Ryan Kennedy from BBC Radio Shropshire interviewed project lead Julia Buckley, Andy from Rock Solid Knowledge and Bridgnorth Running Club member Scott on Wednesday 9th January.
It was a bit frosty on the Quayside but it was worth it to showcase the upgrades to our mobile phone app by IT company “Rock Solid Knowledge”. Scott Mathers jogged up from the Bridgnorth Running Club and explained how the club use the trail as a regular 5KM route. He revealed that his favourite statue is No. 8 up on Friars Street, as he didn’t realise there was a fabulous view from there across the River Severn to High Rock.
Deborah designed and painted Statue No. 8 – The Great Bear – which is located on Friar’s Street and was sponsored by Rupert Beckett.
Deborah’s design is about celebrating the life of Rupert through his love of Minecraft. The Beckett family, in particular Harry and Madeleine, had lots of input into the theme and content of the design.
Following the success of the first 12 statues in the “Catch-me-who-can” Art Trail, organisers have now bid for a grant to pay for a further five statues.
The idea is that, instead of seeking sponsorship from businesses ( £2,000 each) a grant of £17,000 from the Shropshire LEADER funding (to support rural tourism and businesses) will fund the additional statues.
Our outline application has been successful and we are now invited to full application – but to succeed we need letters of endorsement from those involved.
We would like to open the opportunity up to local worthy charities and community groups in Bridgnorth.
If your charity or community group is selected, you would get a free statue and would work with a local artist to commission the design you want, to promote your organisation.
Nicky designed and painted Statue No. 12, which is situated on Whitburn Street (Smithfield Centre) and was sponsored by AV Birch Ltd.
Nicky says: “The Bridgnorth Art Trail was a fun project to be part of. Now that it’s up-and-running it’s great to be able to showcase the work of the children and adults in my art classes, along with my own creative style.
A’level students designed 2 of our statues: Statue No. 5 which is situated at Fox Corner and was sponsored by Filtermist Ltd., and Statue No. 9 which is situated on the High Street outside Blooms and was sponsored by Grainger & Worrall Ltd.
Louise says: “It has been a privilege for me and the sixth form art students to be involved in the first phase of the Art Trail. The experience was extremely valuable for the students to gain an insight into working alongside different companies. At each stage from planning to completion the communication and enthusiasm between the sponsors and the students was exceptional.
Catherine designed and painted Statue No. 11, which is situated outside Lloyds Bank in the High Street and was sponsored by Holden’s Brewery. You can see some of Catherine’s other designs at Robin’s Hardware and Violet’s Tea Room in Bridgnorth.
Catherine says: “I am currently working on some home projects, ready for next year. Focusing on my portfolio, I am still taking in commissions, so please get in touch via Facebook or Etsy.”
Tania designed Statue No. 2 which was sponsored by Severn Valley Railway (SVR) and is located at Bridgnorth SVR station.
Tania says: “I am delighted to have been involved with the Bridgnorth Art Trail. The exhibition of sculptures provides a contemporary yet fitting new attraction for the town which will be an asset both for its residents and its tourist industry.
Rory McCann designed Statue No. 10 which is situated in the High Street outside Card Stores, and was sponsored by The Great British High Street.
“My experience of the trail was a wonderful one from beginning to end. I loved the challenge of working on a 3D project, something I’d never done. Interacting with the students and other artists was a joy, and being there for the opening gave a great feeling of community.
The trail is a wonderful way to see the town and shows a great diversity of artistic styles. It is a true celebration of Bridgnorth’s history and its people.
Bridgnorth Rangers (Girlguiding senior section unit) were amongst the first residents to trial the new phone app during their recent tour of the trail. Catherine Coleman, Division Commissioner, led the group and commented on how simple it was to use: “The girls were really pleased to be invited to be involved in trialling the app. We were able to use the app on the android device and as we arrived at each statue the button became available for us to click that we had ‘found it’. As we located each train the app then showed us the information about that particular statue