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Sculpture by the SeaSculpture on the Coast Project – Year of the Sea 2018

We are pleased to announce the start of our exciting new project – a special way-marking sculpture trail along the Gower Coastal Path. The sculpture trail will coincide with our annual Beach Sculpture Festival and will showcase contemporary Welsh arts in an adventurous, inspiring way. The project will give a distinctive cultural visual arts experience for all and encourage active lifestyles.

Five site specific way-marking sculptures in total are being created especially for the trail between Mumbles and Rhossili by our artists using concepts inspired by the 2018 theme Year of The Sea. The artists involved are Ami Marsden, Tina Cunningham and Sara Holden. The first sculpture of our special way-marking sculpture trail for the Gower Coastal path has been installed at Horton Beach, Gower – a Surf Arch designed and made by Sara Holden.

The special sculpture trail along the coastal path will educate, involve, inspire and motivate people of all ages, abilities and cultures from both the tourism and community sectors. The aim is to showcase the beauty and diversity of the Welsh coastal sea and landscapes by encouraging people to discover, view and explore Gower using the interconnecting coastal path with its stunning views and breath-taking proximity to the ocean. Through creating this special sculpture trail, we wish to bring visual arts into the public domain making it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to understand, enjoy, and actively engage with the arts. We anticipate that that this will be an exciting, interesting, thought provoking, adventurous project. As a major cultural feature in the Wales Tourist calendar, it will inspire visitors to visit beautiful Wales and take part in our fantastic open air event.

The project will incorporate educational, adventurous, fun and discovery aspects with a trail quiz that can be solved by following the sculpture trail map and revealing the secrets behind the artworks. This inspiring activity will give the opportunity for everyone to enjoy a healthy and fit lifestyle as they enjoy beautiful scenery and engage with culture and history along the trail. The sculptures will be placed on different places along the coastal path so people could follow the trail over several days if they wish, leisurely stopping off at various points to visit the many lovely Gower beaches or other scenic beauty spots. The trail will link in with our annual Beach Sculpture Festival which will be run for the fourteenth year in July 2018 at various beaches on Gower, including Bracelet Bay, Caswell, Oxwich and Port Eynon. As the project unfolds, we will be posting all new developments and details about the sculpture trail including designs and locations on our website

The sculpture trail will link in with our annual Festival –

WHAT: Beach Sculpture Festival 2018 / Gwyl Cerfluniau Traeth 2018


Wednesday, 25th July – Caswell Beach

Thursday, 26th July – Oxwich Beach

Friday, 27th July – Port Eynon Beach

Saturday, 28th July – Bracelet Bay

Sunday, 29th July – Blackpill Beach (by Lido)

TIMES: Between 10.00 am and 4.00p.m. FREE Drop in workshop (all ages and abilities welcome).

The project has been part funded via the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund which aims to encourage new innovative product ideas working in partnership which will have a greater impact and attract more visitors

Mae’r prosiect wedi cael ei ariannu drwy Gronfa Arloesi Cynnyrch Twristiaeth Llywodraeth Cymru sy’n anelu at annog syniadau cynnyrch arloesol newydd trwy weithio mewn partneriaeth er mwyn cael mwy o effaith a denu mwy o ymwelwyr

Other sponsors include AONB, City and County of Swansea, Mumbles Community Council, Wales Coast Path / NRW and National Trust, UWTSD, SCVS, Beach House, Oxwich Bay Hotel, Castellamare and MDT. Project Photography by Phil Holden

All Press Enquiries to Sara Holden Tel: 01792 367571,