Castle & Estate Artist-in-Residence:
Vale of Belvoir Rural Arts Project
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So far outcomes of the Belvoir Castle art residency and Vale of Belvoir Rural Arts Project have been:
- Three lifesize bronze busts of members of the Manners family created in 2011
Above - the three daughters of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland: from left to right, Lady Alice Manners, Lady Violet Manners and Lady Elizabeth Manners.
- In 2012 a series of Kickstart workshops is being organised thanks to a donation of £400 by the Duchess of Rutland who "kickstarted" this educational project to benefit the local communities surrounding the Castle, in the absence of public funding being available for such. Laury has worked on raising match funding by approaching a variety of public, corporate and private sources in the area. Isaac Newton Primary school Head Teacher, Stephen Tapley had this to say at the outset: "Thank you very much for popping in the other day. We are all very excited about the proposed project. Please can you pass on our thanks to Her Grace, the Duchess of Rutland, for her kind donation to the Kickstart workshops in the area surrounding Belvoir Castle. We are very grateful for her kind donation and pleased to be one of the beneficiaries of Her Grace’s interest in art education. It would be wonderful if The Duchess could attend the unveiling of the artwork made by our pupils. Thank you for your support. Yours in art."
Since then, in May 2012 a sculpture installation was made comprised of 41 feathered edge boards, worked on by 82 kids at the school. Photo of "Isaac Newton's Henge" below and more details here.
Another school to benefit from the programme in 2012 is Croxton Kerrial Primary School. Here 14 students worked on a project they ultimately called "Croxton Kerrial Totem Pole". Photo below and click here for more details.
- In 2011 workshops in 15 schools in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire involving over 1450 pupils attending presentations of the Sculpture Trail project by Belvoir Castle’s artist-in-residence at assemblies, with hands-on sculpture activities for over 120 children directly participating in the project. resulting in two collaborative artworks: "Belvoir Wood Henge" and "2012" to celebrate the Olympics.
Above, "Belvoir Wood Henge" and "2012" collaborative works by Laury Dizengremel and students in the Vale of Belvoir
- A national sculpture competition for fine art students which attracted young artists from universities / colleges around the UK (Oxford Brookes, Plymouth, Norwich, Guildford, Canterbury)
- A sculpture symposium held during the academic break of Easter 2011 involving 6 fine art students/graduates as well as 2 local high school GCSE art students, the international land art sculptor Lorna Green and a mature amateur artist from Grimsby
- A sculpture trail entitled “3Rs: Recycled, Reclaimed, Raw” on public access lands owned by the Duke and Duchess of Rutland along the Grantham Canal between the bridges of Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir and Stenwith, comprised of 12 outdoor sculpture installations.
- Local / regional media (BBC East Midlands, 103 FM the Eye on Easter Sunday, Grantham Journal, Melton Times, Leicester Mercury).
With plans for the expansion of rural arts in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, for a rural sculpture trail and other rural art & culture tuition activities in the Vale of Belvoir, sculptor Laury Dizengremel began at the start of her residency in the Autumn of 2010 to work out the knuckles and bones of a "Vale of Belvoir Rural Arts Project", matched in her enthusiasm by her art residency hostess, Her Grace the Duchess of Rutland.
From her Old Hunt Stables studio on the Belvoir Castle Estate, Laury started by reaching out to a variety of institutions, projets and people in both Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, and while keeping her focus on rural areas, also worked on contacting the same in urban areas in the two counties:
- primary schools
- secondary schools
- art centres
- art groups / artist associations
- individual artists
- individual crafters / makers
- and members of the general public, adults, children and seniors.
"Conducting community consultation, finding out what is needed and wanted in terms of sculpture & design tuition and workshops, especially in the Vale of Belvoir, these were my primary targets at the start."
Master class, workshop & tuition discounts for all Vale of Belvoir residents:
20% off normal fees
Some materials may soon be funded if sufficient numbers
apply from the local rural communities
More information about this art residency and high-resolution photos for media reproduction can be obtained by contacting Laury via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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