Local Art Group’s Latest Competition Inspired by Aviation Heritage

Ahead of the highly anticipated new museum opening in late summer, Aerospace Bristol has selected a trio of high-flying artists as the winners of a competition inspired by Filton’s aviation heritage.

We have often shared the artwork of The Stokes Art Group (SAG) in previous issues of both Bradley Stoke Matters and Little Stoke Gifford Matters and the group is close to our hearts having been initiated by local resident Susan Hartry with the help of articles in our local community magazines back in 2011.Matters was pleased to be invited along to meet the group and judge it’s very first competition in spring 2012 and also to be invited back in November 2016 to judge the five year anniversary project too, both entitled “Where We Live”.  For more information on the group and to look at past projects, their website is http://stokesart0.wixsite.com/stokes-art-group

As well as taking pride in their art, the group are extremely proud of the link that many of their members share with the local aerospace industry and were keen to celebrate Concorde’s arrival into her new home at Aerospace Bristol.  Aerospace Bristol was therefore asked to judge the group’s latest competition themed around Filton’s aviation heritage.

Reflecting the story that will be told in the Aerospace Bristol exhibition later this summer, the group produced a collection of 18 artworks depicting aircraft spanning more than a century of fascinating aviation history; from Boxkite biplanes to Concorde and on to the modern day.

After careful deliberation, the three winners chosen by Aerospace Bristol were:

Winner: Concorde 2017 Home from Home, by Susan Hartry (watercolour)

Runner-up: We Love Concorde, by Sue Kelly (watercolour)

3rd place: Concorde Assembly Line, by Sara Smith (mixed media)

Working with local people and groups like Stokes Art Group, Aerospace Bristol aims to conserve Bristol’s aerospace heritage and celebrate the world class achievements of our aerospace industry. To play your part in keeping Concorde’s memory alive, visit aerospacebristol.org/donate and give a gift that will help to inspire the next generation of engineer.

This update was first published in the June edition of Little Stoke Gifford Matters – available to view online here 

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