Salisbury International Arts Festival and QinetiQ scoop Arts & Business Award

05 Oct 2007

In recognition of their successful partnership on The Dragonfly sculpture, now erected at the Solstice Park exit of the A303 at Boscombe Down, Salisbury International Arts Festival and QinetiQ received an Arts & Business South West Community Award at a reception on Friday 5 October 2007 at the City Inn, Bristol.

The awards were open to all businesses in the South West region supporting arts events or organisations which have received funding from Arts & Business. Formal presentations were made to celebrate those partnerships that promote the development of mutually beneficial relationships between business and the arts across a number of categories.

Working with partners from the local community, Salisbury International Arts Festival and QinetiQ created a landmark for Wiltshire which will be viewed by many holiday makers and motorists. The Dragonfly, a 6m high sculpture, was created from a Gazelle helicopter by 12 third year apprentices from QinetiQ at the MoD site at Boscombe Down, who worked with a local artist to create the sculpture as part of the Festival’s environmental focus. The Dragonfly project also brought together many of the 2000 QinetiQ and MoD personnel that work at the Boscombe Down site , the Salisbury Festival audience, the Salisbury district and Amesbury communities.

Speaking about the award, Jo Metcalf, Director for the Salisbury International Arts Festival commented: “Arts & Business offers great opportunities for arts organisations like ours, to get out there and be creative in the partnerships we seek. Working with QinetiQ has been a tremendous experience and one which has opened many more doors in the business world to us. Winning this award is a fitting tribute to all the hard work which has gone in to the project and we are very pleased to have been recognised in this way.”

Paul Whitelegg, QinetiQ’s Head of Site for Boscombe Down added: “Creativity in the workplace was the main objective for QinetiQ getting involved, providing the apprentices with opportunities to think and work in a different way and to encourage lateral thinking. Usually taught rigid air-craft maintenance procedures and Health & Safety protocol, through art, the apprentices were given the freedom to be creative and stretch their own abilities.”

Salisbury International Arts Festival and QinetiQ will now go through to the national final in December 2007.

Notes to Editors

For more information on the Salisbury International Arts Festival contact Jane Thomas at jane@salisburyfestival.co.uk or T:01722 330914 M:07958 405409

The Salisbury International Arts Festival is supported by Friends Provident, Salisbury District Council and Arts Council England – South West. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund the Living River project tells the story of the River Avon and how its special natural heritage has developed alongside the history of the area. Working with local communities from the headwaters of the river in Pewsey to the sea at Christchurch, the project aims to involve people who live and work in the River Avon catchment, through theatre, art, events and conservation activities. The Dragonfly project was one such activity, delivered by Salisbury International Arts Festival.

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