Gloucestershire sculptors invited to produce new artwork to sit alongside Stroud canal

SCULPTORS in the county are being offered a once in a lifetime chance to team-up with the world famous sculpture producers Pangolin Editions.

Working in partnership with the Cotswold Canals project, the Chalford-based company has agreed to sponsor a competition for a sculptor to design and produce a signature artwork to sit alongside the newly restored canal at Capel’s Mill in Stroud.

The successful sculptor will work with Pangolin craftsmen to create the flagship piece of art from recycled metal and other materials left over from the company’s production processes.

A cash payment of £,2500 will also be awarded to the winner of the competition.

“This is an exciting opportunity for someone to create a permanent piece of public art and gain the experience of working with our skilled team,” said Rungwe Kingdon, director of Pangolin Editions.

“It’s also a chance for us to show our support for the canal restoration, which we think is the best thing to happen in the area for many years”. Jack Telling, chairman of the Cotswold Canals Trust, said: “This demonstrates that the appeal of the canal goes far beyond water, boats and history.

“Pangolin’s generous sponsorship is very much appreciated and I’m sure that we will get a great response.”

Entries will be judged by a panel comprising local artists, Pangolin Editions and representatives of Cotswold Canals Trust and Stroud District Council.

Details of the competition, which is open to sculptors living or working in Gloucestershire or South Gloucestershire, can be found at www.cotswoldcanals.com

Closing date for entries is Thursday, February 6.

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