Bridport Sculpture Trail Proposal
Following the temporary installation of public art pieces at Mountfield and Borough Gardens in 2019, discussions have been held with local artists about setting up and managing a longer term Bridport Sculpture Trail. In December 2019 Bridport Town Council agreed to work with Dorset Arts Development Company, to pilot for three years a Bridport Sculpture Trail project. Sculpture Trails have been successfully implemented across the UK (i.e. Forest of Dean, Tout Quarry Portland); providing public art into open spaces and showcasing works by local and national artists.
Initially the public art pieces would be installed on land owned or managed by the Town Council and link directly to the new round Bridport Green Route and the Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan which identifies the importance of working with artists to help visualise the transformations required to meet net zero carbon.
A key element of the project would be to engage local businesses in the project so that after 3 years the funding provided by the Town Council would no longer be required.
The idea for a Bridport sculpture trail was instigated in Summer 2019 by Bridport based RCA trained artist Isla Chaney – http://www.islachaney.com/), who voluntary installed ‘Part of the Whole ’ on Mountfield outside of Bridport Council.