Art in the outdoors

Terrace treasure sculpture

Rievaulx Terrace has held a number of art exhibitions in years past, and this year we’re proud to host two creative exhibition, each worked from wood and inspired by woodland nature.

Saturday 14 April - Sunday 10 June
Inspired by Nature – Simon Archer

Step into the woods and be at one with nature. Inspired by the simplicity and beauty of the natural world, follow the winding woodland paths to discover imaginative wood carved sculptures.

Simon Archer is a Formby based wood sculptor and chainsaw artist. Based in Formby, he uses traditional wood carving tools along with chainsaws to create unique artworks from dead or fallen wood.

Since graduating with BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1997, he has been working as an environmental artist and chainsaw sculptor across the country, as well as competing at various wood carving events and competitions.

His passion for recycling organic material means that many of Simon’s designs derive from each individual piece of wood, taking inspiration from its shape and form. By following the natural contours and curves of the wood, each sculpture reveals its own character as work processes.

“My influences come from nature, whether I’m carving a tiny animal pendant or chainsaw carving a large tree butt into a sculpture or a seat.”

Woodland Hare
Woodland sculpture by Simon Archer

Saturday 30 June – Sunday 2 September  
Ritual by Neith Art and Sculpture

Rievaulx Terrace is not only an idyllic and peaceful landscape terrace, but the woodland provides an invaluable habitat for an abundance of wildlife. Inspired by the residents that have made this special place their home; this ‘close to nature’ sculpture exhibition will lead you to explore the very beating heart of Rievaulx woodland.

Yorkshire born artists Kim and Rob Neith, are a collaboration of self-taught artists each deeply in tune with nature, which in turn inspires much of their work.  Most of their work is crafted using chainsaws, allowing work to progress quickly and with a real creative flow, however many of the finer details bringing the piece to life, are finished by hand.

“We draw inspiration from working in woodland areas, allowing us to truly connect with our surrounding and see the work take shape in its natural environment.”

Working with a variety of new and ancient wood, brings its own grace and beauty to each piece, with the aim to enhance the wood’s natural qualities. All of the wood is UK grown and sustainably sourced, with a deep desire to use material that would otherwise been discarded as waste product or firewood. This knowledge equally provides much inspiration to the artist as the piece develops.

“The process of discovery that comes with being self-taught is a rich experience that allows an unbridled approach and taps into humanities inbuilt desire to learn through trial, error and play.”

Their work and  reputation has grown to become among the leading wood sculptors in the country.

Spectacular wild birds wood carving by Neath Art and Sculpture
Chainsaw sculpture by Neith art