path has been designed to be as accessible as possible. Be aware that some areas are rocky and uneven, so please take care. Sturdy footwear may be prudent! Other art and painting are on display in the Tea Shop.

Main Artists

For the past ten years, Dianne Standen has worked as artist-in-residence at Rydal Hall near Ambleside in the Lake District, gradually introducing a variety of textile sculptures throughout the grounds. This experimental and evolving outdoor textile work can be viewed in the tea room gardens, the woodland, the quiet garden and the restored formal Mawson garden. There is also an annual exhibition of work in the Old School Room Tea Shop.

For more information, please see https://www.creative-textiles

Shawn Williamson has worked at Rydal in the past with Josefina de Vasconcellos on her sculptures and his own work. He feels that the peace and energy many people get from the gardens has helped to inspire his own work.

Wood and Metal

Many carvings and natural art have been completed. Most are temporary, designed to decay back into the ecosystem over time.

The Jubilee figure The Grot and falls

The Jubilee figures were created by Keith Weston and Neil Powell. Made from chain links, they were commissioned by Christian Aid in a campaign to highlight the effects of third world debt.

The 'Picturesque' and Arts & Crafts landscapes

Two contrasting landscapes styles form the setting for the sculptures, buildings and features. They include the 'grot' and waterfalls, formal garden and architectural trees and plants.