Winterton Sculpture Trail Begins!

A Sculpture Trail comprising of 26 tractor and owl sculptures begins today (Friday 25th May) in Winterton.

The Winterton Sculpture Trail is a project delivered by National Lottery funded organisation Winterton 2022, which is driven by a volunteer committee of Winterton residents, and is part of the Big Local.  

During 2017, Winterton 2022 commissioned the production of a number of tractor and owl sculptures to form the basis of a sculpture trail for the town of Winterton.

Since then community groups and organisations based in the town have designed and created the artwork in a series of workshops with local artists Fiona Caley and Mandy Keating. The groups range from all three Winterton Schools, to the Winterton Disabled Club and 1st Winterton Brownies, with more than 600 children and adults involved in creating sculptures.

Mandy said, “I have worked on this project for a long time, alongside my colleague Fiona Caley, so it is fantastic to see the culmination of all of our hard work and the fantastic efforts of local people.”

“All the groups were really enthusiastic about their sculptures and them eventually being displayed around Winterton, and had some fantastic ideas about their designs.”

“I have learnt more than I ever thought I would, working on this project and with this community.”

“It is amazing to think we started with the bare bones of an idea and the outcome has been not only a number of fantastic sculptures, but also we’ve had the privilege to get to know people in the local community, who have accepted us and worked alongside us and each other – a real community project!”

She went on to say, “I would encourage people to visit the Winterton Sculpture Trail because it’s unique, and it’s a shining example of what can happen when a community works together. If Winterton can do it, surely it will inspire other communities to do something similar?”

The first Sculpture was unveiled at the official launch for the Winterton Sculpture Trail yesterday, by the Mayor of Winterton, Cllr Vicky Mumby, revealing a tractor sculpture created by students at Winterton Community Academy, a project the school were ‘keen’ to be involved in.

Mrs C Browne Design and Technology Teacher at Winterton Community Academy said, “When we heard about this project we were really keen to get involved. For us it was a way of displaying some of the fantastic talent of our pupils.”

“Lots of pupils were involved in the project in some way. Some of the tasks included research, designing, making templates and stencils, applying layers of paint and adding outlines.”

“The pupils really enjoyed the whole process and appreciated the opportunity to work with the artists Mandy and Fiona.”

“We are really looking forward to seeing the sculptures around the town for people to enjoy.”

Year 9 student, Harry Key, said the project would attract visitors to the town: “I think this will be a really good thing for the town as it will add something interesting to do and will also attract more people to visit which is what we need. I really enjoyed being a part of the project.”

Harry Carter, year 10, took inspiration from Hull City of Culture, he said: “When planning the design of our sculptures we took inspiration from the sculptures that were part of Hull City of Culture. We also really liked the effect created by the mural in Winterton market place and used this as inspiration as well”

He went on to say, “I feel a bit nervous about our sculpture being unveiled, but good at the same time, because I know we have done a good job and I hope that people enjoy them.”

Throughout the trail Winterton 2022 have planned a series of events and competitions for the whole community to get involved in, ranging from a #SelfieWithASculpture monthly prize draw, a free online template for children to download to design and create their own tractor sculpture model, a photography competition, and a doodle tractor sculpture located at Winterton Library for visitors to contribute to.

For more information about the Winterton Sculpture Trail events and competitions visit www.winterton2022.org.uk/sculpturetrail/getinvovled

Daniel Redhead, project coordinator for the Winterton Sculpture Trail praised Winterton 2022 for competing with major cities, he said, “The Winterton 2022 Committee should be commended for their ambition and vision to deliver such a large scale project of this nature.”

“Sculpture Trails have taken place across the country in many major cities. For a town the size of Winterton to be competing with them, and demonstrating its ability to do so, is truly remarkable and will bring great benefits to the town.”

“I have had the pleasure to help Winterton 2022 deliver this project over the last few months, and the growing appetite and excitement among residents for the trial to begin has been infectious.”

“Winterton is proud of the artwork it has created, and rightly so, with over 600 people involved in creating the sculptures.”

“I want to say thank you to everyone that has helped to make this possible, in order to bring us to the exciting point we have reached today. It has been a resident led initiative from the outset and has remained so all the way through.”

“We are really excited to finally be able to share the artwork with the community, and we hope residents, and visitors to the town enjoy exploring the trail and discovering the creative pieces of art on display.”

The Winterton Sculpture Trail is free to follow at any time between Friday 25th May and Friday 14th September 2018. Maps are available for visitors to navigate around the town and find all 26 sculptures. They can be picked up in community hubs around the area or downloaded from the www.winterton2022.org.uk/sculpturetrail/map

At the end of the Winterton Sculpture Trail a special auction will take place where 12 of the Sculptures will go under the hammer for local charities, thanks to Hull based, Gilbert Bateson Auctioneers and Valuers who will be conducting the auction free of charge. The auction takes place at All Saints Church, Winterton on Saturday 24th September from 2.00pm.

Winterton charities and not for profit organisations are invited to nominate their cause ahead of a social media vote which will allow residents to vote for their favourite three causes to benefit from the auction. The nomination window ends 07.06.18. More information and full criteria can be found on www.winterton2022.org.uk/sculpturetrail/auction

 

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