Over the next few months budding artists in and around Bath will have the chance to carve their name into history – literally.
Facilitated by Bath Stone Group with support from the City of Bath College, members of the public will be encouraged to turn their hand to stone carving over the next five years as part of the Bath arts strategy.
Anyone who is interested in taking part is now able to pick up a cut block of Bath stone and a registration form from the City of Bath College Construction Skills Centre to create their very own stone carving, which could eventually become part of the city. Stone can be collected on Mondays and Wednesdays 10.00am to 15.00pm from reception
The designs will be selected by Crest Nicholson for inclusion into Bath Riverside and offered to BANES Council for wider incorporation into the cityscape, including the newly created public spaces on the Bath Riverside development such as parks and walkways.
Debbie Aplin, Managing Director for Bath Riverside develop Crest Nicholson said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone in Bath to leave a permanent representation within such a significant development. Anyone can have a go and contribute to a legacy, not only at Bath Riverside but through also the ongoing Bath Community Art Fund.
The project will run for the next five years and will use off-cuts of Bath stone from the Limpley Stoke mine.
Nigel Bryant, Head of Carving and Stone Conservation at the Construction Skills Centre (City of Bath College) said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone to try stone carving, and to have their design incorporated into the stonework of our historic city.
“The great thing about this project is that people of all ages and abilities can have a go and it’s a great way to introduce people to the range of courses we run. Everyone has a free reign in terms of the design, so we’re looking forward to seeing a diverse range of carvings from the people of Bath.”
Elaine Marson from Bath Stone Group added, ”Bath Stone is an iconic part of the city, and it is fantastic that Crest Nicholson are using it throughout the Bath Riverside development. We’re also delighted to be able to support this community arts project by offering off-cuts of Bath Stone for the project.”
Supplies of Bath stone off-cuts are limited, but more will become available throughout the duration of the project.
For further information download the Stone Carving Information Guide