VISITING AND PARK EVENTS
The Sculpture Park is open to the public for self-guided viewing or curator-guided tours from mid-July to mid-August each year. Exact opening times vary, so please check the website for the current years openings and events. In addition to openings for the general public to view the sculpture, other events and openings are held throughout the year.
Visiting the park
Jeffrey Rubinoff wanted the Park to be a place for the appreciation of non-commodity values of art. As such, there is no charge for admittance, or for tours, concerts, or events. The sculptures are permanently sited. They are not for sale, and cannot be shown in another museum or any other context.
2023 Public openings are 9:30 am to 1:30 pm on the following days:
Tuesday July 4
Thursday July 6
Tuesday July 11
Thursday July 13
Tuesday July 18
Thursday July 20
Tuesday July 25
Thursday July 27
Tuesday August 1 — 12pm Concert – See below for Details
Thursday August 3 — 12pm Concert – See below for Details
Tuesday August 8
Thursday August 10
Masters of Counterpoint Series August 1st and 3rd, 2023
Tuesday August 1 @ 12pm
Edvard Grieg, String Quartet No.1, Op.27
Beethoven String Quartet No. 4 in C minor (Op. 18, No. 4) [ Movements 1 & 2 only]
Thursday August 3 @ 12pm
Dmitri Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Beethoven String Quartet No. 4 in C minor (Op. 18, No. 4) [ Movements 3 & 4 only]
The Borealis String Quartet will perform the selected repertoire to highlight the connection between counterpoint in musical and sculptural form.
Please bring a blanket or folding chairs and enjoy the performance outdoors in our amphitheatre. We encourage visitors to arrive early, reserve a spot, and then peruse the park. We also encourage visitors to bring sunscreen and water, it will be a hot day. Washrooms will not be available during the concert.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a spot on the tour.
July 27, 28, 29, and 30th — 10am – 2:30pm
Multi-channel video art piece five years in the making. Nettie Wild and Scott Smith artistically re-interpret the annual herring spawn and fishery into a kaleidoscopic symphony of form, colour, and tone in counterpoint.
Playing on a 15 minute loop throughout the opening
A section of the sculpture park is open for viewing during Go Fish
Go Fish Artist talk and Reception
Friday July 28 — 7 – 9pm
Why book a curator-led tour?
Jeffrey Rubinoff’s sculptures communicate through an abstract language of gesture, form, rhythm, and movement. For those unfamiliar with viewing abstract sculptural work, a curator-led tour can introduce you to the artist’s aesthetic and philosophical aims, as well as his intellectual context and history. Over the course of an approximately two-hour stroll, you will be given visual and aesthetic-analytical tools to help understand and enjoy the collection more deeply.
The JRSP Audio Guide App
The JRSP Audio Guide App provides several themed tours that visitors can listen to as they walk through the park. These tours discuss the broader themes of the abstract sculpture of Jeffrey Rubinoff.
To download the app:
1. Go to the App Store or Google Play Store and search for “JRSP Audio Guide”.
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mytoursapp.android.app2566
2. Download the app onto your device,
3. Once the app is downloaded, you can download the tour (or tours) of your choice.
4. Hit “Start Tour” at the Information Centre Building and the introduction will play.
5. Begin your visit! The tour will automatically play as you move through the park.
Visiting outside public opening times
With sufficient advance notice and planning, we can open the park for individual viewing or tours outside of regular openings and pre-planned events. Permission is necessary to visit the park outside of regular openings. If you would like to propose an event or an individual tour, please contact us as far in advance as possible.
Can I use the park for an arts event?
If you would like to propose an educational event, conference, course or workshop at the Park, please do get in touch with us. There are several other regularly scheduled events throughout the year, so advance planning is crucial.
Please note that the Sculpture Park is mandated only to host events that engage with the sculpture collection, or with concerns or values expressed by Jeffrey Rubinoff.
If your event is approved, the venue is provided free of charge. No additional funding is available for such events.
We require that all events are free to attend, or by donation for a non-profit or public service cause.
Music in the park
Each year we host two public concerts during our summer opening season called Masters of Counterpoint. All the music performed employs a technique called counterpoint, which Rubinoff used extensively to compose his sculpture. For the past decade, the Borealis String Quartet has been our resident string quartet performing exquisite music by Beethoven, Haydn, Shostakovich, and Schönberg. Click here for more information on the Borealis String Quartet.
2021 Masters of Counterpoint Series August 3rd, 4th and 5th
Each day at 12pm and 1pm Borealis String Quartet will perform selected movements of various Beethoven String Quartets.
• String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4 – Selected Movements
• String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 (Serioso) – Selected Movements
2020 Masters of Counterpoint Concert Series
2019 Masters of Counterpoint Concert Series
Sunday July 21, 2019
Borealis String Quartet concert at 12:00pm
Beethoven, String Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2
Saturday July 27, 2019
Borealis String Quartet concert at 12:00pm
Beethoven, String Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1
Preparing for your visit
The exhibit covers ca. 100 acres. Self-guided visitors should plan a minimum of at least 45 minutes to see the whole park. Curator-led tours take around two hours.
The artist’s studio is open to visitors. However, as per the artist’s wishes, we recommend visiting the studio after seeing the sculptures.
The Hornby bus stops at the Sculpture Park. Please see Hornby Bus for a schedule.
Click here for frequently asked questions
Book a tour
Tours can be booked in advance during most public openings.
+1 778 992 1400
curator [AT] rubinoffsculpturepark.org