In-house artists Claire Thompson and Anna Roberts will create a design to showcase the internationally-renowned theatre, which sits just off Derby Road in the city centre. Visitors following the Hoodwinked trail will discover the theatre’s spacious modernist building fronted by Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, one of the city’s most popular landmarks.
Nottingham Playhouse has been one of the UK’s leading producing theatres since its foundation in 1948. Under the current leadership of Artistic Director Adam Penford and Chief Executive Stephanie Sirr the Playhouse enjoys an international profile.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said:
“Hoodwinked will be an excellent way for local people and tourists to discover and explore different aspects of the city, and the Playhouse will be a highlight of the trail route for many of them. It’s also a brilliant opportunity for the talented paintshop team, who create a stunning range of sets for the stage, to show off their creative skills to the wider community.”
Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse, said:
“We can’t wait to unveil our contribution to Hoodwinked – what a great project and great chance to showcase the talent of our city.”
The Hoodwinked sculpture trail will run in Nottingham from 7 July to 30 September, with around 30 sculptures to discover. The trail is a twist on the tale of Robin Hood, with our legendary outlaw transformed into a robin. Each sculpture will be an identical shape but painted individually by artists to create a unique and colourful trail.
After 12 weeks on the streets, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for Nottinghamshire Hospice.
Hoodwinked is led by Nottingham City Council in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading creative producer of spectacular free public art events in the UK and beyond through the creation of uniquely-painted sculptures.
Photo credit: Drew Baumohl