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Public invited to share ideas and stories for new art trail in Rownhams

A new art trail has been commissioned by Test Valley Borough Council using developer’s contributions from the Broadleaf Park housing development. Using resident’s ideas and stories, small-scale artworks will be created to lead people from the urban space into the natural environment.

New Forest-based artist Nicola Henshaw has been commissioned to act as lead artist and Andover-based artist and poet Michael Johnson has been appointed into the mentee artist role, which exists to nurture and develop new local talent under the supervision of a more experienced artist.

The next workshop where the public can get involved will be a drop in event on the Broadleaf car park on Sunday 21 April from 2pm when residents once again have the chance to find out what’s been done so far, be part of helping to create the trail and get involved in interactive map and haiku poetry workshops with the artists. Suitable for all ages 8+.

Nicola and Michael will also be offering drop-in workshops at their art table at the Nursling & Rownhams’ May Fayre on Monday 6 May between midday and 4pm, as well as working with the children at Rownham’s School in the next few months to gather local material and input into the trail.

Michael said: "What a rip-roaring success the previous creative art workshops have all been in Rownhams! If you weren't able to attend the last couple of events, then you're all invited again to come along to the upcoming Nursling and Rownhams May Fayre and throw down your fresh ideas; all linked to your wonderful people and fabulous places. It's all about celebrating your recreational spaces through careful design and the creation of newly made special sculptures.”

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