About Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative
How did it begin?
In 2006 Ellesmere in Shropshire was chosen as the only UK partner for an ambitious international touring exhibition of sculpture in the landscape. The exhibition 'Extramuros' was launched in Ellesmere in March 2007 and toured Spain and Portugal until the summer of 2008.
What happened next?
Following 'Extramuros', a group of volunteers set up the Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative to develop the vision of creating a sculpture in the landscape trail through a series of events and projects featuring the work of international contemporary artists. These artists would, where possible, use materials from the local environment and their works would be placed around the town to form the Ellesmere Sculpture Trail. Since 2009 there have been a series of three annual symposia plus four other individual sculpture projects.