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Folly! Art in the garden

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Folly! Art in the garden


Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
North Yorkshire


Tel: 01765 608888

There’s art in the garden but it’s not paintings, and it’s not in a gallery…The artworks are in the garden and they’re just for fun - we call them follies. Pick up a free map at the entrance gate to explore this years exhibits.

Four striking and surprising new artworks will emerge into the landscape here at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal as part of Trust New Art this spring, recreating the ‘lost follies’ of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

From 28 April – 4 November you can see the third instalment of folly! This year is set to be very different with new outdoor installations appearing on the sites of the garden's lost follies. These colourful outdoor installations have been designed by international artists and architects FleaFolly Architects, Charles Holland Architects and Studio Orta. 

Each artist has each been commissioned to create new experiential installations within the Georgian water gardens. These dramatic works will re-imagine some of the lost follies of the garden revealed by historic drawings and paintings – the whimsical Rotunda, the Bathing House nestled in the hillside and the tent which once stood atop Tent Hill.

Local school children have let their imaginations run riot as part of a competition to create the design for the fourth new folly, as part of a collaboration with the North Yorkshire Society of Architects. The winner is Foster Carter from Catterick Garrison school. Watch out for Foster’s innovative design for a folly, which you’ll find by Studley Royal tea-room.

Opening Times

Folly! Art in the garden trail (28 Apr 2018 - 4 Nov 2018)

* 10am - 4pm, normal admission charges apply. The estate is closed on Friday 2 November.

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