Irwell sculpture trail
The irwell sculpture trail is changing
The Irwell Sculpture Trail is one of the largest public art schemes in the UK. Initially funded in 1997, the trail has included commissions from local, national and international artists over a 33 mile trail running from Rossendale, through Bury and into Salford.
A new Partnership was established in 2006 including Rossendale Council, Lancashire County Council, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council and Salford City Council and supported by Arts Council North West.
This Partnership has secured funding From Arts Council England to develop the Irwell Sculpture Trail further, including considering new routes which will link into local cultural attractions. Funding will also be invested in new technologies that will widen access and understanding of the localities and sculptures both on site and online at a newly developed website.
The Irwell Sculpture Trail is exploring ways to work with communities through consultation, their contribution of stories to complete our new interpretation and the development of a Friends of IST scheme.
Over 70 people took part in the consultation on the Irwell Sculpture Trail in April this year, giving us their opinions on the new routes and recording their stories and recollections about the Trail. People were supportive of the proposal to market circular routes or clusters along the length of the Trail and we're now working towards identifying the right places for waymarking on the routes and talking to artists about repairs to the existing artworks that need to take place.
You can view the current version of the circular routes on this map of The Irwell Sculpture Trail. Please note that work hasn't started yet on signposting the new routes. Sections of the Irwell Sculpture Trail in Rossendale are on public footpaths - if you venture out on the trail please dress appropriately.
Rossendale Borough Council and the Irwell Sculpture Trail Partnership have also teamed up with Active Spaces Rossendale to test out some of the new routes with the projects Tuesday Morning walking group.