The launch of the Waddington Arts & Heritage Trail took place yesterday (Sunday 22 July) with a celebratory event and guided walk along the trail as part of North Kesteven walking festival.
Nearly fifty people joined the walk around the new heritage trail, which was led by Ridges & Furrows historian Dave Reeves, and artist Simon Grennan, who as part of artist duo Grennan & Sperandio has created 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 are 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.
artsNK worked with Waddington Parish Council to commission artist duo Grennan & Sperandio to create the new artworks for the village as part of the trail.
Lucy Lumb, from artsNK who led on the project commented:
“I couldn’t have been prouder of what has been achieved here in Waddington. The way the project has been embraced by residents, school children and local groups has meant that the heritage trail and artworks have real local meaning and relevance – but they also bring something new to the village. The feedback from people here has just been so positive and appreciative. I think the trail has been a great success! Thank you to everyone involved, especially the artists, the historian, the steering group and Waddington Parish Council.”
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 are currently available to pick up from Waddington Parish council offices, during opening hours, and will soon start appearing in other places around the village.
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.