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New Time to Connect Art Trail links six stunning nature and heritage sites across Nottinghamshire

A new arts trail connecting six locations across Nottinghamshire encourages communities and visitors to take the ‘time to connect’ with heritage and nature in their local surroundings.

The new Time to Connect trail features a series of six artworks created and installed by artist and sculptor Chris Campbell based at the sites of Papplewick Pumping Station, Newstead Abbey, RSPB Sherwood Forest, Rufford Abbey, Vicar Water Country Park and Bestwood Country Park.

Peacock sculpture Newstead Abbey scaled
Peacock sculpture Newstead Abbey

Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries and the Miner2Major Landscape Partnership Scheme (supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund) collaborated on the project to connect local artists, venues and community groups to help leave a legacy of artworks in key locations across Sherwood Forest.

Sculpture at Bestwood Country Park scaled
Sculpture at Bestwood Country Park

The trail is the result of Inspire and Miner2Major’s work with The Big Draw, and was sparked by the 2023 theme #DrawingwithSenses to connect communities with nature and the world around us through sensory exploration.

Sculpture at Newstead Abbey scaled
Sculpture at Newstead Abbey

Visual artists Mandy Keating, Tracey Meek and Chris Campbell teamed up with local groups and school children to create drawings inspired by Nottinghamshire’s heritage and landscapes, and the artwork from those workshops has been used by Chris in his designs for the sculptures along the trail.

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Sculpture at Papplewick Pumping Station With Alistair Morrison left Chris Campbell right scaled
Sculpture at Papplewick Pumping Station, With Alistair Morrison left, Chris Campbell right

Groups involved in the project include children from the 28th Nottingham Boys Brigade and Girls Association, Newstead Primary School, Beardall Fields Primary and Nursery School, Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy, 1st Edwinstowe Rainbows and Brownies and 1st Clipstone Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Each sculpture on the trail invites you to Take ‘Time to Connect’ with this place and with each other.

Sculpture at Rufford Abbey scaled
Sculpture at Rufford Abbey

The trail is part of a wider national project led by renowned portrait photographer, Alistair Morrison.

Alistair has created Time to Connect, photographing people and places around the UK, and Nottinghamshire is the starting point for this journey.

Bench at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre scaled
Bench at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

The Time to Connect project is the largest undertaking of his career; a five-year journey will take Alistair the length and breadth of the nation in a converted camper van to capture a portrait of the UK, post Brexit, post pandemic, to document people and places from all walks of life.

Central to the project is Alistair’s mission to meet and connect with people of diverse backgrounds across all 100 counties of the UK.

Alistair will be capturing the journey and people’s stories through his camera lens as well as through film and podcasts.

Alistair is connecting with local artists, sculptors, makers, designers, gardeners and creatives, who are creating beautiful pieces of art in each of the 100 counties; inviting people to visit, appreciate and take time to reflect while viewing them.

Nottinghamshire’s Time to Connect trail is the first of these artistic projects to be completed.

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