Bangor Castle's Walled Garden becomes a gallery with over 40 unique sculptures

Throughout June the ForM Sculpture Exhibition allows visitors to explore eclectic artworks around the peaceful grounds, vote for the best and even buy some to bring home

The ForM Sculpture Exhibition opens this Saturday 1 June in Bangor Castle’s Walled Garden. For the whole month of June, the garden will be transformed into an alfresco art gallery when it showcases 42 beautiful sculptures. This event is truly a wonderful opportunity to view these specially created pieces of art, inspired by the garden, whilst enjoying the tranquil surroundings that this beautiful space has to offer. 

This juxtaposition of art and nature offers a unique experience and the whole family will enjoy seeking out sculptures located in the garden’s walkways, plants and flowerbeds. Some of the works are striking and of large scale whilst other smaller works will need to be sought out of the greenery. Pick up a map at the gate and see what you can find!

Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Arts Officer, Patricia Hamilton said, 'This eclectic mix of sculptures, which come in all shapes and sizes, provide a unique garden experience with an added dimension. This is the largest ForM exhibition we have had since its inception in June 2012 and we are pleased that its reputation has grown throughout Ireland and the participating artists have reflected that.'

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The winning sculpture of 2018's ForM Competition, ‘3 Heads Resting’ by Helen Hanse

ForM will remain open until June 30 and is free to visit. Some of the sculptures are available to buy. Visitors can pick up a map and catalogue on arrival and are also invited to vote for their favourite sculpture in the ForM Competition.

To celebrate the exhibition, a series of free art workshops facilitated by local artists will run in the garden during the month of June. For more information and to book a space, go to: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ardsandnorthdown.

Bangor Castle's Walled Garden is open from 10am – 7.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am – 5.30pm at weekends and Bank Holidays.