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Northwick Manor - Art

Art played an important role throughout the Northwick project, inspired by the rich historic and natural landscape of Northwick and Bevere. Shown here are a selection of images, capturing some of the activities that took place throughout the two years.

Steve Rigby, Sara Fenn (Graphic Designer) and Valerie Briggs with one of the panel designsA number of professional artists were engaged during the two years. In order to produce the art work for the Heritage trail panels, Valerie Briggs, a local wildlife illustrator was engaged to produce illustrations of flora and fauna in and around Northwick and Bevere. These were reproduced on each of the 11 trail panels, including the beautiful swan watercolour shown here. Steve Rigby, an archaeological reconstruction illustrator was also engaged to produce 4 digital illustrations of aspects of the area's history. Shown here is his reconstruction of the Anglo-Danish raid on Bevere Island in 1041.

 

Swan Family by Valerie BriggsThe Viking raid by Steve Rigby

An artist-in-residence was also commissioned to work with local children at Northwick Manor Primary School. Wren Miller, an Environmental Public artist (www.wrenmillerart.co.uk) worked with the children to produce their own brick designs, inspired by the brick-making tradition at Northwick. A permanent sculpture was produced in the grounds of the school, in the form of a river of bricks, stamped with words relating to the brick-making industry.

Bricks by Northwick pupilsThe Eye of the River, sculpture centrepiece by Wren MillerWren Miller and Deborah Overton, Project
co-ordinator, working on the sculpture

An art competition was launched, inviting people of all ages to be inspired by Northwick and Bevere and enter their own art work or photograph. The competition was supported by the Worcestershire Arts Service and The Gallery, Bevere. To launch the competition local people joined members of the Worcestershire Camera Club Dennis Lee and Bob Tunstall as well as Ranger Richard Clarke for a Wildlife Photography Workshop, where they learned more about how to take the perfect photo.

Photo Session - The Slip

The competition was concluded with a grand exhibition of all entries at Northwick Manor Primary School, including more than 200 from local children. The first 3 entries to the adult photographic competition are shown below.

Cormorant on Bevere Island by Leo Smith - 1st prize Bevere Bridge by Andy Kent - 2nd prize

Northwick in Winter by Andy Coleman Children's entries to the art competition

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