This is a quick post while I juggle the heat and wine of the last of the summer days and finishing some deadlines before the Autumn kicks in.
It was about this time last year that I was commissioned to create a map for the Follow that Hare project at the Mead Gallery. The hand drawn map shows a nature and art trail starting at the gallery in Warwick Arts Centre and around the University of Warwick Campus where it’s based. I was excited to hear that the Follow that Hare project, with an updated trail and map, would be appearing on BBC 1’s ‘Countryfile’ programme – prime-time Sunday night TV viewing in the UK on 25th August 2019.
The project takes walkers past the University Gallery collection of sculptures (with some exciting brand new additions) alongside the natural sights and sounds of the fields, woodlands and lakes in the grounds. There are mini-backpacks for children with specially created Nature Field Guides (fun quizzes, facts and tasks) and pencils, binoculars and picnic blankets.
The map turned out to be so popular it was even used on an official card by the University to thank their patrons.
For those of you who don’t know or can’t access British television easily, ‘Countryfile’ has been airing for the past 25 years on the BBC and reports on rural and farming issues. It’s consistently one of the most viewed programmes on UK telly so I’m very proud to be associated with this (almost) national institution.
In celebration, a small party was held to watch the episode – a few fleeting seconds of fame and a credit at the end – with a strict dress code of wellies.
And what’s more, I’ll be announcing another Mead Gallery trail map involving Highwaymen and Dinosaurs in the next few weeks…