Your help is needed by Artsfest!

John Calder has an important message for all TMA members and others interested in public art in Lyme Regis:

“The Arts Council has provided a substantial grant for the current 2016 Artsfest Sculpture Trail.  The work is on schedule, and we will be completely installed by the end of August and then after ArtsFest is over, the whole lot will be removed in October.  Possibly, it might never happen again.

However, we have a new opportunity for Arts Council funding under their Cultural Destinations programme.  By August 26th we will have submitted a new bid for funding that could, if awarded, kick start a new tradition for Lyme Regis – a constantly changing public art presence.

Unless I can show that audience feedback is being received and processed for the present sculpture trail, our new bid’s credibility will be diminished. So, I need to ask that anyone interested in seeing public art in the town ever again to please take ten minutes to undertake the online survey.

Of course, it makes no sense to do the survey if you have not seen the sculptures.  If you have seen at least ten sculptures you are in a position to express a relevant view (based on the ones you have seen). For the enthusiasts, who want to do it all, there are currently more than 20 out there to find. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Obtain a copy of the printed map (a dispenser is outside the Malthouse Gallery, on the old pitch and put green, and at the top of the East cliff steps, and they are available at the tourist office).
  2. Notice the colour coding – in general blue numbers denote an August installation – don’t get stressed out looking for blue ones.
  3.  Make notes about likes and dislikes as you go round – notice the name of the sculptures that matter one way or the other.

I am not urging anyone to provide glowing reports – welcome though that may be – what we need is engagement, and open communication.  So long as criticism is constructive it can be assimilated and perhaps I can improve matters. If you think something is great, well that we need to know too!  For those who feel it’s odd to do the survey before everything is in place, you will have the opportunity to do a completely new and more comprehensive survey in September but please don’t let that stop you doing this one now.

You’ll find the online survey on the ArtsFest web site here:

Quite separately, you can explore several interesting interpretive videos on the same web site starting at this page:

Thank you all for your patience and support!

Kind regards

John Calder
Curator, 2016 ArtsFest Sculpture Trail”