Re-imaging the Ring Challenge

“Mum, What can I do….?”

Know that feeling at the beginning of school hols?  Here is a challenge:  the Rollright Trust has linked up with the OYAP Trust Arts charity to inspire young people to make sculptures for display at the ancient Rollright Stones near Chipping Norton over the summer holidays.

Over the millennia the famous King’s Men stone circle was depleted by people taking stones for other uses – with legends to match about the awful things that happen if you disturb them… and how they are now uncountable!!  The Rollright Trust which looks after the Stones now wants to use the summer holiday to recreate the stone circle’s original sense of enclosure by filling the gaps with imaginative sculptures made by young people aged between 7 and 25. 

The project is entitled ‘Re-imagining the Ring’ and three primary schools are already taking part;  but we now need some more pieces to fill more of the gaps, inspired by the stones, the many legends attached to them, aspects of prehistoric life, or simply the contrast between ancient and modern. 

The public exhibition stage of the project will start at the end of July and run till 9th of September.  If you wish to take part, ideas need to be submitted any time from now till 3rd August and actual sculpture pieces can be submitted from now until the 17th August.  On Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August, there will be a Family Fun Day at the Stones with lots of family-friendly activities from prehistoric crafts to a Dr Who exhibition, and at 12 noon a celebration of the sculpture project.  This will include the award of prizes of up to £150 for the best sculptures.  

Participants will be given the opportunity to be mentored by a professional artist at OYAP Trust’s studios in Bicester where finished pieces will also need to be delivered.

The project is part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and is due to figure in a TV programme about stone circles in Britain being made for broadcast to an international audience next March by NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, the Japanese equivalent of the BBC.

For full details and briefing about how to take part please email carmen@oyap.org.uk

For details of the Rollright Trust’s Family Fun Day on 27th August please see the Trust’s website http://www.rollrightstones.co.uk/news

 Carmen Hoepper, Project Manager of the OYAP Trust said “We were thrilled when the Rollright Trust approached us with project idea and their dynamic approach to heritage. The project has highlighted how creativity and heritage can work together to provide inspiration, insight and understanding into how we interact with the world around us. I have been amazed by the range of design ideas and the diverse conversation topics that the project has encouraged young people to have, from pre-history to Minecraft to Norse mythology! The project has demonstrated the way the Arts are able to explore and make meaningful connections between multiple subject areas, especialy in the school environment. 

George Lambrick, Chairman of the Rollright Trust said “This idea has been brewing for years, and we are delighted that the OYAP Trust has taken up the practical challenge of inspiring young people in this way and thereby help us to get people to rethink their perceptions of this ancient space and how it might have been used.  The Trust’s approach to looking after the Stones is to celebrate their relevance as a place of special meaning in today’s world not just a heap of old rocks.  Temporary art projects are a brilliant way of doing this without compromising the long term conservation of the site.”   

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