Bridge Radio is following the pony trail! DJ Mark Williams will be keeping you up to date on progress of the project, including an on-air interview with me, Claire Starmer-Jones, on Friday 4th December at 3pm and Friday 23rd April at 1pm.
Stourbridge News is following the pony trail! Chief reporter, Bev Holder will be keping readers up to date on project progress throughout spring and summer.
All schools taking part in the project will receive their pony around Easter. They will have the whole summer term to bring the sculpture to life. Schools taking part and artists working with the school include:
Blowers Green Primary School – Denise Stanton artist
Brierley Hill Primary – Alison Barton artist
Brook Primary School – School’s own artist
Cotwall End Primary – Nicci Barnes artist
Dudley Wood Primary – Anne Guest artist
Foxyards Primary – Natalie Gore artist
Jessons Primary – Denise Stanton artist
Milking Bank Primary – Ilona Bryan artist
Netherbrook Primary – Anne Guest artist
Netherton C of E Primary – Teresa Crawford – Docherty artist
Northfield Road Primary – Anne Crawford-Docherty artist
Peters Hill Secondary – Justine Chamberlain artist
Oldswinford Hospital School Secondary – Tim Nash artist (2 ponies)
Redhill High School – working with Oldswinford Hospital School
Summerhill Secondary – School’s own artist
Thorns Secondary – John Chiverton artist
Wordsley Secondary – Tony While artist
Glasshouse College – Keith Brocklehurst artist
Stourbridge College – Rachel Griffiths artist
Pony 30: Dudley Performing Arts’ touring pony
Dudley Performing Arts’ has adopted ‘Gerald’ the pony to tour around the borough to raise awareness of the project in libraries, museums, galleries, tourist information offices etc. Keep an eye out for him in and around Dudley prior to the launch in July.
Pony trail launch: 2nd, 3rd & 4th July at Himley Hall & Park
The launch will take place at Dudley Performing Arts’ summer festival on 2nd, 3rd and 4th July 2010 at Himley Hall & Park. Come and see the paddock with all ponies on display. The Friends of Dudley Performing Arts will be looking after the ponies in their paddock and making sure they are comfortable during their 3 day visit to Himley. dpa festival poster 10
Pony Trail: July, August and September 2010 in and around Brierley Hill
The trail routes have been established and take you on a tour of Brierley Hill, starting and ending at Moor Street car park. Routes of differing walking abilities will be identified and ponies positioned along them. Can you find your pony?
Moor Street car park – START
Embankment – Merry Hill
Moor Street car park – END
Pony auction: October 4th 2010 at Copthorne Hotel 7pm
Want to buy one of the sculptures? You can at the pony auction next October. Prices will start at £600 reserve. For expressions of interest for a pony please contact Claire Starmer-Jones on 01384 813943.
The trail forms a loop around Brierley Hill. Start at Moor Centre car park.
End: Moor Centre car park
Ponies will be sited along this walking trail at varying locations – will you be able to spot them all?
Any businesses, organisations, or individuals along the trail route wishing to display a pony at their premises can express interest by contacting me, Claire Starmer-Jones on 01384 813943.
Maps of the trail will be available to buy when the project goes live in summer.
I will be out and about in Brierley Hill with John Lindsey from DMBC’s environmental services assessing suitable plots over the next few weeks. The sculptures located on pavements will be screwed onto paving slabs for the duration of the project and all slabs will be replaced once the sculptures are removed. John Lindsey’s team will be inspecting the ponies at regular intervals over the live project period to notify me of any damage or vandalism to the sculptures.
Once the ponies go out on the streets, you can keep me updated on their condition too, through these blog pages or calling me on the number above.
GRP have been busy creating moulds of Pamina’s original pony sculpture and turning them into replicas at a rate of one a day. Each blank pony is then delivered to a school to begin its colourful transformation.
Many thanks to those organisations enabling the project to take place.
Each pony costs £500 in sponsorship to bring it to life. Many schools would like to be involved in this project but are unable to raise the funds to sponsor a pony. If you are an organisation, business or individual wishing to take part in the sculpture trail and would like to sponsor a pony on behalf of a school then please contact Claire Starmer-Jones on 01384 813943. All sponsorship needs to be in by the end of February 2010. If you are late to the project but would like to sponsor a pony, please call Claire.
Sorry, but we are out of ponies to sponsor! Thanks to everyone who has sponsored one of the Brierley Hill ponies.