The Cass Sculpture Foundation

Location: Goodwood, West Sussex, PO18 0QP

Visited: August 2017

I had not heard of The Cass Sculpture Foundation in glorious Goodwood even though it is located fairly near to where I live but on the recommendation of a friend I planned a visit. The fabulous foundation was founded in 1992 by Wilfred and Jeannette Cass to support, inspire and enable artists to create works that they may otherwise not have the opportunity to achieve.

As with other sculpture parks I was given a warm welcome and provided with a list to guide me around the beautiful and tranquil 26-acre site and its 50+ contemporary sculptures plus indoor gallery spaces. It was a beautiful sunny Saturday and I was lucky enough to visit the park on a fairly quiet day although this proved to be somewhat eerie on my encounters with some of the pieces – the abandoned car with he spooky tale inscribed on the stone telling the story of a man who having fallen asleep whilst stranded in the park awakens to discover a great deal of time has passed, this was followed by my turning to be faced with slightly sinister figures emerging from the woods!

Some of the pieces were a bit “Marmite” you’ll either love or hate them but the variety was interesting and very different to anything I had seen before. My favourites as usual were the glass pieces which looked glorious in the sunshine and were expertly showcased in the perfect surrounding as were all of the pieces. The displays change as works are sold and new works are added and I was told that the foundation only recently opened to the public and was once only for private sales but they are working towards achieving museum status.

As I was leaving they were setting up lighting in preparation for a musical theatre show that was taking place that night where the audience follow the orchestra and actors around the grounds whilst stories are told, it sounded magical and it most definitely on my list of things to do.

Here are a few of my many pics!

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