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Artists have now been commissioned to design and paint BookBenches for Destination Basingstoke’s ‘Sitting With Jane’ project to celebrate Jane Austen’s life in and around Basingstoke, where she was born and lived half her life.

The Wild In Art event, delivered by Destination Basingstoke and in association with Festival Place, is a public art trail that will be staged in the summer of 2017.

The artists’ designs will painted onto a template ‘BookBench’, that acts as a 3D canvas – making the finished piece, not only a work of art, but an attractive piece of street furniture that will be accessible for all to see and sit on, to contemplate the artist, Jane Austen or the scene and landscape where it is located. It will form part of a worldwide celebration of Jane Austen’s life.

This exciting project is a chance for artists to think about and interpret a whole range of ideas and themes that could be linked to Jane Austen, with a BookBench as their canvas, a piece of art that will be placed in and around places that she knew and landscapes that influenced her, accessible to all.

Wild in Art has worked on similar events all over the world and are renown for high quality, high profile and exciting events. Sitting With Jane will be their first event with a specific literary theme.

‘We are proud to be working with Destination Basingstoke on such a prestigious project.  We are delighted to see the wide range of designs and different interpretations of all aspects of Jane Austen’s important contribution to literature being brought to life and celebrated by artists.   The BookBench sculpture offers artists the opportunity to visually tell Jane Austen’s stories; the characters as well as her life and bring enjoyment to thousands of people from around the world”, said Sally-Ann Wilkinson, director of Wild in Art.




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