Cheeseburn Sculpture becomes a charity and welcomes new Trustees

Northumberland-based sculpture garden and gallery, Cheeseburn has seen steady growth over the fifteen months since its official opening in October 2014. Welcoming over 2,000 visitors during selected open weekends last year and showcasing a range of local and international artists, Cheeseburn Sculpture is fast becoming an innovative addition to the visual arts landscape in the region.

2016 promises to be another exciting year as the organisation announces today it has attained Charitable Status. Joanna Riddell, co-founder of Cheeseburn said “we are entering into a new period in our development. Securing charitable status is a great move forward for us as it will allow us to support more artists alongside our existing Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculpture programme, and build a more comprehensive offering.”

The change in status will see three new trustees join the organisation, with Simon Riddell as the Chair of Trustees. Simon manages the Cheeseburn Estate, is Chairman of two North East based businesses, a non-executive director of a furniture manufacturing company and non-executive director of a youth development charity. His earlier career began as a commissioned officer in the Army, followed by several years at Procter & Gamble before successfully managing various businesses in the north east, culminating in the successful listing of Animalcare Group PLC on the AIM market.

Joining Simon Riddell will be Andrew Festing MBE, and Alick Campbell of Lochnell. Joanna Riddell said, “I am delighted to welcome the new trustees, who bring with them skills and experience that will be invaluable to our growth and development.”

“Our goal is to become the leading destination for sculpture in the North East. We want to inspire and enthuse the public through sculpture exhibitions and artistic projects as well as support sculptors and artists.”

Cheeseburn Sculpture will open for its first weekend of 2016 on Saturday 30th April, 11am – 4pm, and will be open on all three days of the bank holiday weekend.

Visitors are welcome to explore the sculpture and gardens and will receive a map on arrival (or can download a map from the website Admission is free to everyone, though donations to the charity are encouraged and gratefully received.

Home-cooking and refreshments will be available to purchase. Further information can be found at