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folly! 2018

Outdoor Event

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Studley Park, RIPON, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
folly! 2018

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Outdoor art returns to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal this year for folly! Bigger and bolder than ever, folly! 2018 will celebrate the playful, whimsical style of Studley Royal water garden, and the four designs which will bring fresh colour and curiosity to the landscape in April have been revealed.

What is folly!?

folly! is our family-friendly contemporary art programme, part of Trust New Art, taking place in the water garden of this World Heritage Site.

Since 2015 folly! has celebrated the playful, whimsical style of the Georgian water gardens. From a giant black raven in the Banqueting House to a glittering chandelier depicting the debauchery and excess of 18th century entertaining, folly! is about thought-provoking, unexpected artwork for all. 


From 28 April – 4 November you can see the third instalment of folly! This year is set to be very different with new outdoor installations appearing on the sites of the garden's lost follies.

These colourful outdoor installations have been designed by international artists and architects FleaFolly Architects, Charles Holland Architects and Studio Orta.


Follow the trail or simply happen across these pieces of work as you explore the gardens. Step inside, listen closely for drips and drops from the lost bathing house and discover a wide new perspective on the garden in these creative installations.

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