The title should perhaps read ‘is a Treasure Garden’ since the exhibits are displayed within trees and lawns of the grounds of this part of the West Sussex countryside. I was in Chichester so keen to visit this sculpture park that I heard about many years ago but have never visited.
The park is the brainchild of Wilfred Cass and his wife, Jannette. They believe that younger artists need to establish themselves but the art form is by necessity very expensive. Younger artists need commissions to be able to proceed with the vast expense of buying the materials they need. Here, the Foundation helps. Artists are given the money to create and the space to exhibit, often alongside more famous and established artists. All the work is for sale, that is a fundamental aspect of the scheme. When a work is sold, the profit is used to cover the costs of the materials before being split equally between artist and Foundation. The Foundation part of the profit is used to commission new work.
This means that it would be worth revisiting the park each year knowing there would be new work to see.
I was delighted to see Bill Woodrow represented here. His commission for the fourth plinth, ‘Regardless of History’, is here. I would love to buy it but it is, apparently, the most expensive work currently on show. I saw it when it was on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in London and loved it. Well here it is in the countryside of West Sussex.
The Cass Sculpture Park at Goodwood is in my hinterland. What’s in yours?