'Oh wise owl' art trail at Beningbrough

This autumn and winter Beningbrough’s ‘Oh wise owl’ art trail showcases a captivating collection of original sculptures and artwork inspired by the magnificent owls of the British Isles.

Legend and myth

Shrouded in mystery and folklore, the statuesque owl is both revered and feared, polarising beliefs. Inspiring fireside stories of shapeshifters and legend, symbolising protection and wisdom for some cultures, whilst an omen of darkness and witchcraft for others. Throughout the generations the owl’s enduring beauty and prowess has captured the imagination of storytellers and artists alike. 

Here in the British Isles there are five native species of owl, three of which have set-up home on the Beningbrough estate. With tawny owls, little owls and barn owls all residents of the land Beningbrough cares for. As the nights draw in we celebrate this nocturnal beauty with an outdoors air art trail on open days from 21 October 2017 – 25 February 2018.

Hidden in unexpected places

Explore Beningbrough’s gardens and grounds to discover the series of 15 sculptures with an intriguing sound installation. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy award winning artists’ work displayed simply, in harmony with nature. 

With traditional bronze cast sculptures through to wood carvings, creations in felt and sculptures crafted from recycled materials of plane parts and tyres. The variety of materials used along with the artists’ different interpretations of this curious night time dweller is testament to the enduring mystery that follows this majestic creature.

Discover owl sculptures in unexpected places
An metal owl sculpture perched on a tree trunk

Artists exhibiting in the outdoor exhibition 

Claudia Petley & Paul Shepherd, David Cooke, Graham Anderton, Jeni CairnsLindsey PiperMartyn BednarczukSarah Vonthron-LaverSimon GriffithsNatalie BrooksRachel Sedman.

Indoor art exhibition 

There will also be a complementary exhibition in the Hayloft*, with photographic, pen and ink work as well as paintings, skulls and a puppet - certainly worth a visit during those winter weekends.

The exhibition includes 24 artworks by 14 artists and runs during open days from 14 January - 25 February 2018

Artists exhibiting in the indoor exhibition

Gareth Atkinson, Dorien Plaat, Ayse Rifat, Laura Andrew, Mandi Baykaa-Murray, June Bell, Jeffrey Carter, Howard Miller, Sally Bruce-Richards, Sharon Ross, Janice Stubbs, Emma Abel, Irene Firth.

* Please note the Hayloft is accessed by stairs only.

Family owl trail

While enjoying the sculptures on the art trail, from 21 October children can pick up their own owl mask with map from reception and follow the new family owl trail around the gardens. 

Follow the family owl trail around Beningbrough's gardens
Follow the family owl trail around Beningbrough's gardens