WW1 Commemorative Arts Commission at Featherstone

Featherstone Town Council (FTC) has been awarded a WREN grant to deliver its First World War Commemorative commission ‘War Horse’, designed by Bristol – based artists Codsteaks, at Mill Pond Meadows in the town.

Wakefield based public art commissioner Beam has worked closely with FTC since 2015 on the project and, guided by a community steering group, has managed the commissioning process and fundraising.

The Featherstone community and visitors are set to get the World War I memorial titled ‘War Horse, A Place of Peace To Be Together’ thanks to a £50,000 grant from funding body WREN.

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to support the creation of the new memorial sculpture designed by artists Cod Steaks at the Mill Pond Meadows Nature Reserve.

Image Credit: Codsteaks

Mayor of Featherstone, Councillor Margaret Isherwood believes the memorial will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

She says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Featherstone. It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to the sculpture taking shape over the next 12 months.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

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