The Norfolk Way Art Trail 2022
A series of dynamic new artworks
The EXPERIENCE project at Norfolk County Council is commissioning a series of dynamic new artworks to form the Norfolk Way Art Trail, an exciting outdoor public art trail spanning 250 miles of Norfolk, England.
Proposals have been invited from artists to respond to locations along the Norfolk Way Trail and to design multi-sensory, accessible public artworks that will engage local communities, reveal hidden stories and inspire visitors to explore the county between October – March.
This online exhibition showcases our top 15 finalists – and we want you to help us choose! Here you can explore each of the artworks proposed and let us know which you would like to see brought to life in Norfolk. You have until midnight on the 11th January 2022 to cast your likes. The selected artwork for each location will be announced on the 25th of January 2022.
This initiative is funded by EXPERIENCE a €23.3 million project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme. Led by Norfolk County Council, it aims to deliver innovative and sustainable growth via a new tourism strategy. It is project-managed by Creative Giants.
King’s Lynn is steeped in maritime trading history, has strong links with Europe and is a proud member of the Hanseatic League, which it has been part of for centuries.
Situated on the Western edge of Norfolk, its sense of space, fresh air rolling in off the river, its fishing community, characterful rural villages and unspoilt wildlands are all part of its identity. It is also home to Britain’s oldest working theatre, the 15th Century Guildhall where it is it is believed that Shakespeare himself may have performed. Boal Quay is an important gateway into King’s Lynn and offers a wonderful focal point for a new commission.
Applications were invited for an enlivening artwork, inviting visitors to embrace the area’s integral outdoors offer.
This section of the North Walsham and Dilham Canal was transformed by its owner Laurie Ashton, who sadly passed away recently. He dedicated 20 years of his life to opening up the area as a waterway for the community, creating somewhere for people to come and relax. He cleared silt and laid 60,000 bricks by hand to restore Bacton Wood Lock and renovated it to make the area the haven it is today.
Wild swimmers, model boaters, canoers, families, anglers and walkers are attracted to the site and North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust volunteers upkeep the area with great care, seeing it as a ‘green gym’, a place for enhancement of personal wellbeing. During the pandemic this harmonious spot has experienced an increased number of visitors, celebrating its wildlife, nature, peace, fauna and flora.
Laurie was the owner of the canal and a brilliant engineer. Applications are invited for artworks that celebrate Laurie’s vision for the area.