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Belvoir "3Rs: Recycled, Reclaimed, Raw" Sculpture Trail
Sculpture Challenge / Sculpture Competition / Sculpture Symposium 2011
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A new rural sculpture trail has now been created in the Vale of Belvoir on the Lincolnshire / Leicestershire border. This is the result of an educational working sculpture symposium which took place during the academic Easter break of 2011.
The 3Rs: Recycled, Reclaimed, Raw Sculpture Trail is an artist-led initiative by sculptor Laury Dizengremel, who garnered the support of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland at Belvoir Castle, British Waterways, the Grantham Canal Society, Melton Borough Council and advice from South Kesteven's Waste Officer. The project was made possible by a generous donation from Christie's auction house (European office).
Below is a video which shows an overview of the Sculpture Symposium and creation of the 3Rs Sculpture Trail.
Eleven photo credits above: Zita Tatrai www.zitaphotos.co.uk
Except for last: Lorna Green photo www.lornagreen.com
Our 2011 Sponsors / Patrons / Supporters were:
2011 Contributors of materials for the sculptures:
Brewers - B & Q - Jackson Building Centres - Jewson Builders Merchant - Kilgraney Sleepers - M & B Sacks Limited - Mid-UK Recycling Ltd - Wickes
2011 Host restaurants for the team of artists:
The Manners Arms, Knipton - The Windmill Inn & The Peacock Inn, Redmile - Welby Arms, Denton
2011 Special thanks for assistance / support from: Their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, British Waterways, Bo Jones - art teacher at Belvoir High School, Chandlers Farm Equipment Ltd, Christie's Europe Limited, Dr.Deidre and Dr. Andrew Gallop, Simon Gent, The Grantham Canal Society, Kevin & Barbara Lawry, Lol Crafer, Long Clawson Dairy, Phil & Carrie O'Brien, Kevin Osborne, Nigel Pacey and his crew of helpers, Andrew Pendleton, Sainsburys, Paul & Hesta Sheardown, Peter Sheardown, Phil Sowden, Mike Stone, Liz & Bobby Taylor, Nigel Pacey,103 FM The Eye Melton Mowbray, Joe Caneen www.videowhisperer.com and Zita Tatrai www.zitaphotos.co.uk plus the many who contributed in various ways (you know who you are).
Location of 3Rs: Recycled, Reclaimed, Raw Sculpture Trail:
Winding its way along the Grantham Canal, between Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir and Stenwith bridges (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 is wheelchair accessible in part and takes in many wonderful perspectives onto Belvoir Castle along the way. Visitors can walk the whole trail or just part of it. It is also accessible from a bicycle path.
A national sculpture competition was launched in December 2010 and closed on 31 January 2011 to attract submissions from art students all over the UK as well as emerging artists within 10 years of graduation.
Six participants for this first leg of the Trail were selected by a panel of judges. Another five participants were invited by Laury (two students, three guest artists). Seasoned public artist / sculptor Laury Dizengremel mentored the art students to create their first public artworks, assisting them in creating large-scale outdoor sculptures and sculpture installations made from sustainable sculpture materials sourced locally and donated by members of the Vale of Belvoir community.
The panel of judges included:
Her Grace, the Duchess of Rutland
Mr. Harvey Proctor, Private Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland
Ms. Dee Sowden, Arts Officer for Melton Borough (Leicestershire)
Mr. Rinus Van de Sande, Owner of Broomhill Sculpture Gardens (Devon) and curator of the National Sculpture Prize
Mr. Paul Sheardown, Farmer (tenant of Belvoir Estate)
Ms. Lorna Green, Sculptor
Ms. Laury Dizengremel, Sculptor
Artists invited from the national competition were:
Chloe Jane Chandler, studying for a BA at the University for the Creative Arts Canterbury (UCA)
"SECOND HAND RAIN" (Jury's First prize)
Robbie Scandrett, graduated from a BA at Guildford University
"RAW NATURE" (Jury's Second prize)
Hannah Satchwell, on a BA at Norwich College of Art
Courtney Lee, graduated from a BA in Art History at Oxford Brookes University
Ryan Curtis & Ryan Kerslake, students at the University of Plymouth
Artists participated by special invitation:
Douglas Kirk Bellamy, final year GCSE student at Belvoir High School, Bottesford
"HERME'S ART ROOM"
Richard Chandler, first year GCSE student at Belvoir High School, Bottesford
Donnas Peterson, ceramic artist, Grimsby (Lincs)
Lorna Green, environmental artist, Cheshire
Denise Sowden, map artist, Long Clawson (Leics)
Laury also opened the Belvoir "3Rs" Sculpture Trail challenge to GCSE art students of Belvoir High School in Bottesford, to 6 Primary Schools in the Vale of Belvoir (Leicestershire), and a further 9 schools in the Grantham area (Lincolnshire), involving them in two separate large-scale sculptures.
Selected artists came to Belvoir Castle Estate during the academic Easter break 2011 to create their sculptures "symposium style", hosted for two weeks, from Saturday 16th April to Saturday 30th of April 2011.
There was a formal unveiling of the Belvoir 3Rs: Recycled, Reclaimed, Raw Sculpture Trail on Saturday 30th of April at 2 pm.
Photos of the unveiling will be posted soon!
Looking ahead to the next instalment... do please get in touch!
Opportunities for Volunteers:
Members of the local community will again be asked to volunteer to assist the artists during the two weeks (any time slot, all skills welcome), and there will be plenty of other volunteerism opportunities on this project such as preparing lunch and dinner for all symposium participants in Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir, so do get in touch if you would like to be involved!
Opportunities to Host an Artist / to Host the Entire Symposium for a meal:
We will need host families willing to house one or several guest artists during the two week period, preferably within Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir itself or at most within a 5-10 miles. We have to provide the artists with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. and would gratefully accept any offer to host the entire symposium (9 artists + 3 support team = 12 people) for meals in local pubs /restaurants. Any host pub or restaurant will be acknowledged as a sponsor.
Calls for Donations of Materials - reclaimable junk / recyclables / raw stuff:
If you have junk to donate, old objects/machinery/stuff that can be reclaimed or any raw material donations - don't hold back...
Calls for Donations of Sponsorship / Cash / Funding:
Although every effort will be made to obtain as many in-kind donations of services as possible and to find volunteer host families to house our selected artists... and although we plan to use mainly sustainable materials, a small amount of structural steel, foundation materials and the like will need to be purchased. Participants need to be fed and their travel expenses covered. Volunteers will need their out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed.
The organising and mentoring has a cost-value. All donations of cash / funding will be gratefully accepted and donors will be acknowledged by a plaque at the start of the trail.
All competitor, volunteer, host and donor enquiries
contact Laury by e-mail or by phone on (01476) 879 071
Think along the lines of: Recycled, Reclaimed, Raw!
More information about this planned sculpture trail and expressions of interest from art students in the UK should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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