Minerva’s Owls Bath Sculpture Trail https://minervasowls.org Bath, UK, Summer 2018 Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:05:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Harry Romer, ITV’s ‘The Voice Kids’ finalist, will serenade owl fans at next weekend’s Owls Hoot Farewell https://minervasowls.org/2018/09/harry-romer-itvs-the-voice-kids-finalist-visits-nest-hq-before-playing-at-the-hoot-farewell-weekend/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:02:14 +0000 https://minervasowls.org/?p=8241 14 year old Bath busker and finalist in this year’s ‘The Voice Kids’ talent show Harry Romer will be serenading owl fans at the Owls Hoot Farewell weekend, when all 82+ owls and owlets will be displayed on the Bath Recreation Ground on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September.

Harry has performed next to many an owl across the city this summer, particularly Peafowl in Southgate and Kintsugi in Kingsmead Square! He popped into Nest HQ at Bath Riverside to have a sneak preview of the flock as artists are preening them back to their full glory for the auction preview weekend.  He’ll be playing at the Hoot Farewell from 1230-1330 on Saturday.

Harry will also be playing at the charity auction on 17th October and is raising funds to record several singles of his own songs. As London recording  studios don’t come cheap, don’t forget to throw something in the hat if you see him!

See Harry’s website at https://www.harryromer.org/

Owls nesting at new Bath Riverside HQ https://minervasowls.org/2018/09/owls-nesting-at-new-bath-riverside-hq/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:42:31 +0000 https://minervasowls.org/?p=8237 The Owls of Bath flock has landed at their new luxury Nest HQ at Crest Nicholson’s Bath Riverside development.

The colourful owl sculptures have taken up residence in the ground floor of Royal View, alongside the River Avon, as they are preened back to perfect condition by their artists ahead of the Owls Hoot Farewell weekend on 29-30 September.

They will then fly off to the Minerva’s Owls charity auction on Wednesday 17th October in the Apex Hotel.

Bath Riverside’s very own ‘Nocturnowl’, sponsored by Crest Nicholson has been well received by residents and visitors alike since it took up its post adjacent to Victoria Bridge in May.

Senior Projects Director for Crest Nicholson Regeneration, Neil Dawtrey, said, “There has been a fantastic response to Nocturnowl. Over the summer holidays we have seen hundreds of people come to Bath Riverside to find the sculpture and explore this new residential quarter.

“Minerva’s Owls has done a great job in promoting all areas of the city and brought more people here to experience Bath Riverside for themselves. We’re pleased to be in a position to offer this temporary space to house the owls as they get prepared for auction.”

Megan Witty, organiser of the Minerva’s Owls of Bath event, added, “We would like to thank Crest Nicholson for providing this fantastic ‘nest’ for the owls over the coming weeks. Public arts events rely heavily on the involvement of the community and it’s great to see businesses and people coming together to raise much-needed money for important local causes.”

For more details about the Hoot Farewell and charity auction, see the Auction page of the website.

Owls of Bath artist Elysia Paterson, who painted the fabulous Basanti, Hoops and Amalfi owl sculptures, taking a self of owls recently landed at their new Bath Riverside nest.

Hoot’s Who? Amazing online Owls of Bath game! https://minervasowls.org/2018/09/hoots-who-amazing-online-owls-of-bath-game/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:40:51 +0000 https://minervasowls.org/?p=8225 The Bath based digital agency Complete Control has designed a fun online game to help celebrate the end of the Minerva’s Owls of Bath trail!

Playing the Hoot’s Who? game involves matching the head, body and feet of 16 beautifully designed Owls from the flock!  Now that the Owls have left their summer locations on the streets of Bath, you can still get your ‘Owl fix’ by playing this fun and charming game.

Glynn Hayward, Creative Director at Complete Control, said: “We have really enjoyed the Minerva Owl Trail.  We had so much fun creating ‘Bird of Play‘, the owl with the Telidoscopic eye who was perched in The Circus over the summer, that we wanted to continue the fun a little longer so created Hoot’s Who?”

To play the game, visit https://www.birdofplaybath.co.uk/hoots-who/

Complete Control is an award-winning digital agency producing interactive content for some of the world’s best loved children’s brands. They are a double BAFTA winning agency and also won 3 awards at this year’s Creative Bath Awards.  If you are looking for help with a digital project that requires an element of fun then give them a ring!


Owl Auction – 17 October – Tickets available – bid for a fabulous owl sculpture! https://minervasowls.org/2018/09/owl-auction-17-october-tickets-available-bid-for-a-fabulous-owl-sculpture/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:10:21 +0000 https://minervasowls.org/?p=8220 The beautifully decorated owl sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for four Bath charities on the evening of Wednesday 17th October, at the Apex Hotel in central Bath.

Tickets are now available.

Our Owl auctioneer will be the charismatic Addison Gelpey – the main personality on Channel 5’s prime time series ‘Storage, Flog the Lot’ and a valuer and auctioneer on BBC’s Bargain Hunt and the ‘Famous Find’ series.

The evening will be hosted by Greg Ingham, CEO of Media Clash and Chair of Creative Bath and we will be joined by Olympic Gold Medal winner Amy Williams MBE who will auction several lots, including the fabulous ‘Mr Owlet’ she has designed and painted especially for the charity event.

OWLS FOR AUCTION – 59 of the stunning large 1.1m owls and 3 of the smaller 75cm owlets will be up for auction, many of which were decorated by award-winning artists, illustrators and designers.

OWL ARTISTS – The supersized ‘parliament’ of owls has been decorated by a wide range of talented artists and designers, including BP Portrait Award artist Richard Twose; celebrated Bristol street artists Inkie and Cheba; Horrible Histories book illustrator Martin Brown; Elle Decoration Design Awards winner Lisa Todd; Bath surrealist artist Philip Bouchard; Olympic Gold Medallist Amy Williams MBE  and several of the UK’s leading creative design companies, all of whom have transformed the once identical owl sculptures to unique and collectable works of art.

The owlets for sale include Kid Cre’Owl, signed by celebrities such as Paloma Faith, Robert Plant, Midge Ure, Alison Moyet, Edward Fox, Susan Hampshire and David Suchet; ‘Twit to Leave the EU‘ plus two new owlets decorated by Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams MBE and Bath artist Philip Bouchard.

(NB. The rest of the owlets will be returned to the schools & charities that decorated them as a legacy of the project.  They will appear at the Hoot Farewell weekend on 29/30 September, but will not be part of the main auction.  Some are being auctioned by their charities in the run up to Christmas).

Last weekend before owls return to the Nest https://minervasowls.org/2018/09/last-weekend-before-owls-return-to-the-nest/ Sun, 09 Sep 2018 16:10:49 +0000 https://minervasowls.org/?p=8115 This is the last weekend that all of the fabulous Owls of Bath sculptures will be nesting on the streets of Bath, as they start flying back to Owl HQ from Monday 10th September.

Approximately 10 owls a day will head back to the nest each day and they are all expected to be off the streets by Saturday 15th September.

Owl artists will be busy behind the scenes preening them back to their full feathered loveliness for the Owls Hoot Farewell auction preview weekend on the Bath Rec on 29-30 September, when all 82 owls and owlets, plus two new members of the flock, will be gathered together in one giant ‘parliament’ for owl fans to say their farewells before the charity auction on 17th October.

Nest HQ is in Crest Nicholson’s Bath Riverside, alongside Victoria Bridge, where NocturnOwl was displayed, so  you may be able to see artists working on their owls through the windows of the unit, which is on the other side of Royal View building to Coffee-1.

We hope you have enjoyed this summer’s trail and that you can join us at the Hoot Farewell weekend.  See the Auction page of the website for further details of the Hoot Farewell weekend and the charity auction.

Owls Hoot Farewell weekend – 29-30 September https://minervasowls.org/2018/08/owls-hoot-farewell-weekend-29-30-september/ Wed, 29 Aug 2018 13:23:42 +0000 https://minervasowls.org/?p=8024 OWLS HOOT FAREWELL WEEKEND – 29-30 September

Tickets are now on sale for the Owls Hoot Farewell on the Bath Rec, when all 82 owls and owlets will be displayed in one giant parliament for a weekend of feathered fun before flying off to the charity auction on 17th October.

Advance tickets are now available from Eventbrite and also on the gate on the day.

The Hoot Farewell auction preview weekend will be the first and last chance to see all of the owls in one location and to say your farewells before the owls fly off to the charity auction on 17th October.

Opening times: Saturday 10.00-18.00  Sunday 11.00-17.00 (last entry one hour before closing)

Tickets – free for 5s and under, £3 for children, £6 adults (including 20 page souvenir brochure). Family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children – £17.

There are lots of free activities at the event, including meeting real owls, making and taking home owl badges, owl drawing competitions, make a Minerva’s Owls mask, see the Owls of Bath artists’ exhibitions, test your footie stills at Bath City FC’s ‘Beat the G’owlie’ challenge (from 4pm on Saturday and all day Sunday), dissect owl pellets with the UK Little Owl Trust, have your face painted by one of the world’s top face painters (£1), pin a worm (not a real one!) on the owl, receive lovely freebies (including dog bandanas!) from Metro Bank, buy a £1 raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the large Owls of Bath sculptures, food and drink stalls and much more – a fantastic day out for owl fans of all ages.

100% of event profits donated to the Owls of Bath charities.



Owl Colouring Books now on sale https://minervasowls.org/2018/08/owl-colouring-books-now-on-sale/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 22:56:52 +0000 https://minervasowls.org/?p=7920 Young owl fans can get creative this summer by designing their own owls in the new 24 page Owls of Bath colouring book.

With space to draw a picture of themselves, their favourite owls and their own owl characters, plus fascinating facts about Little Owls on every page, the colouring book is sure to keep small people happy for hours this summer.

To purchase a colouring book, Owls of Bath poster, mugs, mini-owls or owl badges, visit the Shop Page of the website to order your owl goodies online, either for posting or collecting from central Bath.




IsamBIRD Kingdom BrunOWL lands at Bath Spa Station https://minervasowls.org/2018/08/isambird-kingdom-brunowl-lands-at-bath-spa-station/ Sat, 18 Aug 2018 10:51:15 +0000 https://minervasowls.org/?p=7862 The eye-catching IsamBIRD Kingdom BrunOWL, sponsored by GWR and inspired by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Britain’s most famous engineer, has finally landed at Bath Spa train station after his flying tour of Paddington, Swindon and Bristol stations to promote the Minerva’s Owls of Bath trail.

He was welcomed by the Bath Spa station team, Patrick Smith, Bradley Gould and Danielle Glover, and is already attracting owl fans from all over the world in his new nest in the station foyer.

Rylan and Easton from Cincinnati are in Bath with their family for a few days to explore the city and meet some of the Owls of Bath before heading off to Mongolia!

Aoife and Oison from Bristol are visiting Bath over the summer to track down all of the owls on the trail, having just finished the Bristol Gromit trail.

IsamBIRD’s artist Rita Lazaro has hidden owls, unicorns and other creatures within the artwork on IsamBIRD – see how many you can spot!


Frida Owlo Fiesta – Bradford on Avon – a colourful hoot! https://minervasowls.org/2018/08/frida-owlo-fiesta-bradford-on-avon-18th-august/ Sat, 18 Aug 2018 10:27:50 +0000 https://minervasowls.org/?p=7857 Jessie and Freya from Bradford on Avon


The Mexican-themed Frida Kahlo Fiesta in Bradford on Avon last weekend was inspired by the colourful Owls of Bath sculpture Frida Owlo.  The fun and salsa-filled event attracted hundreds of visitors to the historic Wiltshire town.

Young Kahlo fans took part in the excellent salsa classes and children of all ages enjoyed creating Frida Kahlo floral hair garlands and drawing their own owl designs with Frida Owlo sculpture artist, Bunny.

Pinata bashing was particularly popular and extra space had to be cleared to make way for the more exuberant participants..

The Minerva’s Owls of Bath stall with posters of the flock, mugs and mini-owls proved popular and the level of knowledge about the Minerva’s Owls sculptures on the trail was incredible!  Owl fans of all ages knew every owl’s name and location and they were determined to track down every member of the owl ‘parliament’ before the end of the trail on 10th September.

Visitors from around the world attended the Fiesta, with several from Spain and Australia saying it was one of the loveliest events they had ever been to!

Congratulations to James at The Swan Hotel and the Bradford on Avon team for organising the event and to Frida Owlo artist Bunny for creating her ‘Frida Kahlo’ inspired owl sculpture and for hosting the Kahlo garland and drawing activities.

The eyebrows have it!

Friday Owlo artist Bunny fixing a Kahlo garland

Family fun and flowers

Boys like salsa too!

Young Frida fan with his prize-winning owl design 

A wonderful day out.  This family was visiting from the USA

Owl fan at the Owls of Bath stall

Some intense pinata bashing..


Frida Owlo – the inspiration behind the event.  Designed and painted by Bunny

A major Frida Kahlo exhibition is on at the V&A Museum in London until early November.  See here for details.

IsamBIRD Kingdom BrunOWL lands at Bristol Temple Meads Station https://minervasowls.org/2018/08/isambird-kingdom-brunowl-lands-at-bristol-temple-meads/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:08:49 +0000 https://minervasowls.org/?p=7822 Bristol’s Temple Meads station pigeons have been joined by a new feathery friend!

Inspired by Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Minerva’s Owls of Bath sculpture ‘IsamBIRD Kingdom BrunOWL’ has taken up residence at the busy Bristol station on the latest leg of its regional tour to promote the popular owl trail.

Bristol residents, commuters and tourists are swooping into Temple Meads to admire the supersized owl, complete with iconic Brunel top hat, bow tie and tailcoat. Created by West country artist Rita Lazaro, IsamBIRD is decorated with some of the engineer’s most famous constructions including Clifton Suspension Bridge, the SS Great Britain and of course the original Great Western Railway.

The well-travelled owl has spent the summer touring the GWR network, with previous appearances at Paddington and Swindon train stations. After IsamBIRD’s stint in Bristol, he will fly off to Bath Spa station on 17th October, where he will nest until the end of the trail on 10th September.

IsamBIRD will then swoop over to the Owls Hoot Farewell auction preview weekend on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September, when all 82 owls will be gathered together in one giant ‘parliament’ at the Bath Recreation Ground for owl fans to say their final goodbyes before the charity auction on 17th October.

Bristol has played a strong role in this summer’s Minerva Owls of Bath sculpture trail. Fineline, a Bristol feature film prop company, created the master owl and owlet sculptures from a 3D scan of the original owl sculpture with their multi-million-pound CNC milling machine and some of Bristol’s most respected artists and designers have been part of the popular trail with designs including:

  • ‘Inkie Hoots’ painted by one of the city’s most famous street artists, Inkie, which is nesting outside the Roman Baths Pump Room in Abbey Churchyard
  • ‘Summer’created by Bristol street artist Angus for The County Hotel in Pulteney Road
  • ‘Cosmic Allen’ painted by Cheba for Allen Ford, which can be seen perched in their showroom on the Lower Bristol Road
  • ‘Tyrell’ designed by graffiti artist EPOK, which can be seen in the Bath Guildhall Market in the High Street
  • ‘Athene Noctua’ which has been painted as a realistic Little Owl by Bristolian artist ATM on behalf of Rotork. The sculpture is nesting outside Bath’s Assembly Rooms, where he’s doing an excellent job keeping away the seagulls!

Megan Witty, Organiser of the Minerva’s Owls of Bath project and of the popular ’24 Hours In Bristol’ photographic competition, said:

“Having worked on creative projects in Bristol and Bath, it’s great to bring the creative talents of both cities together for the Minerva’s Owl trail. We’re so excited to have beautifully decorated owls by Inkie, Cheba, Angus, Epok and ATM in the Owls of Bath ‘parliament’ and people from all over the UK are flocking to Bath to see them.  We hope Bristolians will hop on the train, bus or bike to Bath this summer to enjoy some fun owl spotting around the city – it’ll be a hoot!”

All event proceeds will be donated to four South West charities – the new Royal United Hospital Cancer Centre, the Bath Young Carers Centre, the Roman Baths Archway Project and the UK Little Owl Project.

The charity auction has already attracted considerable attention, with owl fans and art collectors from as far as the U.S registering their interest in bidding. For further auction information please email auction@minervasowls.org.

For details of the Hoot Farewell weekend, where to find owl maps and how to download the free owl app and education pack, visit the Minerva’s Owls of Bath website at www.minervasowls.org  and follow the flock @OwlsofBath on Twitter and Instagram.

IsamBIRD nesting on platform 8 at Paddington station alonside his namesake and inspiration,
the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel.