Invasive Species: Shaping the Landscape exhibition launch

Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens and Wentworth Castle Gardens are working collaboratively with the Yorkshire Sculpture Group on an exciting new outdoor exhibition that will be on display, simultaneously, at both locations from Thursday, 1 July.


Invasive Species: Shaping the Landscape is an extraordinary collection of contemporary sculptures, developed and created by members of the Yorkshire Sculptors Group. 


Through their work the artists have explored ideas around nature, humanity and control, to maintain the delicate balance between order and disorder which is characteristic of garden design.


The theme of the work sits perfectly with the surroundings in which they will be displayed, in the beautifully restored walled gardens at Cannon Hall and throughout the stunning gardens at Wentworth Castle Gardens. The sculpture exhibition will remain at the two sites until Sunday, 31 October.

The project is another example of the successful partnership between Barnsley Council, the National Trust and Northern College, who together are ensuring the future of Wentworth Castle Gardens and are committed to bringing an interesting and accessible programme of activities to the borough.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place at Barnsley Council, said: “The partnership between Barnsley Council, the National Trust and Northern College continues to go from strength to strength.  It is wonderful to see collaborative projects with local artists taking place, offering visitors new and exciting exhibitions to see.  The outside spaces at both visitor attractions have been crucial over the last year and it is great to see them used for more and more outdoor displays.”

Ruth Carrington, Partnerships and Participation Officer at the National Trust Wentworth Castle Gardens said: “The exhibition is a perfect opportunity for us to share some of the hidden stories at Wentworth Castle Gardens: from garden design and collection of non-indigenous plant species, to the way in which nature influences our wellbeing. The sites we’ve chosen for the sculptures allow us to draw out their themes in a way that should intrigue and inspire all visitors.’ 

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