How two artists’ romantic story continues to grow!
Diane and Andrew Sinclair are artists with a vision: A vision that the world should be full of inspiration, art and the beauty of nature. An escape to Burnswood is to find yourself in an artist’s wonderland.
They met at a sculpture studio; he the world-renowned master sculptor and Diane just starting out on her sculpting path. They became friends, then teacher and pupil, Diane becoming Andrew’s muse for a while, followed by romance and partnership in both business and life. They established The Sculpture School in 2010 at Andrew’s previous studio in Buckinghamshire, prior to re-locating to glorious Mid-Devon in 2014 to Burnswood. The best decision of their lives!
Their vision for Burnswood knows no bounds – with 4 acres available to create the place of their dreams, Diane & Andrew have planted 1,500 indigenous trees as the start of their vison for beautiful grounds filled with their sculptures and burgeoning wildlife. Their aim is to create an oasis for wildlife in the midst of agricultural and pastoral farmland, already having added a beautiful rocket hive for wild bees and pollination. Burnswood abounds with 40 different species of birds, including birds of prey like buzzards and falcons, foxes and hedgehogs, plus a prolific rabbit population!
Four years on they had built their spacious Sculpture School studio and gallery, worked on some major public sculpture commissions, whilst attracting new sculpture students from around the world to study sculpture in the heart of rural Devon. Andrew and Diane love what they do and want to share their world of art and nature with the public.
Sharing their vision and space has now developed into a new venture: ‘glamping’ and luxury self-catering accommodation in the form of 2 beautiful shepherd’s huts in the field behind the resident alpacas’ paddock, and a stunning ‘Artist’s Garret’ studio apartment above a barn. These magical spaces will allow other people to share their dream and enjoy the surrounding nature, with a sprinkling of artistic quirkiness and inspirational artworks to view in the gallery and gardens surrounding the studio.
The launch of this project is incredibly exciting after an intense 6-month period of building and development. Plans are afoot to continue with the planting of more trees and shrubs, wildflowers, adding another beehive and a smattering of ponds for wildlife expansion. Not to mention developing the gallery to exhibit more exciting artworks for sale, including that of The Sculpture School’s best graduates.