14 September 2018
After 16 weeks the Winterton Sculpture Trail comes to an end today (Friday 14 September).
The Winterton Sculpture Trail comprised of 26 tractor and owl sculptures located around the town, each created by community groups in a series of workshops by local artists Fiona Caley and Mandy Keating.
The project was delivered by lottery funded organisation Winterton 2022, and the organisers have hailed the event a ‘huge success’.
A selection of the tractor and owl sculptures that formed the trail will now be auctioned off at All Saints Church, Winterton on Saturday 22 September starting at 2pm.
Daniel Redhead Winterton Sculpture Trail Project Coordinator said: “The success of the Winterton Sculpture Trail has far exceeded our expectations. We have had visitors from all over the country visit Winterton to see the artwork on display, with people travelling from as far as Essex. We even had a group of American tourists who were staying in the area follow the trail, along with our French friends from Saffre, France during a twinning visit.
The sculptures have been located in the gardens of residents and at community hubs throughout the summer. Among those hosting a sculpture was Gary Hepworth of Dale Park Avenue, after his grandchildren who encouraged him to do so.
“We like to join in local community activities, and our grandchildren were really excited about having one of the tractors in our garden”, said Gary.
“We have had lots of people following the Winterton Sculpture Trail and have often invited them into the garden to have a better look at the tractor. Everyone seems to have enjoyed following the trail – especially the children.”
“One of our friends came from Scunthorpe to follow the Winterton Sculpture Trail and said that she had only ever driven through Winterton before and didn’t realise what a lovely place it was.
“We think that the Winterton Sculpture Trail is a credit to Winterton and Winterton 2022 who organised it. We have been to similar events in Hull and it’s great that a place the size of Winterton can put on such a successful event. We feel very proud to have been part of it.”
Winterton Library hosted a unique ‘doodle tractor’ allowing visitors to draw on a tractor sculpture, which proved to be a huge hit. The new facility that opened in March 2017 has received an increase in users due to the Winterton Sculpture Trail.
Suzanne Harper, Customer Service Centre Supervisor at Winterton Library, Link and Fitness Centre said, “Everyone has been very positive about the doodle tractor, we’ve had lots of comments about how impressive it looks, and what a great idea it is. The public - both children and adults - have enjoyed being able to write or draw on it.”
“The Winterton Sculpture Trail has certainly brought more visitors to the town, involved families and children, and given people something interesting to take part in.”
“We have witnessed a number of new faces to the site as a result of the sculpture trail which has resulted in a few new recruits to the library and increased awareness of what is on offer at the site, so very good for publicity.”
“I think it has been a really successful project.”
For fourteen of the sculptures the groups that created them will be keeping them, for the remaining 12 they will be auctioned with the funds raised from the sale being equally split between the Winterton Junior School Friends and Parents Group, Winterton Youth Club, and Winterton Disabled Club following a vote by residents on Facebook.
Daniel went on to say, “This project has been the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people over a period of two years. So seeing the sculptures removed from display today is quite sad, but we hope that the sculptures that are to be auctioned will generate a great amount of money for three very worthwhile causes to benefit the people of Winterton.”
“We couldn’t think of a better legacy for the trail than to give something back to the community of Winterton who have embraced and supported the Winterton Sculpture Trail. Visitors have always reported how warm and welcoming residents have been; it is a credit to the town.”
The auction will take place at All Saints Church, Winterton on Saturday 22 September starting at 2pm with viewings from 12 noon, and will be conducted by Andrew Baitson of Gilbert Baitson Auctioneers and Valuers, Hull, who will be conducting the auction free of charge in support of the charities.
Daniel said: “We are incredibly grateful to Andrew and the team at Gilbert Baitson for kindly supporting the Winterton Sculpture Auction. Andrew also auctioned the Hull Toads so we are confident that we are in safe hands!”
You can view the sculptures that are to be auctioned at the Winterton Tractor and Vintage Rally on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September at Winterton Show Ground and at All Saints Church on Wednesday 19 September between 2pm to 4pm. For more information visit www.winterton2022.org.uk/sculpturetrail/auction.