Knights to march on Lincoln in 2017! Businesses are being offered another fantastic opportunity to get themselves noticed by signing-up to be part of a special public art event taking place in 2017.
Lincoln BIG announced that it has devised The Lincoln Knights’ Trail – which will form part of the 2017 800th anniversary commemorations of The Battle of Lincoln Fair and the sealing of Charter of the Forest.
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, news of which follows hot on the heels of the success of last year’s 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.
But the 2017 Trail promises to be even bigger and hopefully, at the end of the day, another set of sculptures, which will be unique to Lincoln, will raise even more money for another good cause. The charity partner is the locally-based homeless charity The Nomad Trust.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said:
“We are planning to have 35 Knight sculptures featured in the trail. Like the Barons, they will be situated at various points throughout the streets of the city.
“The historical theme behind the Trail offers us a superb opportunity to launch an education programme alongside, with the EBP, and get schools across Lincolnshire involved.
“Following the success of the 2015 Lincoln Charter Barons Trail, a number of businesses have already committed to sponsoring a Knight, but there are still opportunities for others to support this event, which will run from May 20 to September 3, 2017.”
At the end of the Trail, the Knights will be auctioned at Lincoln Cathedral. 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.
“Our sponsor will get to select an artist to decorate their Knight sculpture, who will draw up designs according to suggestions sponsors put forward, and which will include their company name and logo displayed on a plinth,” said Mr Corrigan.
Each company will be invited to view and be consulted on designs submitted by local artists. This means that each business sponsor has the chance to get their staff, customers and associates engaged and influence the ultimate design of their Knight.
“Businesses will also be able to use their Knight and the overall Trail to raise their brand and profile. Their company details will be featured on the Lincoln Knights’ Trail website and they will be invited to official Knights’ Trail events and, of course, have the opportunity to create press and social media stories linked to their marketing materials and website,” said Mr Corrigan.
Lincoln BIG’s sister organisation Visit Lincoln is also organising a treasure hunt encouraging people to “collect” all of the Knights.
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.
Wild in Art Director Sally-Ann Wilkinson said:
“We are delighted to be working with Lincoln BIG on this event which will bring visual art and history to life.
“Our events are designed to bring the enjoyment of public art to everyone while offering new ways to explore the hidden gems of the city. We hope that businesses will recognise the cultural benefits of sponsoring a knight as well as the positives for the local community.
It will be a fantastic spectacle and is an excellent way to raise funds for The Nomad Trust.”
For more information, please visit www.knightstrail.com.
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