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 other individual sculpture projects.
The aim of the Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative is to populate a trail around the Ellesmere landscape with sculptures, initially produced during three annual international symposia. The Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative continues with the current
2021 Sculptures and Labyrinth project (ran from 2018-2021)
2015 Willow Project, an environmental project for Cremone Gardens.
2012 Canal Etchings, views of particular landscapes at each of five sites along the canal.
Each symposium is held at a specific location and with specific materials; both reflecting a major aspect of the unique area around the town.
2011 symposium, based by the Mere in the Cremorne Gardens and used wood mainly from local trees.
(click on each year for further details)