As artist-in-residence for Belvoir Castle & Estate I am now majorly in the throes of planning a rural sculpture trail in the Vale of Belvoir on the Lincolnshire / Leicestershire border… (yep, and that’s in addition to creating a bust of a Ducal family member… see earlier post on this blog!)
The Belvoir 3Rs – Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw Sculpture Trail will be created in the context of an “educational and working sculpture symposium” that will take place during the academic Easter break of 2011, between the 12th and 28th of April.
Winding its way along the Grantham Canal, over a small bridge, through fields and back to the edge of the water near an ancient pub known both as the Rutland Arms and the Dirty Duck on the edge of the tiny village of Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir, this sculpture trail will be wheelchair accessible in part, in a loop approximately 2 miles long, with many wonderful perspectives onto Belvoir Castle along the way. Visitors will be able to walk the whole trail or just part of it.
A challenge will be issued soon in the hope of attracting submissions from art students all over the UK.
When the competition is ended and participants have been selected by a panel of judges, I will mentor art students creating their first public artworks, assisting them in creating large-scale outdoor sculptures made from sustainable sculpture materials sourced locally and donated by members of the Vale of Belvoir community.
The Duchess of Rutland is the first major donor to the project, handing over 1800 light bulbs removed last year to be replaced by low-energy ones.
From my Old Hunt Stables studio on the Estate, I have begun to reach out to a variety of contacts in the UK to elicit submissions from:
- A level art students
– Foundation art students
– BA and BFA art students
– MA and MFA art students
– Practice-based PhD art students
I am also opening the Belvoir 3Rs Sculpture Trail challenge to GCSE art students of Belvoir High School in Bottesford, and to the 12 Primary Schools in the Vale of Belvoir.
At least 40 members of the local community will be asked to volunteer, and there will be plenty of other volunteerism opportunities on this project, so do get in touch if you would like to be involved!
Similarly, if you have junk to donate, old objects/machinery/stuff that can be reclaimed or any raw material donations – don’t hold back, do e-mail….
Think along the lines of: Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw!