Knights march on Lincoln!
The 36 sculptures of the Lincoln Knights’ Trail raised nearly £180,000 in a thrilling auction in Lincoln Cathedral on Saturday 30 September.
Hundreds of expectant Knights’ fans gathered in the Nave for the sale and, after days of hot speculation, it was the Knight of the Skies – signed by the last surviving Dambuster, Johnny Johnson MBE – which attracted the big money. A mighty cheer went up when it was snapped-up by its sponsor Game Engineering for £15,000.
Two-thirds of the auction proceeds will go to The Nomad Trust to allow it to build more accommodation for homeless people. The remaining third will be used to create a ring-fenced Art and Innovation Fund for the city to deliver future public art and events aimed at attracting people to the city.
20 May – 3 September 2017
Lincoln is the only place where the 1215 Magna Carta and 1217 Charter of the Forest can be seen side by side.
Once again, Lincoln BIG has teamed-up with Wild in Art to create this exciting new Trail. It follows hot on the heels of the success of Lincoln Charter Barons’ Trail, which went down a storm with local people, tourists and sponsoring businesses and raised £167,000 for charity when the sculptures were auctioned.
The sculpture are unique to Lincoln and will raise even more money for another good cause. The charity partner is the locally-based homeless charity The Nomad Trust.
At the end of the Trail all 36 knights will be reunited at Lincoln Castle from Wednesday 20 to Wednesday 27 September, for one last time before being auctioned off for charity.
The trail of 45 half-size Knights will enjoy a reunion during September at Waterside Shopping Centre before returning the schools that designed them.
Knights will be auctioned at Lincoln Cathedral on 30 September. Two-thirds of the proceeds will go to The Nomad Trust to allow it to build more accommodation for homeless people.
The remaining third will be used to create a ring-fenced Art and Innovation Fund for the city to deliver future public art and events aimed at attracting people to the city.
The knight sculpture has been created by Wild in Art’s Creative Director Chris Wilkinson and it will be the perfect canvas to showcase the artistic talent of Lincoln.
For more information, please visit www.knightstrail.com.
Read all about it in the Lincolnshire Echo.