• Work Begins On Interactive Whitby Sculpture Trail

    Work has begun on a £55,000 arts and economic project to create a sculpture trail to guide visitors around the streets and alleyways of Whitby.

    The Examiner reports that the Walking with Heritage development will feature seven life-size sculptures that depict Whitby’s fishing industry heritage. The sculptures will be created by local artist Emma Stothard and installed throughout the west side of the town in early 2021.

    The first sculpture was officially unveiled by local fisherman, William Hall and Mayor of Whitby, Cllr Linda Wild, and depicts a fisherman’s wife with baskets full of fish, and has been installed on the west side of the swing bridge.

    One the development is completed, the trail will guide people Whitby Swing Bridge, up to Golden Lion Bank and Flowergate, along Skinner Street and down Kyber Pass, to the conclusion at the bandstand on Pier Road.

    The family-friendly trail will guide visitors around some of the lesser-explored areas of Whitby and provide support to local businesses in those areas. There will also be an app that will accompany the trail, which will provide directions, a map, and details about each sculpture, as well as photos and audio clips from retired fishermen.

    Matthew Joseph, the Community Regeneration Manager, said: “When the trail is complete, not only will it tell people more about Whitby’s rich history through sculpture, it will help to transfer some footfall to the less-visited parts of the town, allowing people to explore the many high-quality businesses in those areas.”

    There are currently plans for a second phase of the project, which will include lesser frequented areas of the east side of the town.

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  • ‘Chronicles Of Narnia’ Sculptures To Adorn Medieval Church

    Few people will not have been exposed to C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia in their childhood, and now visitors to St. Mary’s Church, a 12th-century parish in Beverley, Yorkshire will swoon be welcomed by a cast of characters from the series of books.

    The Guardian reports that 14 limestone sculptures depicting Aslan the lion, Jadis the White Witch, Reepicheep the talking mouse and many other creatures will be replacing the worn medieval carvings that adorned the church’s exterior. The Bishop of Hull, Alison White, blessed the newly commissioned sculptures in a recent ceremony.

    The installation of the statues is part of the first phase in the restoration of the historic building, partly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

    The project is mainly focussed on over 600 medieval wooden carvings of historical, religious, and mythical figures, known as roof bosses, which are in dire need of conservation, but in better shape than the external stone carvings, which have weathered away almost entirely.

    Roland Deller, director of development at St. Mary’s, explained that there was no visual record of what the original carvings should have looked like, so it was decided to commission something new that reflected more recent times.

    Ideas were submitted by local art and design students, and one sketch of Mr Tumnus the faun who befriends Lucy, the youngest Pevensie sibling, when she first arrives in Narnia, inspired the restoration team to commission a whole series of Narnia carvings by sculptor Kibby Schaefer and master mason Matthias Garn.

    C.S. Lewis published seven volumes between 1950 and 1956 of the adventures in Narnia of four young siblings who are evacuated to the English countryside during World War II, finding themselves pitted in a fight between good and evil.

    Lewis became a devout Christian after years of atheism following his mother’s death and his own service in World War I. Many have argued that the Chronicles of Narnia are a Christian allegory, with the lion king Aslan, who is killed by the White Witch but later returns from the dead, cast as a fictional representation of Jesus.

    The stone sculptures—made with the permission of Lewis’ estate—will be displayed at ground level to enable visitors to see them up close before moving to more permanent positions on the church’s exterior.

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  • Cumbrian Stonemason Seeks New Apprentice

    A slate company in Cumbria is looking to the future and wanting to keep traditional crafts alive by taking on its first stonemasonry apprentice in its 44-year history.

    The Westmorland Gazette reports that Coniston Stonecraft, based in a workshop in the foothills of Coniston Old Man, is seeking an apprentice to learn the centuries-old skills of carving, engraving, stone-splitting and polishing.

    Stonemason Andy Barlow explained that Cumbrian slate is unique, and everything he makes is crafted from Cumbrian stone, quarried in the Lake District. “Our slate is renowned all over the world. So we need high-quality stonemasons to work with it,” he said.

    The successful apprentice will be trained by Mr Barlow is all aspects of the trade, learning how to do everything from carving house signs to specialist clocks, and kitchenware.

    Coniston Stonecraft has partnered up with Furness College, where the new apprentice will learn basic workshop engineering skills during the two-year apprenticeship

    The company was saved back in February when it was bought by Brendan Donnelly out of administration, and the company has experienced a mini sales boom, which has brought the need for an extra pair of hands in the workshop.

    Mr Donnelly added: “Half a century ago there were workshops on our site that employed more than a dozen stonemasons. Where have they all gone? It’s a dying trade. But people love Cumbrian slate and our order book is filling up. So we need to train an apprentice stonemason, to future-proof our business.”

    The company has already taken on its first office administration apprentice in August this year. If you want more details of the stonemason apprenticeship, then check on the GOV.UK website.

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  • How To Choose A Sculpture For Your Home

    When it comes to interior design, it always pays to spend as much time as you can in your living spaces before making any decisions so that you know you’re choosing pieces that will work well and complement your house, and which you’ll enjoy for years to come – especially important if you plan to spend a significant amount of money on something.

    Where sculptures are concerned, you’ll need to think about the size of the piece, as you don’t want something so large that it takes over the room but you also don’t want something so small that you barely notice that it’s there.

    A common mistake that people often make is going for something on the small side, which means it gets missed – remember that your sculpture should serve as a focal point in the room, without being overbearing.

    Also think about the overall style of the piece and how it will tie in with the rest of your home decor choices. If you’ve gone for a contemporary aesthetic, your sculpture should complement this, while traditional design would benefit from something in a similar vein.

    Materials are another consideration you will need to bear in mind and do some research into before you make a decision. There are lots of options, everything from terracotta and alabaster to ceramic, marble, bronze, plaster… it’s all just a matter of sitting down and looking at your home, deciding what would look best.

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  • Plans In Reading For Memorial For PC Harper

    A resident of the Reading suburb Woodley has drummed up support on social media for plans to create a memorial to the late PC Andrew Harper, who was tragically killed on duty in August last year.

    Jacqueline Kendrick-Harley from Woodley initially posted on Facebook about the idea to memorialise the fallen police officer, on 2 August, and the idea has gained momentum, reports the Reading Chronicle.

    Three men were found guilty of his manslaughter and were sentenced on 31 July, but the Attorney General’s Office has confirmed on 4 August it has received a request to review the sentences.

    Ms Kendrick-Harley said that loss of life is always a tragedy, and to lose a public servant in the line of duty reminds everyone of the job that the police do.

    “The whole story has touched a lot of people and with lockdown, I feel that people are actually realising how important family, friends and all our public servants are. This has truly touched a lot of hearts,” she said.

    Her Facebook post about creating a suitable memorial has proven very popular with Woodley residents, with many comments supporting the idea.

    Ms Kendrick-Harley added that her cousin is a stonemason in Wales, and would be honoured to create something for the people pot the town.

    She said she has contacted Cllr Keith Baker from Woodley Town Council, who in return has asked her to present some ideas and designs to the council. She hopes that, upon approval, it could be placed in the Woodley Community Garden.

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  • Edinburgh Park Statues Of Prominent Women

    While statues have been making headlines recently, concerning the Black Lives Matter movement, one aspect that has caught the eye of Edinburgh residents is the lack of statues featuring prominent women around the city.

    However, some have highlighted four statue heads at Lochside Crescent that celebrate Scottish Literary greats, and in particular busts of Jackie Kay and Naomi Mitchison. The other heads are of Norman MacCraig and William Sydney (WS) Graham.

    Jackie Kay is currently Scotland’s national poet or makar. She told of being “beaten up quite a lot” while growing up due to her mixed heritage, as her mother is Scottish and her father is Nigerian. She was adopted by a Scottish couple and raised in Glasgow. Kay is sculpted by Michael Snowden.

    In 2012, she highlighted the racism in football in a poem titled “Hear My Pitch” which tells of Arthur Wharton, the first black professional footballer to play in the UK. He was born in Ghana, and his father was half-Scottish and half-Grenadian.

    He first came to England in 1882 and played for Sheffield United by 1894. Jackie read her poem on the pitch before a match at Sheffield’s ground in 2012. The team are proud supporters of the Kick It Out campaign that works to tackle all forms of racism and discrimination.

    Naomi Mitchison was a controversial Scottish author, most well known for The Corn King and the Spring Queen, published in 1931, a novel full of history, folklore, and magic. Her sculpture is by Archie Forrest.

    In 1932 she was commissioned to write a guide for children and parents for the modern world, which become An Outline for Boys and Girls and Their Parents. Critics loved it, but conservatives and religious leaders condemned the book for alleged Soviet leanings and a lack of emphasis on God and religion.

    She also authored We Have Been Warned, which was published in 1935. Its depiction of rape, free love and abortion horrified and alienated many in polite society.

    Both these women made brae statements about society, and so it is fitting they are remembered.

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  • Anish Kapoor Sculptures Displayed At Stately Home

    Sir Anish Kapoor CBE, the Mumbai born British-Indian sculptor, has opened to the public an exhibition of 24 sculptures after the lockdown restrictions were eased.

    The Turner Prize-winning artist’s work at Houghton Hall in Norfolk was originally scheduled for March but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Once rules were relaxed on 4 July to allow the reopening of museums and heritage attractions, Sir Anish was able to open his exhibition.

    There are 24 sculptures by Sir Anish, including the Sky Mirror, a stainless steel mirror over 5 metres in diameter. There will also be a series of carved marble sculptures created between 2001 and 2003, along with a selection of drawings and smaller works.

    The artworks will be exhibited across the grounds of the stately home, as well as in the gallery space indoors, curated by Maria Codognato.

    Grade II-listed Houghton Hall was built by Sir Robert Walpole, generally regarded as Britain’s first prime minister, in around 1722, and it is a key building in the history of Palladian architecture in England. It is currently the residence of David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley.

    Lord Cholmondeley said: “Anish Kapoor is a magician. His elegant, reflective pieces throwback the world in mysterious ways.

    “We are proud to have the opportunity to present an important group of Anish Kapoor’s work at Houghton, and are delighted to be able to welcome visitors once again.”

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  • Could A Sculpture Elevate Your Garden?

    If you’ve spent a lot of time in your garden in recent months and feel as though you need to do a bit more to revamp it or bring a little something extra to the space, but don’t feel as though you want to go down the route of full-scale landscaping, could a sculpture be the solution?

    An article for The Week recently highlighted ten ways to improve your home and garden without significant disruption and, when it comes to outdoor spaces, one of the recommendations is to explore the use of sculptures.

    It also noted that there are plenty of options, from life-size sculptures of animals such as deer, to much smaller options if you don’t have such a large garden.

    You could also consider installing a water feature or even a sundial if you’d like to introduce a new focal point to one part of your garden, the publication suggested.

    To get a decoration that’s personal to you and your family, you could commission a stone sculptor in Canterbury, or wherever you live, to create a piece that fits in with your garden and your design preferences.

    Real Homes also recently offered some suggestions on how you can make an impact in your garden with some simple design tips.

    Among its suggestions are to plant a green wall, but to put this in a large frame, and to add trees to your garden if you don’t currently have any planted, as these can provide a lovely focal point.

    Another tip you may want to embrace is using repeat planting to draw the eye in a particular direction, maybe to the new stone sculpture you’ve added to your outdoor space?

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  • Sir Rod Stewart Adds Topless Statues To £5m Estate

    Full size marble torso, work in progress

    People young and old have rediscovered their gardens during the coronavirus crisis, and many have taken it upon themselves to renovate their outdoor spaces as a place to retreat during the lockdown. If you’re thinking of adding stone sculptures to your garden, it’s unlikely you will be following in the footsteps of rock star Sir Rod Stewart,

    According to the Daily Mail, Sir Rod has sought permission to erect four topless statues to overlook an ornamental pond at his £5 million Essex estate.

    The ‘Do You Think I’m Sexy?’ singer wants to install two male and two female ancient Greek-style sculptures on four pillars of a portico at his Grade II listed mansion, located on the edge of the Epping Forest.

    He has employed an award-winning landscaping firm to carry out the garden makeover, aiming to create a ‘classical garden space’, according to the documents received by the local council, filed under the name of Penny Lancaster/Stewart.

    Further modifications include a tiered stone water feature at the base of the portico, a paved seating area, lawn pathways, decorative metal arches and scattered topiary globes. There will be also trees and plants installed to create an ecologically biodiverse habitat

    Sir Rod and his wife Penny have recently returned to the UK after spending the winter self-isolating in Florida during the coronavirus pandemic.

    It is believed that the couple plan to spend more time at the 10-bedroom 18th-century property, which Sir Rod purchased in 2013

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  • Top Tips For Renovating Stone Buildings

    Whether you have an old stone outbuilding that’s seen better days, or are considering buying a stone property that needs some TLC, it’s good to get advice about how to bring these kinds of buildings back to their best.

    The Irish Independent recently offered some advice about how you should approach this kind of project.

    It recommended following the guiding principle of “as little work as possible and as much work as necessary”. If you have a building that is protected under conservation regulations, it’s essential to engage a specialist with experience of this sort of renovation.

    The publication also advised anyone who is planning this kind of project to “become familiar with other buildings like yours” before you get started.

    This can help you get a good understanding of the types of materials you can use in your renovation and about the aesthetic qualities you should embrace to ensure it’s in keeping with its time period.

    It’s also important to consider how you can retrofit older properties to make them more energy efficient. An article for Energy Live News recently revealed that the Green Alliance is calling on the government to remove the 20 per cent VAT charged on renovation projects to encourage more people to renovate and retrofit the existing building stock in the country.

    The think tank also wants the government to invest £300 million in energy-efficient retrofits on existing buildings across the UK.

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