The aim of the Free Spirit Memorial Appeal is to raise the money to site a life-sized bronze statue of a horse at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Staffordshire. This tribute to the horse will celebrate their unfaltering service to mankind, whether in conflict and in the workplace as well as in sport, rehabilitation and education. The NMA is the UK’s dedicated centre of remembrance and this is the only memorial the NMA has granted to an animal in its own right. It has been reserved a special location and will form a lasting tribute so visitors can reflect on the bond between man and horse and the sacrifices made during the Great Wars. For the memorial itself, the celebrated animal (equine) sculptor Georgie Welch has produced a bronze Marquette of Free Spirit. An impression of the life size version can be seen by visiting the website www.freespiritmemorial.co.uk.
In order to raise the £250,000 needed to unveil the memorial by 2018 one of the fund-raising initiatives is a National School Art Competition.
In September 2014 ‘Free Spirit’ launched their ‘Image of a Horse’ fund raising art competition into primary and secondary schools across the UK.
Hobbycraft are kindly sponsoring all the prizes. The entries will be judged by a panel of professional artists and the winning contestants in each of the two age catorgories will be invited to the Crabbies Grand National 2015 festival at Aintree Racecourse in April 2015 to be presented with their prizes. Their artwork will be displayed for the duration of the festival.
The National Association of Head Teachers and the Dyslexia Association have endorsed the aims of this unique art project.
The competition is open to children between the ages of 5 – years. The categories are broken down to by ages:
5 -11 years (there will be 3 winners)
11-18 years (there will be 3 winners).
We are asking for a donation of £1 for each entry.
The closing date for entries has been extended and is now the 6 February 2015. Please contact us for an entry form.
Please feel free to visit the website www.freespiritmemorial.co.uk for more information and like our Facebook page at facebook.com/FreeSpiritHorseMemorial