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WANDER – Art on the Yorkshire Wolds Way

  • Date: 18 January 2011
  • Area: North

Ten artworks are to be created by leading artists for settings along the 79-mile Yorkshire Wolds Way, beginning from the banks of the River Humber and finishing on the dramatic Filey Brigg headland.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way is one of 15 National Trails (long distance walking routes) in England and Wales and the landmark art installations will be the first series of public art works ever commissioned on a National Trail.

WANDER - Art on the Yorkshire Wolds Way has been instigated by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY) as part of a programme to attract more visitors to the Yorkshire Wolds.

Last month the first of the design proposals was unveiled. Jony Easterby's artwork is inspired by the ancient history of the area. It will include a winding chalk path edged by split oak fence posts leading to a viewing platform and a newly created dew pond. Warrior figures - carved in lime-stained oak - will 'guard' the work and are based on archaeological finds from the local area. The dew pond will act as a sky mirror enhancing the panoramic views. 

Other artists currently developing proposals for WANDER include Chris Drury and Peter Randall-Page.

Local communities have been consulted to develop works of art that benefit their areas and some have requested pieces that will also help solve practical needs of their village. One proposal is for an artist-designed footbridge and another community has elected to have a new artist-designed shelter for their village green.

The project will also include a series of benches crafted by designer-maker, Angus Ross, and etched with poetry by Scarborough poet John Wedgewood Clark.

Janet Reuben, Chief Executive of Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, said: 'The Yorkshire Wolds have been an inspiration to David Hockney and will continue to inspire more leading artists as part of their work on this groundbreaking project. 

'WANDER is something to be proud of on so many levels - not only is it a national first but it provides benefits to local communities in terms of fulfilling practical needs and providing a boost to their economy. We're also pleased to have secured funding for this project from external sources - ensuring that the money comes to this previously under-invested area.'

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England, added: 'We are delighted to be supporting this ambitious and high quality public art project which represents the first ever commission of artworks on one of the UK's National Trails. This project is a really exciting opportunity for artists to create and show new work in this unique setting. The finished artworks will be a draw for visitors to East Yorkshire and will enhance enjoyment of the wonderful Wolds landscapes.'

Next steps include commissioning more artists, raising more funds and selecting locations for pieces. The trail is due to complete spring/summer 2012.

The programme is funded by £80,000 from Arts Council England and with £150,000 from LEADER as part of the Rural Development Programme for England.