A heritage trail for Waddington village featuring new contemporary artworks will be launched this July, as part of the larger Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage project.
We have worked with Waddington Parish Council to commission artist duo Grennan & Sperandio to create six new permanent artworks for the village as part of the trail. The artist duo have been working in the village since April 2017, talking to local residents as well as delivering art activities with local community and voluntary groups and school pupils, as part of the Heritage Lottery funded project which aimed to encourage communities in the district to learn about and celebrate the heritage of where they live.
Six sculptures inspired by the history of the village and stories that have emerged from the community workshops will be sited on buildings in Waddington along the heritage trail. The series of sculptures is entitled ‘Emblems’ – as with emblems, each of the sculptures refers to something that is perhaps known about Waddington but is either unseen or hidden.
Simon Grennan commented
“We work all over the world and haven’t had a better welcome than in Waddington. In the process of making ‘Emblems’, people of all ages and life experiences contributed almost 500 drawings, showing significant and favourite aspects of their lives. Cited on the Heritage Trail, the new sculptures will create a link between past and present in the village.”
All of the artworks, as well as interesting facts and historical information about the village, are covered in a new Waddington Heritage Trail guide, which has been written by Ridges & Furrows project historian Dave Reeves. The guides will be available in June/July 2018, ready for a celebratory launch event taking place on Sunday 22 July.
The Waddington Trail forms part of the Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage Trail, which extends from The National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford to Whisby Nature Park, travelling along the Lincoln Edge and visiting numerous villages and places of interest along the way.
The Waddington Trail and Emblems are supported by funding from Arts Council Lottery and Heritage Lottery.
image: Grennan & Sperandio, Emblem artworks being produced in the workshop of Peter Tree