Local artists are being urged to get involved in a new summer initiative to encourage people to be outdoors and taking part in gentle exercise.

Erewash Borough Council will launch its Virtual Art Trail in August - but first needs to get artwork in place from the local community. The council’s arts development and sport and health development teams have been working with reality app TagTapAR and other partners to make the trail ‘live’.

The trail will give those taking part the chance to walk through the borough, with the free app giving them access to a virtual art gallery at specified points along the route and the chance to admire art produced by the local community.

Schools, community groups and independent artists are encouraged to submit work and the project is seen as a great opportunity for children, families and creatives in Erewash to work together.
The artwork must be themed around the environment and meet the brief: ‘dreams for a brighter more sustainable future’.

Councillor Paul Maginnis, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing at Erewash Borough Council, says:
“The Arts Trail is an innovative way for residents to enjoy the benefits of walking and appreciate some thoughtful art on the important matter of sustainability. The trail is set to be a wonderful opportunity for families to get outside in the summer, look after their wellbeing and get involved with a creative event that involves the whole borough.”

All artwork must be submitted by high resolution jpg images that are scaled to a square ahead of the deadline of Tuesday 5 July. Distorted images and images of real photographed people cannot be accepted. There is no limit on the number of pieces that can be submitted. Alongside each entry, please include a 500 word or less description of your dream future; the name of the school or community group if applicable; and state if the work was completed in collaboration with others or by a single person.

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