Designs revealed for ‘When In Sleaford’ urban art trail

The designs unveiled by artist David Mackie for the When In Sleaford urban art trail. EMN-150311-165404001
The designs unveiled by artist David Mackie for the When In Sleaford urban art trail. EMN-150311-165404001

Designs for a new urban art trail for Sleaford have been revealed this week.

The district’s arts promoter, artsNK have been working with artist David Mackie to develop a series of artworks embedded in pavements and walls around Sleaford for the ‘When in Sleaford’ Project.

Art designs by William Alvey School pupils for Project 72. EMN-150311-165415001

Art designs by William Alvey School pupils for Project 72. EMN-150311-165415001

The new designs revealed this week celebrate the distinct character and diversity of Sleaford.

Over the summer, Mr Mackie has carried out research for the project, working with school pupils, local groups and residents to explore the local history of the town and generate ideas for his designs. He has taken drawings, prints, and other imagery produced in a series of creative workshops, and used these as the basis for his series of designs which explore themes of archaeology, history, geography, architecture and natural history, as well as taking inspiration from existing artworks in the town.

Speaking about the project Mr Mackie said: “I have very much enjoyed working with school pupils and individuals from Sleaford and the surrounding area and delving into the fascinating history of the town. I hope the input they have had into the finished designs will prove the value of their involvement and give them joy and pride in their local environment. We had some really talented budding artists working on this project – hopefully people will be able to see more of their work in an exhibition of the project.

“I’m looking forward to making the actual artworks now and seeing the plaques in situ next summer.”

The markers, which will be made of cast bronze, will act as way-markers, mapping out pathways through and around the town and informing residents and visitors about existing public artworks. The aim is to encourage people to pause and think about the locations where they are sited, whether it be a view, an artwork or a place to visit. The trail is planned to be installed in Sleaford by summer 2016.

Mr Mackie has also been working closely with pupils at the William Alvey CofE Primary School on Project 72, to create a special artwork to commemorate the 72 local young men from the school who died in the First World War. Designs for the new artwork are currently being finalised.

artsNK are looking for sponsors and other sources of funding to enable the ‘When in Sleaford’ project to be completed – if you think you might be able to help contact Lucy Lumb to discuss; email lucy.lumb@artsnk.org telephone: 07834520958.

Visit www.artsnk.org for more details about the ‘When in Sleaford’ project.