Art students at Newtown College have unveiled a new spider sculpture to be displayed in the town, as part of a wildlife trust project.

In association with Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, students helped design the eight-legged sculpture with Brandon Cadwallader, following their winning submission for the Trust’s ‘Art Oasis’ Project.

Local artist and blacksmith Spike Blackhurst then took the chosen design forward to completion and installation of the spider, which will now be based at Oriel Davies in Newtown’s Town Hall Gardens.

Students worked closely with Spike to create the spider, participating in a practical blacksmithing workshop at Spike’s studio as they widened their knowledge of crafts and techniques to bring nature alive.

Funded by the Welsh Assembly and EU backed initiative “Arwain,” the project aims to bring people and wildlife together through the arts and has delivered creative art-based activities and outreach projects with a number of organisations in the past two years.

Partners and businesses involved gathered with students and the trust for the launch at the end of April, as the impressive design was brought to life!

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