Our plan for the second sculpture trail was endorsed by the Arts Council in January when they notified us of an Arts Grant award.  A degree of local funding was required to secure this grant, and this has been my focus since the start of the year.  We now have four generous local businesses as sponsors, and the enthusiastic support of Lyme Regis Town Council from whom a further grant has been awarded.  We are now assured of the financial basis to proceed with the full plan.

We are delighted to announce the four local businesses who have chosen to support us. Thanks are again due to Lyme Bay Holidays and The Royal Lion Hotel, who were with us as sponsors right from the start in 2015.  They have generously come forward again, and this year they have been joined by The Harbour Inn and The Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant to complete the picture.  

The budget this year has been dramatically increased to enable us to be more ambitious.

We can reach and include more sculptors from further afield, and we will be less dependent on my own land art to fill the spaces (there was rather a lot of land art out there last year). 

The outdoor trail will be building from June to a climax in September and we will provide a stand-alone trail map from the outset to make each sculpture easy to find. 

We will also provide additional web-based interpretation of all the work you’ll find out there. 

We want to put a lot of effort into capturing audience reaction, and this will be an important indicator for whether the sculpture trail could become a new annual tradition for Lyme Regis.

Finally, and completely new for this year, we’ll have a small sculpture exhibition in the Langmoor Room during ArtsFest proper (17th September until 2nd October).

There’s lots to look forward to, and lots to do!

John Calder, Sculpture Trail Curator

Published on 24/03/2016.

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