Event Type

Call: ForM: Bangor Castle Walled Garden Sculpture Exhibition

Calls for Makers 03-Jun-2017 - 25-Jun-2017

Applications are now open for artists to submit works for consideration for the 2017 ForM Sculpture Exhibition. This outdoor sculpture exhibition takes place in Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Co. Down. Artists are invited to propose site specific works, or pieces inspired by the surroundings. The deadline for submission is Monday 3 April 12noon.

Designed by the Ward family in the 1840s the Walled Garden covers 1.5 acres. It had never been open to the public and was once rumoured to be a secret garden. North Down Borough Council restored the Garden to its original Victorian design and it was opened to the public in April 2009. The southern section of the Garden remains true to its Victorian roots. It is divided into four quadrants - the kitchen garden, the herb and topiary garden, the damp garden and the flower garden. These four areas are separated by avenues of spectacular pleached lime trees and rose covered arches. The northern section of the Garden offers visitor facilities including a small cafe, toilets and grassed area for picnics. The Garden is open to the public from Easter to the end of October each year.

This year the following prizes will be awarded to selected artists voted for by Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Arts and Heritage Advisory Panel:

1st Prize: One week at the Tyrone Guthrie Artist Retreat, Co. Monaghan

2nd Prize: £200 worth of artist materials of your choice

3rd Prize: £100 worth of artist materials of your choice

Submission Forms and an Artist’s Brief can be obtained via the following methods:


Any enquiries should be directed to: arts@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Image: 'Forget me Knot' by Victoria Bentham - 1st place winner from the 2016 ForM Sculpture Exhibition