Want to help paint a masterpiece?

Not everyday you get invited to take part in painting a masterpiece but that is exactly what is on offer next month at the amazing IronArt forge in Bath’s Larkhall district.

Last year the city’s Parade Gardens hosted the first ever Festival of Ironwork and – besides all the events for the thousands who flocked there – eight master blacksmiths got down to the job of creating a masterpiece and a unique gift for Bath.

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The Master Blacksmiths at work on their individual panels for the bandstand.

They have created panels for a new balustrade for the bandstand in the gardens and these will be set in the middle of an iron worked musical score.

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The unique panels are now at IronArt in Larkhall.

All those notes need painting – and that’s where you can leave your mark on a new piece of city heritage – as Andy Thearle explains.

Three of the unique panels are still in need of a sponsor. Five thousand pound will get your name included on the artwork to be installed. The three are…..

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Dancing figure by Pete Clutterbuck

Look on the National Heritage Ironwork Group website – http://www.nhig.org.uk – for more information.

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Celtic Harp by Gerard Loughran

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‘Big Brass’ by Scottish Master Shona Johnson. This is one of the staircase sides.

If that’s a little out of your price range you can still sponsor a note – for £20 – via https://localgiving.org/appeal/bathiron/

This three-year long project is certainly creating one of the most original artworks produced for this city in years and l for one certainly hope the bandstand will be given a listing.

It’s not just about protecting old things but ensuring that the craftsmanship and artisanal skills of today can be safeguarded on their journey – as a new part of Bath’s heritage – into tomorrow.