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15th May 2017
Mars Labyrinth installation
Mars Labyrinth installation
On a beautiful sunny day Margaret Ker was helped by Sarah Kahn to set up her Mars labyrinth. All the wood used is from trees felled at Caol Ruadh over the past year. Visitors will be able to wander around the labyrinth and feel its mystical powers! ...we hope!
 
13th May 2017
Henk helps ESS artists
Henk helps ESS artists
Karen's 82 year old Dutch relative Henk Sleebos was very happy helping ESS artist Despina Nissiriou to install her work!
Lynn Cowan, Despina and Sarah Dale all travelled across from Edinburgh and had a glorious day installing their work.
 
10th May 2017
Spot the lambs!
Spot the lambs!
Amazing sculptors Angela and Brunton Hunter brought Angela's sculptures ready to install. Quite a few will be sited in and around the Gunnera Pond. In this photo you have to look above Angela and Brunton to see her wee lambs amongst the rocks!
 
7th May 2017
Helen Michie Mosaics
Helen Michie Mosaics
Helen Michie was blessed with a beautiful day to install her beautiful mosaics inspired by the beachcombing objects and natural forms.
 
4th May 2017
Hortus Redux invitation design
Hortus Redux invitation design
Earlier this year I (Anne) was asked to be a DofE mentor for 12 year old Sophie Brinson. I gave her a project which was to design our Hortus Redux private view invitation.
She produced a wonderful design inspired by the plants Tim Collins and Reiko have used in their "Fiadh" installation.
Well done Sophie!
 
23rd April 2017
Illona Morrice
Illona Morrice
Illona Morrice arrived this week with some stunning pieces of work. I particularly like this very whimsical lady!
 
18th April 2017
Chris Muirhead
Chris Muirhead
Last week Chris Muirhead came to install his trio of corten steel sculptures, Fragile Connection. He was really amazed at the changes to this area of the garden which now has a series of pools and cascades. We have also planted a wide selection of wildflowers in this area so we should have a very colourful show in the summer!
 
13th April 2017
Fun in the Pond!
Fun in the Pond!
James Scotland and I have been busy in the Gunnera Pond
James has done an excellent job removing alot of vegetation and soil to reveal the beautiful rock faces. This will provide lots of new areas for sculpture to be exhibited this year.
I was back in the pond in my new waders! I have cleared the acer island of weeds and also removed alot of lichen from the acers so they should be much happier!
 
12th April 2017
Early Morning on the Kyles
Early Morning on the Kyles
There is nothing that beats early morning views and sounds of the Kyles of Bute!
Pulpit rock awaits its new visitor too!
 
11th April 2017
Emma Herman Smith Wild Flower Foot Tribute
Emma Herman Smith Wild Flower Foot Tribute
Reiko Goto Collins helped me replant Emma Herman-Smiths giant footprint with some special wild flower seed and some red poppy seeds in the toes which I know would have made Emma smile! This is a tribute to Emma who sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2014 and exhibited with us in 2012. "Tread Lightly"
Close freinds and family have just produced an amazing book about her and her beautiful artwork called
Emma Herman-Smith - A Life in Art.
 
4th April 2017
Heather planting
Heather planting
We found an ideal place for some gorgeous heathers below the tennis courts.I mass planted Erica x stuartii, Daboecia cantabrica, Erica x darleyensis and Calluna vulgaris in swathes which we hope will look amazing with the sculptures we envisage in this area.
 
3rd April 2017
Spring in the garden!
Spring in the garden!
Just had to share this lovely picture of spring in the garden! We are all very busy this week working in the garden, plenty of pruning, weeding and planting!
Luckily we were blessed today by a fabulous sunny day.
 
31st March 2017
Dihelion sundial installed
Dihelion sundial installed
Today the sun kindly helped Alastair Hunter to install his double sundial which he has named Dihelion.
This incredible sundial was inspired by the colours and shapes of sunshine.
 
21st March 2017
Teresa Hunyadi gets started!
Teresa Hunyadi gets started!
Teresa begins her work in the barn on two very large pieces of wood which were felled in the garden earlier this year. It will be interesting to see these pieces evolve over the next 2 weeks.
 
16th March 2017
Rainbow
Rainbow
Teresa Hunyadi and Lynn Cowan took this amazing photo en route to Caol Ruadh. They both will be artists in residence over the next couple of weeks producing work for this years exhibition. We are looking forward to watching their progress!
 
6th March 2017
Things happening in the park
Things happening in the park
Visitors walking around the Scottish Sculpture Park at Caol Ruadh this summer will notice that there have been some substantial changes made to the park over the past year, mainly the removal of many old trees and overgrown shrubs. The skillful felling of many of the trees has been carried out by local expert tree surgeon Simon Dawson, pictured here carrying out work on a huge conifer near the walled garden.
 
3rd March 2017
Tim and Reiko Searching for Plants
Tim and Reiko Searching for Plants
Tim Collins and Reiko Goto delivered their installation Fiadh which was part of their Caledonian Decoy Exhibition at CCA in Glasgow. They spent an interesting afternoon in the nearby woodlands in search of suitable plants which will be planted within their deer exclosure structures.
 
22nd February 2017
Maja Sonne Georg preparing for her installation
Maja Sonne Georg preparing for her installation
Maja and her lovely family came on a rather wet day to take a plaster cast of an area on pulpit rock, I won't say what the sculpture is just yet!
Her children were fascinated by the playful seals.
 
21st February 2017
Congratulations Robbie!
Congratulations Robbie!
We would also like to congratulate Robbie Baird and his team on the new look to Tighnabruaich Gallery. Robbie has also been very busy and is exhibiting his own work again as a series of triptychs which are fabulous. Good Luck!
 
20th February 2017
Andy McClintock and Margaret Ker Visit
Andy McClintock and Margaret Ker Visit
We had a very interesting day with Andy McClintock (a returning artist) and Margaret Ker. Both are bringing a spiritual feel to the exhibition this year. Andy is creating some dancing spirits that will be in various areas of the garden for visitors to find and Margaret is going to set up our first labyrinth, Mars Labyrinth to be exact.
 
19th February 2017
Guy Elder picks a site for his sculpture
Guy Elder picks a site for his sculpture
We are very pleased that Guy Elder is exhibiting with us again this year. He is doing a collaborative piece of work with sculptor Barry Grove. The finished piece will be made from a stunning piece of burr oak and sandstone! We can't wait to see it!
Guy enjoyed seeing all the new areas that Karen has created in the garden and found a wonderful site for the new sculpture.
 
18th February 2017
The Caledonian Decoy at CCA Glasgow
The Caledonian Decoy at CCA Glasgow
We all visited Tim Collins and Reiko Goto thought provoking exhibition in CCA. We are very happy to say that the sculptural installation FIADH which is Scottish Gaelic for deer will be coming to Caol Ruadh for the summer.
Tim and Reiko are passionate about the cultural aspects of ancient forests in Scotland.
The aim of this project was to "establish a model for art with forests rather than in forests."
 
17th February 2017
Lauren Fox GSS
Lauren Fox GSS
Karen, Amanda and I visited Lauren Fox at GSS to see how she was getting on with her amazing metal rays and whales. We visited the metal workshops too.
 
17th November 2016
Beautiful Sky !
Beautiful Sky !
I had to share this beautiful photo I took of the evening sky overlooking the Kyles!
 
9th November 2016
Mary Bourne RBS Talk
Mary Bourne RBS Talk
Karen, Amanda and I were delighted to be invited to hear Mary Bourne talk about her amazing Brian Mercer Stone Carving Residency in Pietrasanta,Italy.
Mary obviously enjoyed her experience saying that it gave her freedom for personal thoughts and feelings to permeate her work without the limitations of her usual working to a brief for a commission. The work she exhibited was true reflection of this.
 
6th November 2016
Final Group from ESS
Final Group from ESS
The last two artists from ESS, Maja Sonne Georg and Kjersti Sletteland came to Caol Ruadh for the first time and again the weather was superb! They enjoyed the stunning views of the Kyles from Pulpit Rock.
 
4th November 2016
Second ESS Visit
Second ESS Visit
At long last Lynn Cowan visited us at Caol Ruadh! She was joined by Fiona MCLauclan Powell, Fiona Maher and Simon Burns-Cox from ESS. Again we were blessed by another beautiful day! They all enjoyed seeing all the new areas Karen has created in the garden and went away with plenty to think about for next years exhibition!
 
30th October 2016
Edinburgh Sculpture Studio Visits
Edinburgh Sculpture Studio Visits
Our first group of new artists from ESS, Sarah Dale, Despina Nissiriou and Teresa Hunyadi came to visit Caol Ruadh for the first time on Sunday. They had a beautiful day to wander about the park and had lots of exciting ideas for the work they want to create for next years exhibition!
 
20th October 2016
Mark McGillivray's Solargraphs!
Mark McGillivray's Solargraphs!
On Thursday we had a visit from a very interesting man called Mark McGillivray. Mark is a keen amateur photographer with a special interest in an unusual kind of picture called a Solagraph.
Mark creates these Solagraphs which are essentially a single exposure picture with a duration of up to 6 months using a pinhole camera which he makes himself. The ultimate objectof these pictures is to track the movement of the sun across the sky and how that changes with the seasons.
Mark has placed various pinhole cameras around the park to test locations and will then return again once we have all the sculptures in place next year. He ultimately wants a single image combining art and time together.
Karen and I are very excited about this and it will very interesting to see the final results. I have put an examle of his work using Rob Mulholland's Sky Tower
 
17th October 2016
Thank you Lynn!
Thank you Lynn!
Karen and I would both like to mention and also thank Lynn Cowan, who has returned to ESS after finishing her degree BA (Ord) Combined Studies, Art and Design. Lynn kindly organised artists to meet us when we visited the ESS. It was also great to see some of Lynn's thought provoking work entitled "Drainscape Series"
Lynn will also hopefully be exhibiting her work at Caol Ruadh in 2017!
 
7th October 2016
New Curator/Art Director Amanda Oppé
New Curator/Art Director Amanda Oppé
We are delighted to announce the addition of a new Curator/Art Director at Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park,
Amanda Oppé. Amanda has always helped us with the sculpture park and her artistic and creative input has been invaluable over the years.

Welcome Amanda!
 
6th October 2016
Handmade at kew helen Michie
Handmade at kew helen Michie
Last night I went to the preview of Handmade at Kew to see one of our artists for next year, Helen Michie. Her ceramic wall pieces are all inspired by the natural world and she also has a stunning pebble and stoneware mosaic which is exhibited outside. We wish her every success at the show and look forward to seeing her work for us next year!
helenmichie@oneuk.com
www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/kew
 
3rd October 2016
Andy McClintock, Bill Williamson and Zac Fraser-McNeil
Andy McClintock, Bill Williamson and Zac Fraser-McNeil
Andy, Bill and Zac also paid us a visit on Saturday as they too wanted to see the changes going on in the garden. Andy was very impressed with the rock formations that have been revealed and the spaces created by the removal of vegetation.
They all found the changes to the garden very inspiring!
Morgan Russell, our student helper two years ago and now recent graduate from GSA was also visiting us this weekend and will hopefully be exhibiting with us next year too!
 
1st October 2016
Lotte Glob and Illona Morrice visit to Caol Ruadh
Lotte Glob and Illona Morrice visit to Caol Ruadh
Lotte Glob, her grand-daughter Anna and Illona Morrice all came to stay at Caol Ruadh this weekend. Lotte and Anna have never visited us before and we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day to show them around the park. Illona, one of our original artists was very keen to see all the changes Karen has been making to the gardens!
 
30th September 2016
Rock Cleaning!
Rock Cleaning!
Karen's sons James, Gregor and David have spent their summer clearing moss (jet-washing!) from alot of the rocks all over the park, the results are stunning and will create amazing new areas for sculptures next year.
 
30th September 2016
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Karen and I met up at ESW. Lynn Cowan kindly organised a meeting with a group of artists that would potentially like to exhibit with us next year. There was a interesting range of disciplines and materials that we felt would be ideally suited to the landscape at Caol Ruadh.
 
30th September 2016
Edinburgh visit
Edinburgh visit
Karen and I returned to Edinburgh yesterday to visit some of our artists from previous years and meet some new ones. My first port of call was to visit Carol Sinclair and Lorna Fraser who were very busy setting up their stunning new exhibition,
"Making Space" in the Patriothall Gallery, Edniburgh EH3 5 AY
Preview Sat 1st October 2-5pm
Open Sun 2nd to Tues 11th Oct 12-6pm (closed wed)
 
23rd August 2016
The Gunnera Pond
The Gunnera Pond
Karen's sons have been very busy clearing the moss from the rock faces above the pond, the results are stunning!
 
25th July 2016
Launching Lotte Glob's floating stones
Launching Lotte Glob's floating stones
Karen and I had a really good journey back to Caol Ruadh, Colintraive including a wee bit of retail therapy in Bruar where we bizarrely bumped into sculptor Tom Alan and his lovely wife Marilyn!
Karen could not wait to launch Lotte Glob's floating stones into her new pond below the Apple House.
We both really enjoyed our little road trip and enjoyed meeting lots of new inspiring people and finding new sculptors for next years exhibition
 
25th July 2016
Busy Bee Illona
Busy Bee Illona
Illona had been very busy creating whilst we were travelling north to see Lotte Glob.
We had a wonderful evening in Findhorn taking in the sunset!
www.illona-sculptures.co.uk
 
23rd July 2016
Portsoy
Portsoy
After a few days travelling, we had a relaxing day with Illona. We went to visit Brian Cook Shand in Portsoy, wonderful ceramics and then spent time beachcombing!
www.briancookshand.co.uk
 
22nd July 2016
Ullapool
Ullapool
After a lovely nights stay at the Altnaharra Hotel back in Lairg Karen wanted me to see some of the spectacular mountainous scenery so we headed SW to Ullapool.
 
22nd July 2016
Lotte Glob Sculpture Croft
Lotte Glob Sculpture Croft
Onwards up to Laid, on the shores of Loch Eriboll, Sutherland to visit Lotte Glob. We spent well over an hour exploring her wonderful Sculpture Croft before having a wonderful chat with Lotte in her unusual home. She will be exhibiting with us next year which will be very exciting!
 
22nd July 2016
Crask Inn
Crask Inn
We then travelled North again and had a very unusual break stopping at the Crask Inn just north of Lairg. The pub was being used for a local church service for the locals which they kindly invited us to! Unfortunately we had to travel on but they offered us their sandwiches and coffee and a very warm welcome, thank you!
 
20th July 2016
Karen and Anne's Road Trip!
Karen and Anne's Road Trip!
Karen and I decided to go on a road trip to visit artists in Northern Scotland. We travelled up through the Cairngorms up to visit sculptor Illona Morrice in Cummingston, Moray.
Illona has exhibited with us since 2012 and we look forward to her work next year, but today we were simply enjoying her fantastic garden and hospitality!
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29th June 2016
More planting and new bridge!
More planting and new bridge!
The new area now has Hydrangea annabelle planted just before the new bridge and many new plants including a wide selection of ornamental grasses.
 
23rd June 2016
The new pond taking shape
The new pond taking shape
The new pond is really taking shape now. Karen has begun to plant marginal and bog plants.
 
31st May 2016
Work in progress
Work in progress
Just a wee update on what has been happening at Caol Ruadh. Karen has been very busy doing some major garden projects.
There is now a new pond under construction near the Apple House which will also help with the land drainage!
Many of the huge mossy rocks nearby have been stripped revealing the marvellous granite beneath!
 
7th January 2016
Happy New Year !! 2016
Happy New Year !! 2016
Karen and I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.
Even though we are closed this year please keep an eye on our blog to see the changes that will be happening in the garden.
Karen took this wonderful photo of Caol Ruadh from Bute!
 
12th November 2015
Illona's lady gets a new home!
Illona's lady gets a new home!
Illona's sculpture "Falling Apart" has now found a very languorous setting! Many thanks to our friend and wonderfully supportive journalist, Lynda Henderson, for sharing this photo of "Rosa".
 
12th November 2015
Mary Bourne's Regeneration SOLD!
Mary Bourne's Regeneration SOLD!
We are delighted to say that we have sold Mary Bourne's very versatile sculpture "Regeneration" to a lady in Edinburgh who visited us during the summer!
 
13th October 2015
Karen and I celebrating a great year!
Karen and I celebrating a great year!
Karen and I had a wee celebratory drink and raised a glass to all the artists who have exhibitied with us over the past 4 years! and to all our wonderful visitors too!
We are now closing until 2017 so that Karen can do some major work in the garden to create new areas for exhibiting work.
We hope all our artists will enjoy the new landscape and will come to visit us to see the new areas next year.
Thank you again, artists, visitors, friends and family for all your supportand we look forward to a special exhibiton in 2017!
 
25th September 2015
Last Weekend we are OPEN!!!!
Last Weekend we are OPEN!!!!
Last chance to see this years exhibition!
The Sculpture park will be closed on 28th September so please come and have a final browse around the park to see the sculptures set against stunning autumnal colours!
 
25th September 2015
Cowal Open Studios 25th-28th September
Cowal Open Studios 25th-28th September
This coming weekend we are part of the Cowal Open Studios. The many professional artists – painters, potters, sculptors, furniture makers, jewellers, textile artists and photographers, who work on the Cowal peninsula in the midst of the beautiful Argyll countryside, open their doors to visitors on these four days (and on other times by appointment). From Cairndow to Dunoon and Toward, from Strachur to Tighnabruaich and many beautiful places in between, come and see what lies behind the closed doors and beyond the garden gates. DOWNLOAD BROCHURE or CHECK MAP for opening times at each venue.
 
5th September 2015
Sunburst Sold!
Sunburst Sold!
David Collins' beautiful slate sculpture "Sunburst" sold on a very beautiful sunny day in Scotland!
 
26th August 2015
Dugald MacInnes "Hunters and Gatherers" sold
Dugald MacInnes "Hunters and Gatherers" sold
Dugald MacInnes' beautiful slate sculptures have always been popular and another one sold last weekend!
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24th August 2015
Visit Pieter Van der Werf in the Boathouse
Visit Pieter Van der Werf in the Boathouse
Next weekend will be last weekend to watch Pieter's felt making demonstrations in the Boathouse at Caol Ruadh. Pieter has transformed the Boathouse into an amazing workshop!
Pieter's company Orains specialises in making unique sculptural pieces using wool and other materials.

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23rd August 2015
New Arrival !
New Arrival !
Bill Williamson has brought a new sculpture to Caol Ruadh. Karen and I first saw the early model of this sculpture when we first met Bill in 2012! We loved it and are so happy Bill has found a new medium to work with so she is now with us.
We have named her "Pregnant Pause"
Come and see her!
 
14th August 2015
Work continues on Bothy
Work continues on Bothy
Two brilliant carpenters, Graham and Paul, who have been busy doing work inside Caol Ruadh got a chance to be out in the sunshine!
They have started to put the roof back on the bothy!
 
3rd August 2015
Wee Bothy renovation!
Wee Bothy renovation!
Visitors to Caol Ruadh may have noticed a wee bothy on the foreshore near the entrance to the glade. For many years this has been fairly derelict. Well it is now being renovated and the first stage was to remove the old roof.
Now it looks just like one of Kevin Dagg's houses on the beach !
 
25th July 2015
The Envoy goes to Bute!
The Envoy goes to Bute!
Bill Williamson's sculpture "The Envoy" was sold this weekend to a lovely couple from Bute. Bill is a local artist from Ardentinny and this year is the first time he has exhibited sculpture with us, however he has been secretly exhibiting for the past 4 years! Very observant visitors may have noticed plaques dotted about the park in the trees, these are all by Bill too!
 
23rd July 2015
Mary Bourne's first visit to Caol Ruadh
Mary Bourne's first visit to Caol Ruadh
Mary Bourne and her family travelled to see us from the Cairngorms. Despite the rain we have had lots of visitors this week and Mary enjoyed seeing the new arrangement of her "Regeneration" sculpture which is on the lawn below the tennis courts.
 
17th July 2015
History of Caol Ruadh
History of Caol Ruadh
Karen & I are creating a book about the history of Caol Ruadh and all the transformations that Karen has done to the gardens and house over the past decade. If anyone has any photographs we would really appreciate them! This is picture of Caol Ruadh when it was a school
 
26th June 2015
June in Bloom!
June in Bloom!
The gardens are looking fantastic at Caol Ruadh. The gigantic Gunnera manicata looks magnificent in the pond and the hosta bed has sprung up along the stream.
 
22nd June 2015
Kilmodan School Nature Study Class
Kilmodan School Nature Study Class
Last Monday Kilmodan School had a nature study class at Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park. Gwen McCrossan led the children on a specimen hunt for fungi and seed pods. The 20 children,aged 5-12 years, also enjoyed looking at all the new sculptures in the park.
 
17th June 2015
Mary Bourne's Regeneration
Mary Bourne's Regeneration
Mary Bourne's installation "Regeneration" lives up to its title.
When Karen, Amanda & I initially installed Mary's work we arranged the granite pods in a shape resembling a nebula.
Karen has now rearranged them into this much more compact arrangement and the work looks completely different.
A very versatile sculpture!
 
16th June 2015
Caol Ruadh Sculpture prize 2015
Caol Ruadh Sculpture prize 2015
We are pleased to announce the winner of the Caol Ruadh Sculpture Prize 2015 at the Paisley Art Institute,
Chris Muirhead!
Chris Muirhead exhibited with us for the first time last year and we are so pleased he has won the award this year.
 
15th June 2015
Oyster Catcher nest
Oyster Catcher nest
Karen discovered an Oyster Catcher's nest on Pulpit Rock, a work of art in itself!!
 
10th June 2015
Flutttering and Dancing in the Breeze
Flutttering and Dancing in the Breeze
Beginning life as a scientist, Andy is a largely self taught artist who has been working for thirty years in painting, sculpture and landscape gardening and increasingly blurring the boundaries between all three areas.
Clothing in all its aspects is a universal experience. Used as sculpture my intention is to explore memories and the fragility and transience of our lives. This year at Caol Ruadh I take a look at the persistent memories of childhood.

Exhibition title: Fluttering and Dancing in the Breeze

"Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Tiny, empty dresses,
Fashioned in concrete.

Keepsakes
Relics,
Spirits.

The fragile transience
Of our
Bittersweet
Lives."
 
5th June 2015
"Rock Dresser"
"Rock Dresser"
Teena Gould's ceramic plates/platters have been cleverly arranged to create a "Rock Dresser" in the boulders below the graveyard.
These amazing plates have been inspired by the landscape and history of Caol Ruadh.

 
2nd June 2015
New Secret Weapon against rhododendrons!
New Secret Weapon against rhododendrons!
The gardens at Caol Ruadh look much bigger this year due to the removal of a colossal amount of rhododendrons! There is always an ongoing war with the ever invasive rhododendrons. To combat these invaders Karen has just bought a new secret weapon, the Neilsen Hand Puller, which removes the roots!

 
1st June 2015
Swings and Roundabouts
Swings and Roundabouts
We are also very happy that an artist new to us this year,Lesley Carruthers, has sold a piece of her work, "Swings and Roundabouts".
Lesley has also taken alot of photos of the gardens which are in the link below
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31st May 2015
Andrea Geile Perennial Beauties!
Andrea Geile Perennial Beauties!
Andrea Geile's colourful Perennials are a welcome addition to Pulpit Rock.
 
31st May 2015
Mike Russell's Blipfoto
Mike Russell's Blipfoto
In 2012 we asked Mike Russell MSP to open Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park and since then he and his wife Cathleen have always supported us. Karen and I are so pleased that you enjoyed this years exhibition !

Please click into link below
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30th May 2015
Opening weekend sales!
Opening weekend sales!
The ever popular Illona Morrice sold two pieces of her work last weekend, the lovely reclining lady above the pond and the blue bird in the rushes also by the pond. Both buyers have kindly allowed these pieces to stay with us for the summer.
 
29th May 2015
Mermaids in the Glade
Mermaids in the Glade
This year there is a rather special experience in the secluded area we call The Glade. Linda Johns has created a sanctuary for mermaids! You will have to look hard to see all the exhibits, especially the mermaid shadow over one of the moss covered boulders.
 
24th May 2015
Scottish Open Gardens weekend
Scottish Open Gardens weekend
We are so pleased that the Colintraive Open Gardens weekend raised a total of £700. The 3 gardens:Altavoil, Caol Ruadh and Milton Wood all looked magnificent.
We will be donating our money to Cancer Macmillan Nurses in memory of one of our artists Emma Herman Smith.
Andrea Geile, exhibiting with us this year and close friend to Emma brought us some amazing wild flower seeds which have spread over one of her Big Foot (2012) footprints.
 
23rd May 2015
New Exhibition 2015 !!
New Exhibition 2015 !!
The New Exhibition 2015 is now open!
We were blessed with a beautiful day and everyone had a wonderful time roaming around discovering all the new sculptures.
The garden looks stunning and we would like to thank everyone involved in the preparation.
 
23rd May 2015
 
Lynda Henderson Article in Forargyll
We would also like to thank Lynda Henderson for her endless support. Please read her wonderful article about this years exhibition in forargyll.com


http://forargyll.com/2015/05/caol-ruadh-2015-war-and-peace/.

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15th May 2015
Tom Allan returns
Tom Allan returns

Tom Allan returns to us this year. Our very first sale in 2012 was Tom's stunning black marble heart and we are so pleased he is exhibiting with us again this year with a wonderful range of new work!
 
14th May 2015
 On A Sad Note.....
On A Sad Note.....
Karen's Family would like everyone visiting this year to know her beloved dog, Zelda, will not be there to greet you this year

Zelda April 2001 - July 2014

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,

And what can be the use of her is more than I can see.

Constant, watchful, independently minded, generous in spirit, elegant and graceful, always there

My shadow,

much loved and so missed
 
5th May 2015
Can you guess what this is ?
Can you guess what this is ?
John Brazenall, a fine art bronze founder from Edinburgh is exhibiting with us this year. His work has been described in the past as "anarchic, playful and beautifully conceived".
Try to work out from the photo what he has created for us!
 
1st May 2015
Caroline Inckle's Installation !
Caroline Inckle's Installation !
This year we have a very unusual installation created by Caroline Inckle. You can find it on the meadow cascading down towards the Kyles.
 
29th April 2015
David Collins
David Collins
New to Caol Ruadh this year is Stone carver David Collins from Glasgow. The sculptures he is exhibiting with us this year show his fascination of aesthetic shapes and pure forms.
 
27th April 2015
Mermaid's Grotto in the Glade!
Mermaid's Grotto in the Glade!
Linda Johns, our first artist in residence, will transform the intimate shady glade area in the garden, into a Mermaid's Grotto! Work is almost finished but here is a glimpse of one of their tails!
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26th April 2015
Inspired by 'points of change' Ellen McCann
Inspired by 'points of change' Ellen McCann
Ellen McCann finds inspiration for her evocative metal sculptures from 'points of change' - for example: landscape being shaped by the elements.
 
22nd April 2015
Ian Cook's figures Strike a Pose!
Ian Cook's figures Strike a Pose!
New to the park this year is artist and sculptor Ian Cook.
Karen and I loved his woven Lime wood sculptures when we visited him last year.
They all have mythological feel about them!
 
17th April 2015
Illona's new work!
Illona's new work!
Illona followed us back to Caol Ruadh to install her work for this year. Illona has exhibited with us every year as her fabulous stoneware and bronzes are immensely popular! This year her new work is much more colourful and some even have a splash of gold!
 
15th April 2015
Road trip
Road trip
Karen & I travelled north to Burghead to stay with Illona Morrice before going over to Moray to pick up some work from stone carver, Mary Bourne, another new artist for this year. The weather was superb and we had this view when visited a local pub!
 
15th April 2015
Richard Webb
Richard Webb
Richard Webb, another new artist brought some very interesting sculptures. Nigel, Jim, Allan, Amanda and Colin were all there to help install his work!
 
14th April 2015
Nigel Mullan installation
Nigel Mullan installation
A new artist exhibiting with us this year is stone sculptor Nigel Mullan. He has a wonderful sunny day to install his thought provoking work in the Gravel Garden

 
12th April 2015
Returning the Bigman
Returning the Bigman
Karen and I had an interesting journey to Glasgow returning Andy Scott's Bigman. Lots of passing vehicles couldn't believe their eyes!
Andy's workshop was as amazing as ever and it was great to see him again.
 
11th April 2015
Andy McClintock 's Jewel-like Dresses
Andy McClintock 's Jewel-like Dresses
Andy returns this year with some very special sculptures. His jewel coloured dresses have transformed the Rose Garden
 
11th April 2015
Linda Johns, first artist in residence
Linda Johns, first artist in residence
Linda Johns is our first artist in residence and is creating her ethereal mermaids will be made from pine needles!
 
10th April 2015
Carol Sinclair in the Apple House
Carol Sinclair in the Apple House
Carol Sinclair, a new artist to Caol Ruadh this year, has transformed the wee apple house this year!
 
10th April 2015
Visitors from Australia
Visitors from Australia
We had lovely visit from Fiona and Emily McCleod from Melbourne, Australia! Fiona wrote to us and asked to visit as her daughter Emily is studying Sculpture. Even though we are not open yet they had a really interesting time watching Lorna and Carol installing their work, and Emily also loved Zac's work which is still standing!
 
9th April 2015
Lorna Fraser installation
Lorna Fraser installation
Lorna Fraser came to install 'Still' on a very sunny Argyll day!!!
it looks amazing !
 
9th April 2015
Andy Scott's Bigman goes home!
Andy Scott's Bigman goes home!
We are sad to say goodbye to Andy Scott's Bigman. Thank you to Scottish Canals and Andy Scott for the loan of this wonderful piece of work.
 
3rd March 2015
What a weekend!
What a weekend!
Karen & I had a fantastic time at Parallax Art Fair promoting the sculpture park. Thank you to all the people who stopped and chatted to us and also a huge thank you to Angela and Lizziemob who helped us over the weekend. We shared our space with Allen and Emily and their beautiful ceramics and Amy and Andrew exhibiting her thought provoking textile designs. It was great pleasure meeting you all.

 
24th February 2015
 
Parallax Art Fair Chelsea Town Hall
Karen & I will be promoting the Sculpture Park this coming weekend at the Parallax Art Fair in Chelsea Town Hall.
28th Feb - 1st March. 11am - 5 pm
We will post some pictures of us at the event!
We are now starting to get ready to install new work in the park for this years new, very exciting exhibition!!!
 
11th October 2014
 
Country homes and interiors article
We are in Country Homes and Interiors November issue, 5 page article! It is a really lovely article and some fabulous photos of the park and sculptures and Karen And myself who tend to shy from the camera!!!
 
14th September 2014
Last Day
Last Day
Today is the last day of the Connections Exhibition. We would like to thank everyone who came to visit us this summer and hope that you will come back next year to see our new exhibition with many new artists!
Karen & I would also like to say a big thank to Morgan Russell, our placement student this summer for all her hard work and enthusiasm, Eleanor McLaughlin and Sybel for their constancy and Alan Peters for all the wonderful cakes! Also thanks to James, Gregor and David.
We would also like to thank all the wonderful artists this year for making this exhibition so special!
 
14th September 2014
Mystery Bouquet
Mystery Bouquet
We would also like to thank a mystery person for leaving us a beautiful autumn bouquet. What a beautiful way to close the season!
 
14th September 2014
Grand Draw Winners!
Grand Draw Winners!
The Grand Draw took place today for the winner of an overnight stay at the Colintraive Hotel, very generously donated by the owner Patricia Watts.
The Winners are Drew and Carol Storrer of Linlithgow
(We will contact you shortly)
 
9th September 2014
Bellis Perennis SOLD!
Bellis Perennis SOLD!
Val Ferguson's fantastic Steel Bellis Perennis has been sold.
Val’s metalwork is often spontaneous and organic in form, believing in impressing on steel a delicacy that belies its inherent strength.
 
5th September 2014
Tito sings to the Seals
Tito sings to the Seals
We are enjoying a beautiful sunny autumn at Caol Ruadh. Little Tito has found some time to chill out and sing to the seals! We will be closing for the season on September 14th so please come and enjoy the new dimension autumn has given to the sculptures!
 
11th August 2014
Zac is back!
Zac is back!
Our lovely "Stone Whisper" Zac returned despite the rain and midges to create something very special in the glade.
 
5th August 2014
Sunshine and sales!
Sunshine and sales!
The beautiful sunshine brought many people to the Sculpture Park on Sunday and gave us some sales!
We sold Illona Morrice's gracefully retiring "Disconnected Lady", Robbie Baird's "Bigman" painting and one of Lorna Fraser's exquisite porcelain seedlings in a pot.
 
29th July 2014
Memories of Caol Ruadh
Memories of Caol Ruadh
We are hoping to write a book about Caol Ruadh. The house has had an unusual history, including 60 years as a school owned by the Glasgow Corporation. If you have any information or experiences you would like to share with us please write to us via our website or facebook.
Thank you
 
27th July 2014
The invasion of the "Brick People!"
The invasion of the "Brick People!"
We always love to find new sculptures on the beach made from the flotsam and jetsam brought up by the tide.
We may soon have our very own terracotta army!
 
26th July 2014
Look who is watching you!
Look who is watching you!
When you come to visit us you may get the feeling youare being watched on the beach! There is a very healthy herd of seals on the The Burnt Islands. They are very inquisitive and apparently if you sing to them they will come closer!
 
25th July 2014
 Fish Pond Sold
Fish Pond Sold
We also sold Illona Morrice's "Fish Pond" during the Scottish Open Gardens weekend.
 
24th July 2014
18 East Gallery, Bute
18 East Gallery, Bute
The pop up gallery, 18 East Gallery, from Bute is looking fantastic in the Boat House. These two thought provoking pictures are by Joe Burke.
"Earth, land and sea" (one and two)
 
24th July 2014
Robbie and the Bigman!
Robbie and the Bigman!
On Saturday Robbie Baird painted his impression of Andy Scott's "Bigman". This fabulous painting is now for sale in the Hall Gallery.
There are also smaller canvases for sale depicting keyhole images of many of the sculptures in the park.
 
21st July 2014
Great Open Gardens Weekend!!
Great Open Gardens Weekend!!
We would like to thank everyone that came to support the Scotland Open Gardens this weekend, we raised £270 for our chosen charity, Joe Burke Prostate Cancer Fund.
We would also like to say a huge thank you to our volunteers Sybel, Eleanor and Morgan and a special mention and thank you to Alan Peters for his amazing cakes!!!
 
19th July 2014
Scotland's Open Gardens Weekend
Scotland's Open Gardens Weekend
This weekend 19th-20th July we are hosting Scotland's Gardens. 2-5pm £6 admission Tea and Cakes included
A pop up exhibition from 18 East Gallery from Bute will be in the Boathouse
Local Artist Robbie Baird's Lewis Carroll inspired exhibition.
"Through the Sculpture Park and what Robbie found there" will be in the Reception Gallery.
 
14th July 2014
 
National Scottish Open Gardens at Colintraive’s Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park
http://forargyll.com/2014/07/national-scottish-open-gardens-at-colintraives-caol-ruadh-sculpture-park/
Lynda Henderson has written an inspiring article about us, don't forget we are hosting Scottish open gardens this coming weekend!
 
14th July 2014
New Flag on Road!
New Flag on Road!
We now have a new flag on the road to help you find us! Take the second turning for the Coastal Road B866 (brown sign). You should see this flag, Tito may or may not be there to greet you!!!
 
11th July 2014
Connections Exhibition 2014 Catalogue
Connections Exhibition 2014 Catalogue
Our Connections Exhibition 2014 Catalogue will be on sale 19th July, price £8.
This year we asked Morgan Russell to design the catalogue. Morgan, who is studying Sculpture and Environmental Art at GSA, is helping us all summer and is simply invaluable!
 
11th July 2014
Freedom!
Freedom!
This amazing photo was taken by Karen of the swallows that hatched above the main front door of the house and have now fledged. They have aptly chosen Kirsty Brady's stained glass bird "Freedom" for their first port of call!
 
8th July 2014
Scottish Open Gardens
Scottish Open Gardens
Just a quick reminder that we will be hosting Scottish Open Gardens on 19th-20th July. Admission £6, 2-6pm includes tea and cake.
Pop up exhibition by 18 East Gallery from Bute and local artist Robbie Baird in the Boathouse.
 
1st July 2014
Conkers!!!
Conkers!!!
This week we sold one of the very large conkers!
The conkers are made by artist Susan Nuttgens and these can also be made to order with a personal message. The glaze that Susan has achieved on these conkers is absolutley amazing and are a very popular exhibit.
 
30th June 2014
Walking Tours every Sunday
Walking Tours every Sunday
Every Sunday at 2pm visitors can walk around the sculpture park with Karen, owner and curator. Karen will make sure you don't miss any of the sculptures in the garden and give you information about each sculptor and the inspiration behind their wonderful sculptures!
 
17th June 2014
Family Fun this Summer!
Family Fun this Summer!
We have various workshops in the Boat House this summer. Please look at What's On for details.
Karen & I think Tito is looking more and more like Yoda!
 
9th June 2014
Installing the "Bigman"!
Installing the "Bigman"!
Andy Scott's "Bigman" was quite a straightforward installation, we did however have some help!
 
5th June 2014
The "Stone Whisperer" !!!
The "Stone Whisperer" !!!
This year we were approached by an amazing man, Zak Fraser-McNeil. He asked us if it was OK if he balanced a few stones and made a few spontaneous stone moments around the garden. The permanence of his installations is determined by the forces of nature so he has been coming now and then to build new things as others crumble away! We have called him the "Stone Whisperer" as he has a way of balancing stones that is utterly incredible...come and see for yourself!
 
5th June 2014
Kirsty Brady's "Freedom Flight"
Kirsty Brady's "Freedom Flight"
All the hard work was worth it as her beautiful birds look wonderful in the Gunnera Pond. The reflections are amazing!
 
5th June 2014
Looking back!
Looking back!
Now that all our wonderful artists' work is installed we thought it might be interesting to look back at some of the fun we had installing the work. Kirsty Brady's beautiful Stained glass birds were quite a challenge but it did mean I was back in my favourite place...in the pond in waders!
 
12th May 2014
First Sale of the Season!
First Sale of the Season!
We opened to the public on Sunday 12th May and despite the rain we had quite a few visitors. We even had our first sale "Wall Seedlings" by Lorna Fraser!
Lorna Fraser makes exquisite porcelain sculptures, they can be found in the walled rose garden and in the old blue apple house.

 
10th May 2014
Super helpers
Super helpers
We have had a fantastic team of helpers, Sybel and Morgan, Amanda, Jim, Allun, Gregor and Colin. Many thanks for all the hard work and endless enthusiasm and support!
 
10th May 2014
Bigman's Holiday
Bigman's Holiday
We would also like to thank Scottish Canals, in particular Richard Millar and of course Andy Scott, for the loan of Andy Scott's maquette Maryhill Bigman.
We think he will enjoy his summer holiday at Caol Ruadh!
 
10th May 2014
Preview of Connections Exhibition 2014
Preview of Connections Exhibition 2014
Karen and I would like everyone that came to the Preview of our Connections Exhibition! The weather and midges (lack of!) were very kind to us. We had a great day and all the hard work was worth it, we are now officially open until September 14th.
 
25th April 2014
Nigel Ross's sculptural benches
Nigel Ross's sculptural benches
Nigel Ross is exhibiting with us for the first time this year and has made us two amazing 16ft benches, each carved from a single piece of wood! Our new tractor has come in very handy with installations this year !
 
22nd April 2014
What Time is it?
What Time is it?
If you need to know the time as you wander about the park this year, seek out Alastair Hunter's unusual sundial!
 
22nd April 2014
Chris Muirhead
Chris Muirhead
Chris Muirhead from Edinburgh Sculpture Studios is exhibiting with us for first time this year. He and Angela had a beautiful day to install his work
 
22nd April 2014
Guy Elder Welcome Back!
Guy Elder Welcome Back!
We are so pleased that Guy Elder has returned this year with a fantastic new piece of work, don't want to give too much away so here he is installing it!
 
20th April 2014
Warmth and sunshine effect
Warmth and sunshine effect
The sun and warm has done wonders to the garden!
Th giant Gunnera starts to wake up!
 
20th April 2014
Blue Skies in Argyll
Blue Skies in Argyll
After a rather wet and windy winter it was lovely to see the return of the ridiculously blue Argyll skies, relected here in the Gunnera pond.
 
19th April 2014
Tim Pomeroy returns!
Tim Pomeroy returns!
Tim Pomeroy is back with us again this year from the Isle of Aran. We have two new stunning sculptures from him! Both his pieces reflect the "connections" theme we gave the artists this year.
 
18th April 2014
A welcome helper!
A welcome helper!
We recently had a student from GSA helping us with the installation of new sculptures and also helping getting with the big task of getting the park looking good. Thank you so much Morgan! She was also a huge success with Karen's dogs!

 
15th April 2014
Botanical sculptures for the Gravel Garden
Botanical sculptures for the Gravel Garden
Val Ferguson's botanically themed sculptures are a welcome additin to the gravel garden.
 
12th April 2014
A Family Installation!
A Family Installation!
Craig Stuart Thomson our Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park winner 2013 installed his first outdoor sculpture overlooking the Kyles. It was certainly a family affair and Bo was in on the action too!
 
12th April 2014
Seedlings!
Seedlings!
The ever cheerful and smilely, Lorna Fraser came to install her exquiste porcelain seedlings into a mossy wall in the Rose Garden.
 
11th April 2014
'Tobias and the Angel'
'Tobias and the Angel'
Melanie Chmielewska's sandstone sculpture was inspired by the story of 'Tobias and the Angel'.
 
10th April 2014
Andy McClintock and Bill Williamson
Andy McClintock and Bill Williamson
Andy and Bill popped into see us, Andy will be exhibiting again with us this year and we hope to create a rather spooky installation! They are going to help us this year with the local school workshops we hold during the summer.
Always great to see you two!
 
31st March 2014
Fiona Maher in the rose garden
Fiona Maher in the rose garden
Fiona installed her beautiful stone sculptures, "Fae and Spae" in the Rose Garden.
 
30th March 2014
Karen helps Fiona Maher with her installation
Karen helps Fiona Maher with her installation
Fiona Maher also came to install her sculptures this weekend. She brought two very different styles of sculpture. These sculptures are made from tyres and she will hopefully be making these in a summer workshop with local school children.
 
29th March 2014
sculptures begin to arrive at Caol Ruadh
sculptures begin to arrive at Caol Ruadh
Hans Clausen and friend Ben came this weekend to install his thought provoking sculpture "We might find everything".
 
27th March 2014
Rebuilding dry stone wall
Rebuilding dry stone wall
All the beautiful dry stone walls within the grounds of Caol Ruadh have been skilfully built over the years by Jim Gilfillan.
Jim had to rebuild this wall in the rose garden last week, what a lovely job, a sculpture in itself!
 
24th March 2014
Boat House Workshops
Boat House Workshops
This summer the red brick Boathouse with stunning views of the Kyles of Bute will be used for workshops.
We already have workshops with Dugald Macinnes (Slate Mosaics) and Susheila Jamieson ( Stone Carving)
See our What's On page for details.
 
21st February 2014
Andrea Geile Visit
Andrea Geile Visit
Andrea Geile came to pick up her beautiful corten steel sculpture "Level the Field". Andrea is very busy here and abroad this year but she may pop something to us later this year!
 
20th February 2014
Landscape Project Slate River
Landscape Project Slate River
Karen & I decided the Slate River area should have a new look. It has provided a fantastic area in the past for both Illona Morrice and Fanny Lam Christie's work but we felt the area needed a new look this year. We are great believers in recycling so we have used the slate to create an interesting new structure in the bank. This is still work in progress!
 
19th February 2014
Landscape Projects
Landscape Projects
Karen & I also look at the areas within the park to see if they can be changed. Sometimes nature does this for us and sometimes our skills as Landscape Architects step in!
The strong storms over the winter have brought down many trees in the park and in one area this has created a fantastic new exhibition space!
 
18th February 2014
New artists for 2014
New artists for 2014
Karen and I have been busy since the Sculpture Park closed last September. We have lots of new artists and some returning artists for this years exhibition. We gave all artists the theme "Connections".
We went to Tarbet to visit two new artists Kirsty Brady and Craig Thomson.
 
17th February 2014
Hellebores in Bloom
Hellebores in Bloom
The stunning show of Hellebores in the walled garden at Caol Ruadh always marks the beginning of spring and planning the new exhibition for 2014!
 
2nd January 2014
New Year Tides
New Year Tides
Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park started the year with an incredible high tide! Helen Denerley's magnificent Marine Iguana would have been completely submerged!!!
 
23rd December 2013
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Karen & I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We hope that you will visit us in 2014 to view our exciting new collection of sculptures and installations.
 
16th September 2013
Caol Ruadh Closed
Caol Ruadh Closed
We are now closed until May 2014 when will will reopen with a new exhibition for you all to enjoy!
We hope that everyone enjoyed the Maritime Exhibition this year.
Thank you all for coming we hope to see you next year!
A final goodbye from Bo who seemed to be very popular with our visitors this summer!!!
 
22nd August 2013
Hammock with a view
Hammock with a view
Karen' boys have put up a hammock to take in the panoramic views of the Kyles !!!
 
22nd August 2013
Crocodiles in the marshes!
Crocodiles in the marshes!
The Gunnera pond is looking very wild and a perfect setting for Helen Denerley's two wonderful crocodiles!
 
6th August 2013
New look for reception hut
New look for reception hut
Our new reception hut now looks amazing!
 
6th August 2013
Useful Directions to find us
Useful Directions to find us
We know we are fairly hard to find so please look out for this sign, turn right down coastal road, bear right and you will come to a red brick entrance in about half a mile. I hope this makes things easier!
 
30th July 2013
Hestia
Hestia
We are so pleased that another piece of Mies Murphy-Steegers has been sold. Hestia
 
29th July 2013
New Reception Hut!
New Reception Hut!
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new reception hut!
 
27th July 2013
Lorna Fraser
Lorna Fraser
Another piece of Lorna Fraser's exquisite porcelain creations has sold! Her work can be seen in the Rose Garden.
 
10th July 2013
Homes & Interiors Scotland
Homes & Interiors Scotland
We are very excited to be in Homes & Interiors Scotland July/ August issue Article by Jan Patience and photos by Derek Prescott
 
1st July 2013
Fife Regatta
Fife Regatta
We had a wonderful day watching the magnificent Fife Boats sail through the Kyles and alot of people joined us for coffee and croissants too!
 
16th June 2013
Oh Please, PLEASE, just throw me the stick!
Oh Please, PLEASE, just throw me the stick!
For those of you that have met Bo, Karen's lovely springer, you will know how much he likes to fetch!!! Unfortunately Illona's little Swimmer is more interested in the Kyles!
 
8th June 2013
Illona sells again
Illona sells again
Illona Morrice's work doesn't stay with us for very long! The Blue Jumping Fish and another Swimmer sold this weekend!
 
2nd June 2013
New Sculpture from Mies Murphy-Steegers
New Sculpture from Mies Murphy-Steegers
Mies has brought us a fabulous new sculpture called "Hestia"
 
25th May 2013
Another Sale!
Another Sale!
We also sold 3 pieces of Dugald MacInnes 'of Hunters and Gatherers' which were situated in the woodland.
 
25th May 2013
sculptures sold
sculptures sold
We are so pleased to have sold Mies Murphy-Steegers sculpture, Kotytto this weekend
 
25th May 2013
Fantastic Photo!
Fantastic Photo!
We had to share this fantastic photo taken by Karen's son James.
 
18th May 2013
Scottish Open Gardens Weekend
Scottish Open Gardens Weekend
Many thanks to all the people that visited us during the Scottish Open Gardens weekend. We were part of the Colintraive Gardens, with Caroline Sinclair's lovely garden also open to the public. All proceeds went to the SOG charity and between us we raised £310!
 
17th May 2013
Octopus workshop with Toward School
Octopus workshop with Toward School


Today Cathleen Russell (headmistress) brought 31 children from Toward School for the second day of Emma’s workshop and another glorious sunny day!! Andy McClintock a local Artist exhibiting with us showed the children his marvellous historical sculpture, ‘A Celtic Crossing’ depicting the Picts and the Celts. He even entertained the children by sailing a little coracle he had made! The children continued to help Emma make the magnificent willow octopus and by the end of the day the results were amazing! We hope both schools enjoyed the Sculpture Park.

 
16th May 2013
Beach Mermaid Kilmodan School
Beach Mermaid Kilmodan School
Today Joyce Hawkins (headmistress) brought 21 children from Kilmodan School for a sculpture workshop. Environmental artist Emma Herman-Smith designed an amazing project to make a huge willow octopus with the children. The children enjoyed a day, exploring around the sculpture park, rock pooling, making beach sculptures and of course helping Emma create the huge willow octopus.

 
4th May 2013
Opening of Maritime Exhibition 2013
Opening of Maritime Exhibition 2013
Karen & I hope that everyone enjoys the Maritime Exhibition as it is very different from last year especially the range of scale from Lornas’s tiny porcelain wall lichen sculptures to Helen Denerley’s impressive scrap metal creatures! We had a great turn out despite the weather, thank you all for coming! Well we are now officially open and we hope that you will all enjoy what we have created this year. We would also like to thank all the artists for exhibiting with us, all the wonderful helpers on the day and Colintraive Hotel for the delicious food.
Great news we sold 5 pieces of sculpture at the opening; Illona Morrice Swimmer Shona Fraser Paddler
Shona Fraser Textured Pod
Susam Nuttgens Conker ( Commission)
Lorna Fraser Spiky Form
Thank you Derek Prescott for managing to get a photo of us!
 
1st May 2013
Interesting day installing Helen's sculptures!
Interesting day installing Helen's sculptures!
Luckily the weather kind to us today, but we had to work with the tides to get Helen’s Marine Iguana out onto a very slippery Pulpit Rock and any welding done before the tides came in.
Next the 8ft camel was installed, a daunting installation as the camel has to travel upright at all times due to centre of gravity being high. With the use of the trusty Massey Ferguson we managed to get the 'Ship of the Desert' installed on the foreshore. The Alligators, with the help of Colin and Willie, crept into the pond and the leopard found a suitable place to pounce above the pond.
 
30th April 2013
Helen Denerley 'Creatures that arrive in the night!'
Helen Denerley 'Creatures that arrive in the night!'
BIG DAY!!! Helen Denerley sculptures finally coming to us, the previous date was cancelled due to snow!! All the sculptures finally arrived safe and sound about 10pm, thanks to driver, Graham. We had a team of strong men, Colin, Fraser, Willie and friend, to help us unload these amazing creatures all made from scrap metal. Many thanks to you all!
 
28th April 2013
Shona Leitch
Shona Leitch
Shona Leitch and her brother Alastair arrived laden with Shona’s sculptures. Shona is using a new technique for these sculptures called Lime Mortar and is working on a new bigger scale. All the sculptures were inspired by her recent residency in Sri Lankan and are all named after places in Sri Lanka.
The collection of organic sculptures look stunning emerging from the moss covered rock forms which cascade down the hill.
 
8th April 2013
Frances Sutton Mosaic
Frances Sutton Mosaic
Frances Sutton's husband seen here installing her beautiful mosaic 'Lunar Tides' near the gunnera pond.
 
7th April 2013
Paul Stallan - Work in progress!
Paul Stallan - Work in progress!
Paul Stallan, better known for his involvement with the Commonwealth games Athlete Village at Dalmamock, is having fun with junk and has found the boat house a perfect backdrop for his ongoing creation, watch this space!
 
6th April 2013
What's Lorna Fraser doing in the Rose Garden
What's Lorna Fraser doing in the Rose Garden
Lorna Fraser is exhibiting with us for the first time this year. Her exquisite white porcelain sculptures have found a natural home in the beautiful walled Rose Garden.
 
19th March 2013
"A Celtic Crossing" Andy McClintock
"A Celtic Crossing" Andy McClintock
Andy McClintock has embraced the Maritime theme creating his version of a currach. Pictured here as we worked out a few technical problems with a tree stump!
His installation refers to St. Columba crossing in his currach from Ireland to Argyll and the Iland of Iona in 653AD to begin his mission to the Picts. As usual Andy's work has many playful and colourful elements to enjoy.
 
19th March 2013
Illona Morrice Returns!
Illona Morrice Returns!
We are very pleased that Illona Morrice has returned to exhibit at Caol Ruadh. Her work was very popular last year This year her exciting new work is all related to the sea and she has experimented with different glazes and colours.
Seek out "The Swimmer"!
 
18th March 2013
Springing back into action!
Springing back into action!
Spring has arrived at last at Caol Ruadh. The garden is beginning to wake up, with daffodils emerging all over the place and a fantastic show of hellebores in the walled garden. Karen and I have started to install some new work for this years exciting Maritime Exhibition. We have some returning artists and alot of new ones which we hope you will all enjoy!
 
12th October 2012
Derek Prescott ARPS video of the park
Derek Prescott ARPS video of the park
I met Derek Prescott during the Cowal Open Studio Weekend, he was busy taking pictures of all the open studios, but he enjoyed his visit with us so much he made a wonderful video presentation.
Many thanks to Derek for doing this and I hope that you all enjoy it!

" Caol Ruadh- The Scottish Sculpture Park"
By Derek Prescott ARPS

http://vimeo.c//50542587
 
22nd September 2012
Kevin's Houses on the Beach have visitors!
Kevin's Houses on the Beach have visitors!
Karen & I have noticed that Kevin Dagg's houses on the beach have been colonised by barnacles! The little village on the beach was very popular with all our visitors this weekend.
 
20th September 2012
Cowal Open Studios Weekend
Cowal Open Studios Weekend
We have just had a very sunny, albeit nippy weekend for the Cowal Open Studios Weekend. More than 100 people visited us this weekend.


We were also pleased that 3 of Rob Mulholland's small mirrored figures have sold this weekend too!
 
15th September 2012
Best Of The West Festival
Best Of The West Festival
Karen, Andrew and Illona had a great weekend at the Best of West Festival in the grounds of Inveraray Castle.
Illona exhibited her new sculpture Straight Hair.
 
3rd September 2012
Update on Sculpture Sales
Update on Sculpture Sales
We are very pleased that work is continuing to be sold throughout the summer. We have now sold pieces of work by Andy McClintock, Dugald MacInnes and Illona Morrice.

Rob Mulholland has also given us some smaller mirrored figures to sell in the Boat House.

 
22nd August 2012
Slate River
Slate River
The Slate River has now become a popular area with our visitors. The grass and plants have matured nicely over the summer.
 
17th August 2012
Small Sculptures in the Boat House
Small Sculptures in the Boat House
We decided it would be interesting to change the look of the gallery in the boat house for a short period.
The new exhibition 'Briathrachan Beag' means small Sculptures.
Two new artists are exhibiting in the Boat House,
Mies Murphy Steegers and Fanny Lam Christie.
 
16th August 2012
Glasgow School of Art Student
Glasgow School of Art Student
Karen & I are very keen to encourage new artists. Jen Martin from GSA is going to do a small project related to some aspect of the sculptures in the park.
 
15th August 2012
St Hilda arrival by boat
St Hilda arrival by boat
We would like to thank Michael from the St Hilda for bringing us some visitors by boat.
 
14th August 2012
Heartwood Artists at Cambo House
Heartwood Artists at Cambo House
Karen & I travelled to Blairgowrie to visit Fanny Lam Christie's studio and then onto Cambo House,Kingsbarns to see more of her stunning work and view the Heartwood Artists' exhibition in the Old Stables.
We are pictured with Fanny in front of her sculpture 'New Leaf'
 
2nd August 2012
Emma Flies!
Emma Flies!
Here is Emma flying over the house!
 
1st August 2012
Emma Fly Over
Emma Fly Over
Emma Herman-Smith returned to Caol Ruadh in a Micro-Lite! She sent us this amazing photo of her work from the air
 
29th July 2012
Boat House Exhibition
Boat House Exhibition
Freda Waldapfel was exhibiting her vibrant work in the Boat House
(Tighnabruaich Gallery) this weekend. She filled the Boat House with beautiful flowers from her garden.
Her work will be exhibited through the week and she will be artist in residence throughout August.
 
28th July 2012
Scottish Open Gardens Weekend
Scottish Open Gardens Weekend
This weekend was the Scottish Open Gardens Weekend. We provided afternoon tea for all visitors (entrance donation to charity). Karen's son David baked us some wonderful cakes for the occasion! We would like to say a big thank you to our new volunteer Eleanor McLaughlin who did a fantastic job helping us serve teas to the constant stream of visitors. We raised £380 for the charity.

The topping on the cake, so to speak! was that we sold two more pieces of Illona's work, 'The Mermaid' and 'The Home Coming', both of which are going to good homes!
 
25th July 2012
Arrival of new sculptures
Arrival of new sculptures
Illona Morrice returned to Caol Ruadh with four new pieces of Stoneware for us to exhibit.
Mermaid
The Home Coming, A group of Shetland sheep returning home by boat after summer island grazing!
Black Poppies
The Whale
All the new pieces look stunning in the garden.
It was fantastic to see Illona again and pleased we have been able to sell so much of her work. We look forward to her return!
 
17th July 2012
New Sculpture from Andrea Geile
New Sculpture from Andrea Geile
Andrea Geile came back to Caol Ruadh with more pieces of her work.
'Tumbling' a fabulous corten steel collage of swirling leaves and some more Petalostia gigantea so we can now sell these separately or in groups.
 
14th July 2012
Park update
Park update
Over the past couple of weeks the number of people visiting Caol Ruadh is gradually increasing despite the weather! We have had some wonderful feedback and everyone that has visited has enjoyed the sculpture trail through the spectacular gardens.
We have also sold two more pieces of Illona Morrice's work,'Seaweed' and 'Big Laura'. Illona has now promised to bring us some new pieces very shortly.
 
24th June 2012
Great sales at the opening!
Great sales at the opening!
The opening was a great success yesterday with the added bonus of three sales, Tom Allan's 'Heart of Stone' and two pieces by Illona Morrice, 'The Sleeper' and 'Boat'.
 
23rd June 2012
Caol Ruadh Opening Day
Opening of the Scottish Sculpture Park Caol Ruadh

Well the big day! All sculptures and installations look fantastic and the garden is looking stunning too. Mike Russell SMP officially opened the park.
About 150 people came to the opening, greeted by a piper, Mark Garner and even the Waverley put in an appearance!
Karen & I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that has helped us over the past few months to make this happen.
We hope everyone enjoys the sculpture park and follows our progress throughout the summer.
Enjoy the video on the shore with Rob Mulholland's evocative sculptures in the background.
 
21st June 2012
Slate River
Slate River
Illona Morrice's sculptures, Brendan Voyage and Boat set sail on the shimmering slate river
 
10th June 2012
Koru installed
Koru installed
Tom Allan's Koru sculpture now safely installed in the pond
 
9th June 2012
Pond Plinths, James walks on water!
Pond Plinths, James walks on water!
A couple of sculptures were going to be exhibited in the pond, which was not an easy task. Tom and James, Karen's son had the difficult task of building the plinths which could take the weight of Tom Allan's marble Koru.
 
18th May 2012
Slate River
Slate River
Once all the slates had been carefully placed onto the liner, the grass turf had to be laid. This was not helped by the clouds of midges !
The slate river was beginning to take shape.
 
17th May 2012
Tread Lightly
Tread Lightly
Emma Herman-Smith's installation was originally going to be 4 huge footprints burnt into the ground representing our carbon footprint. Unfortunately the reeds and coarse grass meant that each footprint had to dug out!
Luckily Emma got some help from Karen, Sally, James, Gregor, David and Tom!


 
16th May 2012
The evolution of the canopus
The evolution of the canopus
Karen returned to Caol Ruadh about a week later to continue work on the canopus and help Emma Herman-Smith install Tread Lightly.
We had decided to use some reclaimed slate instead of water in the canopus. Karen found that the slate changed the shape of the canopus. and evolved into a beautiful curved slate river.
 
5th May 2012
Chaise Longue
Chaise Longue
The Chaise Longue with fabulous views over the Kyles!
 
5th May 2012
Guy Elder's Chaise Longue
Guy Elder's Chaise Longue
We had a brief break away from the canopus due to the arrival of Guy Elder with his magnificent oak Chaise Longue. We used the digger to lift this one tonne piece carefully into position .
 
5th May 2012
Karen's Canopus
Karen's Canopus
The initial stage was careful planning of the length, breadth and orientation of the canopus with relation to the house. This marked out we hired a digger beautifully driven by Jimmy. He had to first remove the many tree stumps and then start to dig out the canal. Karen’s Canopus was to measure 15m x 2.75m x 0.5m. After a very long day the excavation of the canopus was basically done.
 
5th May 2012
Karen's Canopus
Karen's Canopus
Over on the other side of the garden Karen was beginning a project which she has wanted to do for many years, create a ‘canopus’ based on the canopus at Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, Italy. A canopus is a valley with a long pond surrounded by a colonnade. It was originally designed to recall the Canopus canal which ia an arm of the River Nile between Alexandria and Abukir
 
5th May 2012
Gunnera Pond
Gunnera Pond
The Gunnera Pond now looks much better and is ready for the sculptures to be installed.
 
4th May 2012
Pond Plinths
Pond Plinths
The 'Gunnera Pond' was the next project which was completely overgrown and covered with pond weed. Full waders and a small boat enabled me to carefully remove the pond debris.The pond is quite deep in parts so luckily I had Tito as my lifeguard!

All the pond debris was carefully piled up on the small jetty and any pond life was allowed to return back to the pond!

The central Acer island had to be cleared of weeds and alot of bullrushes and grasses were removed where the burn enters the pond. These two areas will both house sculptures.


 
3rd May 2012
Glorious gabion!
Glorious gabion!
The wood was carefully placed in layers around the edge and gradually the hardcore was placed behind. This was a slow process, abit like a huge jigsaw.
We were very proud of our first gabion!
 
2nd May 2012
Gabion construction
Gabion construction
With the use of the trusty Massey Ferguson tractor and trailer we piled up almost 2 tonnes of hardcore for the interior and the cut tree segments for the outer edge.
The gabion sides have to be initially wired together very firmly except for the lid and cross wired within the interior for extra support.
 
1st May 2012
Plinths
Plinths
We now have a list of all the sculptures that the various sculptors are exhibiting with us, now all we have to do is create or build plinths to house them. Karen & I spent a week in the gardens with a series of projects we wanted to do.
Firstly we needed to build a gabion
A gabion is a 1m wire mesh box which is usually filled with rocks and is used for retaining walls. We wanted to build one as a plinth. The heavy storms during the winter brought down many trees at Caol Ruadh so we thought it would be a great idea to use one of the trees, cut into 2 inch segments as an outer lining for the gabion. The added surprise was that the tree we cut up had an amazing inner core.
 
23rd April 2012
Welcome to the Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park blog
Welcome to the Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park blog
Karen Scotland and I (Anne Edmonds) have nurtured the idea of a sculpture park in the stunning grounds of Caol Ruadh for a number of years.

So with the concept ’if you build it, they will come’ (from the movie Field of Dreams) we set about looking for sculptors and installation artists all over Scotland that produced work we felt could cope with an outdoor environment.

The first installed piece of art was by Andrea Geile which was a very exciting moment for us!

The park is due to open to the public late June, details of which will be on the website.

Please watch our progress.


 
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