Artists announced for Cirencester Hare Festival 2014
MORE than 20 artists have already been confirmed for the Cirencester March Hare Festival 2014.
Designs, drawings and other mediums have been put forward to the organisers of the event, which will see a large number of decorative five-foot hares hopping into Cirencester and the surrounding area.
“We hope it will really capture the imagination of the town and help boost our local economy and footfall,” said March Hare project leader Florence Beetlestone.
The hares will be decorated by local artists, schools and celebrities. Inspiration has been taken from similar projects, like the popular Gromit Unleashed trail in Bristol.
The artists are being organised by artistic director for the project Charlotte Hill, who got involved in the project as she set up her own business, artventure, selling affordable art and setting up exhibitions in interesting and innovative locations.
“We have some phenomenal ideas from some fab artists,” explained Charlotte, 23. “Artists have come forward, including Jane Callan, who has worked on similar projects including the gorillas in and around Devon, we have Mary Rose Young, a ceramicist who exhibits all over the UK. We are also pleased to announce that we have signed up Sophie Ryder, who is responsible for the Minotaur and Hare sculpture on Cheltenham promenade.
“There is a real buzz about the project and what it can do for the area,” she added.
Cirencester residents have already shown interest and enthusiasm in the festival, with mayor Joe Harris saying Cirencester was finally growing from a small Cotswold town to a place where exciting things were starting to happen. President of Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Anthony Flynn also welcomed the initiative and said it was a great idea to help boost the local economy.
The festival is being run by the Cirencester Community Development Trust with proceeds from the sale of hares going to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust for the development of the Churn walkway.
For more information, or to sponsor a hare call 01285 655646 or visit cirencesterharefestival.org.uk
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