Big plans for outdoor art in Vale of Belvoir

Belvoir artist-in-residence Laury Dizengremel created this sculpture trail in Montana, USA.
Belvoir artist-in-residence Laury Dizengremel created this sculpture trail in Montana, USA.

MAJOR outdoor artwork created by sculptors from across the UK will soon be springing up across the Vale of Belvoir.

The “sculpture trail” will see a series of large-scale artwork built along a two-mile stretch of land in the Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir area which will stretch from the Dirty Duck, around Grantham Canal before looping back.

The project is entitled: “Belvoir 3Rs: Reclaimed, Recycled, Raw” and will see all of the artworks made of recycled and raw materials

The project is being run by Belvoir Castle’s artist-in-residence, Laury Dizengremel who has already sent out invitations to universities across the UK.

She said: “It’s very exciting that the Duchess likes the idea but the next step is securing the funding because without that we won’t be able to go ahead.

“We are looking to put up around 12 sculptures and on the open market that would probably cost around £100,000 but I’m hoping to try to do it all for around £36,000, which is £3,000 per sculpture.

“It’s one of those things that’s as big as you dream it to be but so far I’ve had nothing but positive responses.”

As well as bringing in artists from across the UK, local schools will also be involved with art students from Belvoir High School coming up with ideas for a sculpture. There is also the chance for one of 12 primary schools in the Vale to come up with a sculpture concept.

All of the artwork must be made to survive outdoors in the Vale for at least a year.

Laury is also asking for volunteers from the area to assist the sculptors and also people to act as host families for artists who could travel from as far north as Aberdeen and as far south as Bath.

The artists will need places to stay during the two-week Easter school break, when the artworks will be created.

l If you are interested in the project and would like to find out more, e-mail Laury at: artist@belvoircastle.com or log on to tinyurl.com/belvoir