The Windermere and Bowness Chamber
of Trade are developing an arts and culture project commissioning 16
animal sculptures, indigenous to the Lake District, from local
artists. The pieces are to be made of materials which will allow
minimal maintenance and be durable enough to weather the elements
for at least 50 years. They are to be located at carefully
preselected sites between Bowness and Windermere with the aim of
improving connectivity between the two villages. The sculpture
trail will be accompanied with a booklet available from the Tourist
Information Centre in either Bowness or Windermere depending on the
starting point and local venues along the route that are financially
supporting the project. Each sculpture will have a wall or post
mounted plaque with information about: the animal and its habitat;
the artist and their work; an embossed badge to be ‘brass rubbed’ in
the booklet as proof of finding the sculpture and an easy question
about the animal sculpture for the younger children to answer.
The walk is aimed at both families
and foreign tourists who relish taking photos and collecting
memories. Additional interest will come from local schools and
The brief for the sculptures is
deliberately loose to allow the individual artists freedom to
develop their ideas inspired by the locations themselves. Our
suggested theme is Animals local to the Lake District. The
locations offer a variety of scales and lend themselves to be
crafted in a variety of materials. The 16 pieces should be
constructed and installed to last up to 50 years in situ; be vandal
proof; be mined full of health and safety issues and secured with
best intension to avoid theft of the art installation.
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constitution is in pdf format and is being used as the governing
document for both grant applications and charitable status.
Grants are being
applied for from:
|Arts Council Lottery
|Heritage Lottery Funding
There is also a CrowdFunding page at
The attached file
is the current proposed timeline for the project. It is open
to alteration as the project progresses.
article appeared in the
Westmorland Gazette on the 14th February 2019.
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