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International Sculpture Exhibition comes to Ellesmere

International Sculpture Exhibition comes to Ellesmere

An international exhibition of sculpture in the landscape will open in Ellesmere, Shropshire, on 15th August 2009, the Chairman of the Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative (ESI), Alan Bradbury, announced today.

An international exhibition of sculpture in the landscape will open in Ellesmere, Shropshire, on 15th August 2009, the Chairman of the Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative (ESI), Alan Bradbury, announced today.

The Ellesmere International Sculpture Exhibition 2009 is the first in a series of annual exhibitions that will be preceded by an International Sculpture Symposium in the town.

The Ellesmere International Sculpture Symposium [2nd-14th August] will see visiting artists create the first in a series of art works to be installed in Ellesmere's distinctive landscape over the next three years.

Four internationally renowned artists, to be announced later this month, will converge on the North Shropshire market town from 2nd August to work alongside three British artists in the fortnight-long symposium.

The artists will create their sculptures from glacial boulders, generously provided by local aggregates firm, the TG Group. Each art work will reflect the rich physical and geological aspects of Ellesmere.

The Mere at Ellesmere is a fascinating landscape formed by glaciers and mankind over the past 12,000 years.  Traces of its complex history can be made out today from the Mere itself, which was formed by a huge ice block, to the embankments of a medieval motte and bailey castle at Castlefields overlooking the Mere.

The 2009 Ellesmere Sculpture Exhibition will be concentrated in Castlefields - an area that once formed the town's defences in the frequent wars against the Welsh in the 13th and 14th centuries - immediately opposite Ellesmere's refurbished Boathouse and Visitor Centre.

The small market town lies just a few miles south east of the latest UNESCO World Heritage Site at Pontcysyllte Thomas Telford's awe inspiring aqueduct near Llangollen. The Ellesmere arm links the Llangollen Canal with the Shropshire Union Canal.

Alan Bradbury, ESI Chairman, comments: "Ellesmere is a hidden jewel in Shropshire's crown and just a short hop along the Llangollen Canal from Pontcysyllte - recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. We hope that heritage visitors from far and wide visiting Pontcysyllte will cross the border into Ellesmere to view the sculptures and marvel too, at our exceptional heritage, history and links with Thomas Telford."

Further information on the Ellesmere International Sculpture Exhibition can be found by visiting www.ellesmeresculpture.co.uk.

 

Date Posted: 21st July 2009


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