Wetherspoon not only breathes new life into the buildings which it converts into pubs – it also provides a great showcase for local artists.
Wetherspoon has been a keen supporter of local art and artists, over many years, having commissioned hundreds of projects for new pub openings.
Paintings and sculptures of all shapes and sizes, depicting the local area, a specific local character or illustrating the chosen pub name, take pride of place in numerous Wetherspoon venues up and down the land.
A wire sculpture of a Bedlington Terrier dog, by Gary Tiplady (at The Red Lion, in Bedlington), paintings by Alan Knight and Lindi Kirwin of Vernon Mill Artists (for The Wilfred Wood, in Hazel Grove, Stockport) and a school art project by pupils at The Chase in Malvern (for The Foley Arms Hotel) are just a few examples from the last six months.
Wetherspoon’s most recent opening, The Jolly Sailor (Hanham, Bristol) is the latest pub to benefit from the skills of a local artist.
Stroud-based sculptor Ant Beetlestone was commissioned to create a piece for the new pub near Bristol. It is a relief carving, 170cm by 50cm, made from a single large slab of London Plane wood.
The sculpture depicts a fantastical scene of the old Bristol port, in particular the jolly sailor and his friends, playing music on the jetty, as the boats bob about on the water.