The Story of the Lyme Regis ArtsFest Sculpture Trail

For a town with such an active arts community and with such a busy gallery schedule, surprisingly little permanent public art can be found here.

The children from the Woodroffe School did participate in a project to generate the mosaic bench in Langmoor Gardens - that was in the 1980's.

Then again, Banksy stopped by in 2012 (photo by Peter Wiles) leaving this origami pelican with goldfish (rather faded now), but then what?

In 2015, we suddenly had dozens of sculptures all around the town in the first ArtsFest Sculpture Trail.  Some of last year's sculptures are still out there.  This summer, fourteen sculptors from across the West Country will be presenting over 30 sculptures around the town.

Some new exhibits arrived as early as June, some are not emerging until August.  They will remain until October.   

We hope you find them all and will have time to enjoy each to the full.  A helpful map will be available at the Tourist Office and the Malthouse Gallery from early July.  There are maps on this website too but you'll want the printed ones to take home. 

Try to get to know the artists by exploring their profiles on these web pages.

Please tell us what you liked the most what you liked the least. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, we're keen to hear your views.

We are very grateful that the Sculpture Trail has been sponsored by seven local businesses:

 

View from Newspapers 

‘The View From Lyme Regis is pleased to support the local arts community. Good luck with your sculpture trail in 2016!’   

Francesca Evans, Editor, View From Lyme Regis.

 

 Lyme Bay Holidays 

'A wonderful display of local sculpture and a must-see for visitors to our beautiful town.'  

Jim Matthews, Director, Lyme Bay Holidays

 

 Palmers Brewery Fund

 ‘Wishing you every success for your trail in 2016.’ 

A J C Palmer, Chairman & Managing Director. Palmers Brewery

 The Harbour Inn 

'It's thrilling to have such exciting public art in our wonderful town gardens.  We, at the Harbour Inn, are delighted to support John and all his sculptors in this year's sculpture trail.'  

Susan Stewart, Proprietor, The Harbour Inn

 The Royal Lion Hotel 

‘The (2015) Sculpture trail was an enormous success with our hotel guests this year with so many complimentary and admiring comments on the various pieces on display. A great addition to ArtsFest week.’ 

Lesley Stone, Proprietor, The Royal Lion Hotel

 The Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant

 ‘We love being a part of this event. John and his team do an amazing job, it’s wonderful for Lyme and adds yet another great reason for people to explore the town.’ 

Kathryn Haskins, Director, Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant

By the Bay 

'Creative, unusual, a fascinating talking point & a great asset to the town!  By the Bay is delighted to support the Lyme Regis Sculpture Trail and all the talented artists involved in the Trail and the wider ArtsFest project.' 

Tony & Stephanie Colston & all the team at By the Bay.

 

PUBLIC FUNDING 

We are grateful to have received substantial funding from the Arts Council of England, and a generous grant from Lyme Regis Town Council.