Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park, opened in 2012 by Karen Scotland and Anne Edmonds, is an outdoor gallery tucked away on the Kyles of Bute on Argyll’s Secret Coast.
It is a unique gallery exhibiting and selling contemporary Scottish sculpture. Our ethos is to promote artwork produced in Scotland. The 20 acre estate, owned by the Scotland family, is a mixture of native woodland, landscaped gardens and natural rugged formations leading down to the beach, all dominated by spectacular views over the Kyles of Bute.
Connections - our theme this year - is influenced by the once in a generation events happening to Scotland - the independence vote, the Commonwealth Games and the Homecoming. These events and the media that surrounds them are most importantly about Scottish people connecting. So we asked artists to interpret this central force in Scotland this summer in their work.
This year we have a number of new artists exhibiting with us, among their number, Andy Scott with his maquette 'Maryhill Bigman' which was commissioned by Scottish Canals and is an ongoing project. Other new artists exhibiting with us are, Kirsty Brady's floating stained glass birds in the pond, Hans Clausen questioning what we choose to discard, Val Ferguson's botanical installations, Alastair Hunter marks precious moments with light, Susheila Jamieson's limestone carvings, Gerry Loose's mown installation, Fiona Maher's limestone heads, Chris Muirhead's vibrant Corten Steel sculptures, Craig Thomson's figurative work, Nigel Ross with his stunning sculptural elm benches and Claudia Wenger's playful Woodland shark installation.
We have a further twelve artists returning to us this year and also for the first time Zak Fraser-McNeil has created some spontaneous stone moments, the permanence of which is determined by the forces of nature.
Please look at our website to see some of the sculptures which you can find in the park.