The Hanleys’ Community Art Project – Stage 2

Stage 1 of the project has been completed and the designs produced by students from Hanley Castle High School in 8hrs of workshops were exhibited in the Village Hall just before Christmas.  The exhibition was attended by over 50 visitors, 26 of whom commented in a Visitors’ Book with ideas and suggestions.  Sally Jakeman and Joe Hargreaves, two of the student designers from Hanley Castle High School, and  the professional sculptor, Michael Scheuermann, who is leading the design process, gave visitors first hand information on the exhibits.

The comments received were encouraging and went on to inform the next stage of the project.  The comments showed a strong preference for the sculpture to have a functional element and for a bird theme to be incorporated.  A number of visitors also suggested that the Primary School should be included in the project if possible.

The project received notification from the Arts Council in December last year that it had been successful in its application for £8000 of funding, and in late January two further successful funding applications were made – to the Elmley Trust for £1000 and to Severnwaste for £1000.  In addition, the Parish Council has also notified us that the project could be eligible for £800 from a distribution of the Section 106 funding that villagers were consulted upon in November last year.  This is in addition to the original funding of £2000 provided by the Hanleys’ Cafe and Market group.

We are now into Stage 2 of the project.   Hanley Castle High School students will develop the designs from which Michael Scheuermann will produce the final design in the form of drawings and a model.  The additional funding has provided us with scope for extending the project and we are delighted to be able to include workshops for Reception Year pupils from Hanley Swan Primary School.  These will be held in March.

At the end of Stage 2 there will be a public exhibition of the school children’s designs and a model and drawings of the sculptor’s final design, together with story boards that will explain the evolution of the design from the commencement of project, the influence of public comment and how the sculptor has incorporated the children’s ideas into his design.  The main exhibition will be held in the Village Hall in April and a travelling exhibition will go to other venues in the villages.

February 2012

Read about Stage 1 by clicking here.