Forty-five Lincoln Knights’ Education Trail sculptures were unveiled to more than 100 special guests at a special preview event held at The EBP’s Lincoln head office.
As a social enterprise already working with thousands of young people, schools and businesses across the country each year, The EBP jumped at the opportunity to be the official education partner for the Lincoln Knights’ Trail.
Working in partnership with Lincoln BIG and Wild in Art, The EBP signed up more than 40 primary, secondary and special schools from all over Lincolnshire for this unique creative arts project.
All of the participating schools have designed and decorated their own half sized knight sculptures, they have also worked through an extensive resource pack created by The EBP’s experienced education specialists and Wild in Art, featuring lesson plans and curriculum links to a whole host of subjects.
As one of the UK’s leading social enterprises, The EBP is delighted to head up the education element of what promises to be Lincoln’s biggest cultural event this summer, adding an additional dimension to the celebrations associated with the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln.
The EBP was delighted to welcome sponsorship for the project from Waterside Shopping Centre and Siemens, with Ruddocks also providing generous print support.
Next week the education knights will make their way to the Lincolnshire Show before moving to eight indoor city-centre venues where they will remain on display until the start of September. A reunion event in Waterside Shopping Centre from 5-27 September will bring all of the sculptures back together before they are returned to schools as a lasting legacy of their involvement in the project.
Elaine Lilley, Chief Executive of The EBP, said: “At The EBP we are committed to developing the skills of young people throughout the country so when an opportunity arose to be the education partner for a major event taking place in our home town we saw the opportunity to work with thousands of students to encourage their creativity and connection to the world that they live in today.
“We’ve been blown away by the sculptures and can’t wait to unveil them to the general public and showcase what our amazing schools have been working on.”
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “As organisers of the Lincoln Knights’ Trail, we are delighted to have had the exciting opportunity to work closely with The EBP.
“The Lincoln Knights’ Trail, which saw 36 full-sized Knights installed around the city on 20 May, is already proving a huge attraction for local people and visitors and we are confident that there will be an even bigger buzz when their “junior cousins” arrive in the city centre.”
To find out more about the Lincoln Knights’ Education Trail and other programmes run by The EBP visit the EBP website.
Photo credit: Chris Vaughan.