|INTRODUCTION TO SHEEPFOLDS
Cumbria County Council’s major countywide sculpture project
created by the internationally acclaimed artist Andy Goldsworthy.
The project began in January 1996 as part of the UK year of Visual
Arts and the building programme continued until its official conclusion
in April 2003 having achieved 46 folds.
Rather than making new Sheepfolds
Goldsworthy committed himself to working with existing folds in
various states of disrepair or in some cases folds which had disappeared
altogether but were clearly indicated on old maps. This enabled
him to connect directly with the farming tradition and history of
Cumbria but, at the same time, as each sheepfold was rebuilt so
he invigorated them with a new energy by incorporating his sculptural
The enthusiasm of individuals, communities and Parish and Town
Councils has played a huge part in the development of Sheepfolds.
A wide range of professional organisations have also been involved
including Cumbria’s six district councils, the North West
Development Agency, the Leader programme, the National Trust,
the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities,
Prism Arts, Cumbria Arts in Education, Newton Rigg College, Cumbria
Public Art, Craven District Council, and the Yorkshire Dales
In 2000 Dick Capel of East Cumbria Countryside Project took over
management of the commissioning and building programme and continues
to provide a curatorial and maintenance role on behalf of Cumbria