Basingstoke takes the lead in the run up to Jane Austen's bicentenary
The Hampshire town of Basingstoke, is taking the lead to commemorate Jane Austen's bicentenary with its own project, 'Sitting With Jane'. The art trail will feature twenty-five Austen-themed book benches in various locations.
Sitting With Jane is the latest project created in Basingstoke in association with Jane Austen 200 and several other partnerships and is set to be the 'go to place' on the 2017 Austen calender. It is well known that Jane Austen was born in Steventon, very near to Basingstoke, and spent many of her formative years visiting friends, shopping and attending dances and balls. It comes as no surprise that the town of Basingstoke wants to celebrate and link her life by creating an art trail. There's certainly no better way of attracting not only global interest, but a lasting legacy to Jane Austen.
The trail will feature twenty-five unique book-shaped benches, designed and painted by professional artists who will have drawn inspiration from Jane Austen's life and work. The various locations will be linked together enabling the public to gain free access. A free downloadable app and trail guide will enable visitors to explore each book bench location. The art trail is scheduled to open in June 2017 and run until September 2017. The book benches will then be auctioned with the proceeds donated to the Ark Cancer Centre Charity.
For further information: www.sittingwithjane
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