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BOOKBENCH PROJECT

A DISTRICT-WIDE DISPLAY OF BOOKBENCH SCULPTURES INSPIRED
BY JOURNEYS, ADVENTURE, FREEDOM AND PIONEERING SPIRIT.

Win a BookBench!

More than 30 million people can trace their ancestry to the 102 passengers and approximately 30 crew who sailed on the Mayflower for a new life in the New World.

2020 is the 400th anniversary of the ship setting sail and to celebrate the region’s links to this important historical event we are launching an exciting design competition for local schools, colleges and North Notts BID members. The designs will be inspired by journeys, adventure, freedom and pioneering spirit.

In addition, the BookBenches will celebrate North Notts’ heritage, culture and environment: past, present and future.

Competition winners will have the opportunity to decorate a book-shaped bench sculpture, which will be exhibited as part of a high-profile art trail in towns and other areas of North Notts. There are 40 benches in total.

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'The Golden Peacock' by Sian Storey for Wild in Art's
Sitting with Jane art trail in Basingstoke 2017.

Competition Timeline

5pm Friday 29th November 2019 – Deadline for submissions

December 2019 – Winners announced

January 2020 – Winners briefing session

February 2020 – The BookBenches will be delivered

SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN

'Female Power' by Fatima Pantoja
for Wild in Art's Sitting
with Jane art trail in Basingstoke 2017.

The Art Trail

The BookBenches will be displayed in high profile indoor and outdoor locations to form an art trail from mid-June for 10 weeks, where they will be available for the public to view and access and use as benches throughout the summer.

They will all be linked by a printed trail map and website.

Once the trail has ended, the BookBenches will return to the competition winners.

'Beyond the Birdcage' by Katy Stevens for Wild in Art's Sitting with Jane art trail in Basingstoke 2017.