Artists Invited to Engage in the Sculpture with a Difference Journey


Entries are open for artists to submit designs for a bee-themed sculpture trail, with a reward of £500 per design commissioned.

The Nectar Trail will run through and around Retford, and artists can submit five designs each in a variety of themes, from curiosity and frugality to responsibility and ambition.

A total of 30 sculptures will be commissioned by organizers North Notts BID and its project partners.

Sally Gilborn, BID Chief Executive, said: “Following the success of the Book Bench Trail in 2021, we are delighted to announce the launch of the North Notts Nectar Trail for this year, which aims to spread important messages such as being kind , resourceful, innovative and environmentally conscious.

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“The trail will be a fantastic opportunity to bring residents and visitors from the region and beyond to our streets, open spaces and public areas this spring and summer.”

Worksop East Councilor Jo White, a cabinet member for Bassetlaw District Council Regeneration, said the footpath had the potential to strengthen the high street as it recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

She said: “Our local high streets have faced significant challenges for many years with the increase in online shopping and the pandemic has intensified this situation.

“We want to highlight the importance and benefits of local shopping by encouraging people to return to our downtowns with a strong sense of community involvement through healthy activities like this.

“The council and its partners will encourage school involvement directly in the design competition because we want everyone to enjoy the project.”

The trail will end in September, when the sculptures will be auctioned off individually to raise money for the Doncaster and Bassetlaw University Hospitals charity.

Hospitals board chair Suzy Brain OBE said the money raised will benefit the hospital in “myriad ways” as the trust embarks on “exciting new projects and developments in the not-too-distant future.” too far”.

An interactive companion app will also be launched in conjunction with the trail, which residents can use to locate and interact with the sculptures.

The BID requested that the designs be appropriate for public display and for audiences of all ages.

Copyrighted images and property, as well as corporate logos and advertisements, will not be accepted.

The artists were also instructed to avoid using paper-based products and stick only to paint and mosaic, so that the sculptures are weather resistant.

The deadline for submitting applications is February 6.

The trail is scheduled to open to the public on April 2.

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