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Vote for Hall Place and Gardens to have its own Trafalgar Square inspired art plinth for people struggling with mental health

PUBLISHED: 09:19 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 30 October 2017

Hall Place and Gardens

Hall Place and Gardens

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Voting opened last week

Home-grown artists struggling with their mental health could put their work on display at Hall Place and Gardens, if enough support can be found.

Mental health arts charity Centrepieces, based at the 17th century stately home, has put forward a bid for a plinth, similar to the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, to be installed within its grounds on Bourne Road.

Isabel Shaw, from North West Kent Countryside partnership, which is putting the bid forward together with the charity, said: “The beautiful Hall Place gardens are a treasured space for local people, and a plinth would be an innovative and interesting addition.”

The bid was made to the Aviva Community Fund, which is currently taking in votes to select 500 different projects to support with funding.

Ms Shaw added: “We hope everyone that Hall Place will vote for our project so we can make it a reality.”

Centrepieces has applied for £1,980 for the project to take off.

Geoff Norris from Centrepieces said: “We are proud to be working on a project that not only celebrates the artistic talent of the local area, but that helps to increase awareness of mental health issues and to remove stigma.

“Our charity is entirely volunteer-run and this is a fantastic opportunity to shout about what they do.”

Visitors to Trafalgar Square can recognise the Fourth Plinth for the large thumb currently on display.

Really Good, by David Shrigley shows the thumbs-up to tourists, while previously displays have included Hahn/Cock, which put a blue statue of a domestic rooster atop the plinth.

Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, leant his support to the project.

He said: “This is a great opportunity for a respected local charity to develop something that everyone can enjoy and take part in. Centrepieces have worked closely with us and their current ’Twelve’ exhibition at Hall Place that runs until March is an example of some of the innovative, unusual and impressive art their group produce. A plinth that changes over time and includes a range of work from across the borough is a fantastic idea and I wish them the very best with the bid.”

Voting is open at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/.

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