Explore, experience and get involved in Kidsgrove’s freshest FREE art trail, boasting a wonderful range of paintings, photographs, sculpture, prints and mixed-media.
A Staffordshire University BA Fine Art students, Appetite and the Canal and Rivers Trust have worked together to deliver a high quality creative arts trail to be experienced by the public, responding to the history, ecology and potential future of the canal.
Deborah Hilditch from Appetite says of the project ‘Tunnel Visions’: “It has been a real joy to see the students’ response to the live brief. They have engaged with the local community and spent time on location to arrive at some exciting and thought provoking artwork for the canalside. Tunnel Visions will be a great way for people to connect with the canal location and potentially learn something new about it.”
The public can wander along the canal from the Kidsgrove entrance to the Harecastle Tunnel, along to the steps leading up to Kidsgrove Train Station, and can experience the series of artworks installed along the route. There are two opportunities to take part in a short walking trail, where the Fine Art students will give a brief introduction to their works.
Jenny Richardson, second year Fine Art student at Staffordshire University said: “I have learned a lot about time management, deadlines, which has pushed me to challenge myself to make ambitious pieces which I hope the public will both enjoy and have thoughts prompted about possible meanings. As a group we are hoping the event will increase footfall to this fascinating historically interesting part of the canal, and may encourage more use of this area, and spark a creative interest in visitors when they see the results of Fine Art BA Hons students of Staffordshire University’s work.’
ART TRAIL: Saturday, 4 March 12-4pm (with a hands on origami activity at 12pm and guided walks at 1pm and 2pm departing from the Canal and Rivers Trust Lodge at the Kidsgrove entrance to the Harecastle Tunnel).
(Main image student art work by Ricky Chen)
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