Budding artists, Edward Gibbons (aged 5) and Polly Hart (aged 11) won the Mayor’s prize in a colouring competition, which invited youngsters to design their own statue for Bridgnorth Art Trail using the architectural scale plan by local professional architect, Ian Wellings. This was the same task offered to the adult artists who were then commissioned to decorate the 200 kilo aluminium 3D statues. Local school children responded to the competition by submitting designs based on their own ideas. Polly’s and Edward’s designs (see pictures below) were selected by the Mayor and other volunteers on Bridgnorth’s Art Trail Working Group amongst all those who entered from local schools, carnival stalls and the library over the summer months.

Polly Hart, who travelled down from Driffield in Yorkshire, had been visiting her grandparents, John and Jennie Hart in Bridgnorth when she walked the trail and coloured the eye-catching design, which judges felt was exceptional. Edward Gibbons is a Bridgnorth local, whose advanced artwork showed skill beyond his 5 years, and so was invited to meet the Mayor at Bridgnorth library on Saturday, with his family to collect his prize. Each talented youngster was presented with a certificate, Art Trail T-shirt and a case of 30 coloured and glitter gel pens, to help them continue their art work.

  • Colouring Competition Winners for Bridgnorth Art Trail
    L to R: Cllr Ron Whittle Mayor, Cllr Julia Buckley, Cathy Fox (Art Trail vice chair), Edward Gibbons, Polly Hart, at statue no.1 on Railway Street, with their prizes and certificates

Chair of the Art Trail, Cllr Julia Buckley and organiser Cathy Fox helped to present the prizes.

Congratulations to both our winners who showed such creativity. I hope they enjoy wearing their Art Trail T-shirts. They have been such a big hit with families who complete the trail, that Bridgnorth library has started selling them at £10 for children’s and £15 for adults, in a variety of colours.

We are looking forward to the half-term rush to walk the trail in this beautiful autumnal weather. Don’t forget our trail is open 365 days a year, and maps and website / phone app downloads are completely free!