Everything's Rosy With Al Fresco Art

by Cass Art

Summer is drawing ever closer, so it's the season to get out and grab some brilliant opportunities to view al fresco art.

We've compiled a list of some public open spaces both in and around London that are showing the best of outside art. Get out in the fresh air this month and take a look at what these summery shows have to offer.

 Art Antiques London

The capital's parks and gardens surely won't see a better art show than this all summer. It brings together 70 leading International dealers in Kensington Gardens' purpose-built pavilion between 12th-18th June. The pavilion is a jaw-dropping backdrop to this most glamorous of antiques and arts fairs, where discerning buyers can purchase with ease and confidence. The exhibition is open between 11am-7pm, except 15th and 18th June  when it closes an hour earlier. 

Admission is £15 on the door or you can book here.

The Sun @ Berkeley Square

The good news is that The Sun will be out every night this summer and beyond. The even better news is that we're talking about the name of a serious sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The US artist used 1,573 multi-coloured pieces of manually blown glass to construct the mesmeric 5.5-metre (18ft) high structure. You'll be glad to know that The Sun is illuminating the Mayfair square until December.

The Sun, Berkeley Square,

Asian Art in London @ June Pavilion

The 10-day autumnal showcase is staging an earlier exhibition as part of Art Antiques London. It is the first time Asian Art has established its own pavilion at this summer event. More than 20 dealers will showcase a large variety of Asian art, both new and old, including textiles, bronzes, paintings and sculpture from countries such as India, China and Japan. 

The Sculpture Park

This often overlooked gem nestles in the Surrey hills in Churt, Farnham. The Jumps Road venue contains a dazzling array of 600 sculptures from more than 300 artists. Visitors embarking on the two-mile (3.2 km) perimeter path should allow up to two hours to complete their trip. Dogs on a short lead are permitted, so take your furry friends too. One of our favourites is Andrew Sinclair's rhino. The recently landscaped water gardens feature myriad new plants, trees and bulbs in this natural valley containing three lakes, so get back to nature whilst you enjoy the art on offer. Most of the works are for sale and are constantly changing.

Admission is £6 for adults and £3 for everyone else, although children under five go free.

The Cass Sculpture Foundation

Visit the 26 acre grounds for an inspiring stroll through the territories of monumental sculpture at Goodwood Estate, West Sussex. A sculpture park with a difference, The Cass Sculpture Foundation commissions artists to make huge sculptures on a scale they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford, and the turnover is high - a new sculpture moves in when another has been sold. Enjoy the range of ambitious sculpture set into the open spaces of  British landscape and see work that hasn't been seen before.

Admission is £12.50 for adults, £10 for students and concessions, £6.50 for children but those under five go free. 

Frieze, London

We all know that summer comes and goes far too quickly, but there's no need to despair. Autumn welcomes the Frieze London from 15th-18th October. The Regent's Park fair is one of the world's top contemporary art jamborees, so watch this space and make sure you don't miss it. 

Feeling inspired? 

Shop online and stock up on your art supplies so you can get sketching whilst you're outside this summer. Grab the pocket-sized Cass Art Spiral Cartridge Pad A6, and the Pentel Waterbrushes Set of 3 so that you can paint on the move. 

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tell us what you love about outside art.

Image Credits

Dale Chihuly - Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Frieze pic - Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

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