The Sand House Experience

Exciting plans are being made to build upon the major successes achieved by “Sand House – The Elephant in the Room in 2012. Proposals are in hand to take all the elements of that short-term project, enhance them significantly, incorporate new ideas, and present them in a permanent venue in central Doncaster. 

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The components of the 2102 exhibition will be greatly expanded, to include a replica of some of the Sand House tunnels. Visitors will be able to walk through and admire the remarkable carvings, while learning the story of the Sand House through a range of media. The house’s Long Room will also be evoked in the interior design of the venue. But the most exciting part of the project will be the opportunities that it will give for skills training and education.

Out of all the hugely positive feedback that came from “Sand House – The Elephant in the Room”, some of most enthusiastic comments related to the hands-on sand sculpture sessions. They ranged from a 5-day training course undertaken by local artists, through half-day workshops for school parties, to family taster sessions. Sand sculpture provides a wide range of opportunities to develop artistic, technical, practical and social skills in ways that few other activities can match. It is also great fun and inexpensive.

The proposed Sand House project – current working title ‘The Sand House Experience – will include a permanent sand sculpture studio within the venue. Under the guidance of experienced sand sculptors, groups of trainees of all ages will learn and have fun. Many of the sculptures and carvings that they create will become temporary features of a frequently changing exhibition. Professional sand sculptors will produce work too. Imagine regularly seeing more exhibits of the quality and sheer impact that the ‘Elephant and Mahout’ displayed in 2012.

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