Cheddar Individuality Trail


The Cheddar Individuality project has been led by local Artist Bridget Hemmings and ceramic artist Ella Philips and Lucy Brown. The project has been working with community groups, organisations, local businesses and individuals. The project has created created over 1,000 ceramic figures (roughly 13-15 cm tall).rnrnThe idea was inspired by the artist Anthony Gormley’s Field installations. The project focused on “Individuality” to celebrate that everyone is different and everyone is special, each figure is unique! The figures have been created out of 6 different types of clay to reflect our society.rnrnThe project started with the creation then an exhibition where all the figures were positioned for one day only and then the installation for the walking trail.rnrnThe walking trail launches 9 July 2023 11am at the Cheddar Visitor centrernrnrnrnu0026nbsp;rnrnu0026nbsp;

The trail is now open!

Come along and see how many figures you can spot in a walking trail through the Cheddar Valley.rnrnYou may find your own!

Already visited the Trail?

We would love it if you took the time to complete this short survey on the project.rnrnThis will be very helpful informing future projects with Seed.

Creation and Trail

The clay figures have been made in a series of workshops held in locations all around Cheddar between January and May 2023. Workshops were held at Bridget’s studio, in local businesses and organisations, at the Mendip AONB rangers station, park runs, local Men’s Shed and WI, in social and care settings, at the local School, and in public workshops and pop-up events.rnrnFor those who couldn’t attend a workshop it was made possible to create a sculpture at home and send it back to the team for firing and inclusion in the exhibition and trail.rnrnThe figures were brought together in a one day exhibition at Cheddar Catholic Hall on  21 May where you could view them all together. Over 300 visitors enjoyed the exhibition and cake donations.rnrnNow they are all installed in a public u003ca href=u0022;ehbc=2E312Fu0022u003ewalking art trailu003c/au003e – An opportunity to explore Cheddar and see the artworks placed in different settings around the town.

Donations welcome

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BBC Interview

Following an interview on BBC Somerset Radio in January BBC Somerset returned to visit Bridget Hemmings and makers at an English Class in Cheddar to find out why local people are taking part in the community project.

Meet the Artists

Meet the Individuals