Opportunity to bid for experts’ specially made stone carvings

May 03 2018
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A STONE carving festival in Wells will culminate in an auction of carvings produced by the professional craftsmen taking part in the event.

A group of talented artists from across the country are being challenged to create a stone sculpture in just two and a half days. Taking place over the May Day bank holiday weekend (May 5-7) at The Bishop’s Barn, the artists will be provided with the same size block of local limestone and given the brief of Medieval England: Knights, Bishops & Kings from which to draw their inspiration.

Visitors can expect to see the carvers use traditional tools and skills to produce an array of sculptures or reliefs covering everything from heraldry to the church, crusades to the crown, grotesques, peasants and iconography – both traditional and contemporary interpretations.

On Monday, May 7, at 2pm, all of the sculptures will be available to bid on by the public and the carvers of the best sculptures, as judged by the public, will be presented with their prizes.

“They will be unique, handmade sculptures made by professional artists and craftsmen,” said festival organiser Paul Roddan, owner of P Roddan Stonemason.

“All proceeds will go to the Bishop’s Barn.”

There will be a ‘have a go’ stand during the festival where children and adults can test their own carving and letter cuttings skills, as well as a chance to win a unique sculpture created especially for the event.

“Wells is world famous for its historic buildings and stone carvings so is the perfect place to hold a festival inviting craftsmen and artists from around the country to showcase their skills,” said Paul.

“It’s a great opportunity to reconnect the public with this ancient craft and for the artists to unleash their creativity. We’ll have some food, music and talks alongside the carving so there will be plenty to see and do.”

The festival is part of the Into the Barn scheme which will bring events, performances and festivals to The Bishop’s Barn and surrounding Recreation Ground throughout 2018.

Paul added: “I’m really looking forward to supporting the barn and hope the festival plays a small part in bringing this fantastic building back to life.”