Lincoln BIG has revealed that it has secured full sponsorship for a major attraction planned for the city in 2017 and is now on the search for artists to get involved.
Businesses and organisations have rushed to link their names to all 35 sculptures in The Lincoln Knights’ Trail, ensuring that the public art event can be installed across the city, where it can be enjoyed by tourists and local people from May 20 to September 4, 2017.
The Business Improvement Group is now starting its search for artists to decorate the Knight figures – which are based on actual historical figures.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “We have had brilliant interest in The Lincoln Knights’ Trail – from both businesses and organisations which backed the 2015 Lincoln Barons’ Charter Trail and first-time sponsors. This is really encouraging.
“Now, as planned, we are starting our search for professional and amateur artists who can come up with designs for the Knights – and we are announcing this milestone by hosting a reception for sponsors and painters.
“This is taking place at The Showroom, off Tritton Road in Lincoln on September 15, 2016, at 5.30pm and we are keen to hear from any artists who might like to come along.
The Knights are based on two key figures from the Battle of Lincoln – Nichola de la Haye (Custodian of Lincoln Castle) and William Marshall (Regent to the young King Henry III),” said Mr Corrigan.
“At The Showroom event artists interested in putting forward designs for the Trail sculptures will be able to find out more about this initiative and meet representatives from the businesses and organisations sponsoring it.
“Our information for prospective artists will also be made available online. Artists’ designs must be submitted to Lincoln BIG by 4 pm on Friday 14 October 2016.
“In November, sponsors will be invited to view and be consulted on designs submitted by local artists. This means that each business sponsor has the chance to get their staff, customers and associates engaged and influence the ultimate design of their Knight.
“The selected artists will be commissioned in late November and be asked to create their agreed designs early in 2017,” said Mr Corrigan.
Any artist interested in attending our Launch at The Showroom, should book their place by emailing Sharon Stone.
The Lincoln Knights’ Trail will form part of the 800th anniversary commemorations of The Battle of Lincoln Fair in 1217 and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest. It will be unique to Lincoln.
“The 2017 Trail will build on the Magna Carta celebrations and follow the momentous events that took place in the city two years after.
“On September 30, 2017, the sculptures will be auctioned at Lincoln Cathedral. Two-thirds of the money raised will go to our new charity partner, The Nomad Trust.
The remaining third will be used to create a ring-fenced Art and Innovation Fund to help the city to deliver future public art and events aimed at attracting more visitors to Lincoln,” said Mr Corrigan.
Once again, Lincoln BIG has teamed-up with Wild in Art to create the new Trail, which is expected to prove popular with both local people and visitors from far and wide.
The historical theme behind the Trail has also given Lincoln BIG a superb opportunity to run an educational programme by teaming-up with the EBP (Education Business Partnership). Schools across Lincolnshire will have the chance to get involved with their very own medium-sized Knight.
Another bonus for sponsoring companies is that they will be able to use their Knight and the Trail in ways which will boost their brand and profile and details of their business or organisation will be included on the Lincoln Knights’ Trail website.
“They will also be invited to official Knights’ Trail events and be able to create press and social media stories linked to their marketing materials and website,” added Mr Corrigan.
In addition, Visit Lincoln plans to organise a treasure hunt, encouraging people to “collect” all of the Knights.
The knight sculpture has been created by Wild in Art’s Creative Director Chris Wilkinson and it will be the perfect canvas to showcase the artistic talent of Lincoln.
Wild in Art Director Sally-Ann Wilkinson said: “We hope people will be inspired by the challenge of a three-dimensional canvas and by being involved in such an exciting project for Lincoln. We want to encourage local artists to submit designs – this will be a wonderful showcase for artistic talent.”