For the first time last year, we offered the chance to see the iconic Aintree fences, prior to racing, from the comfort of a Course Tour buggy. Due to popular demand, we’re running the buggy tours again and have doubled the capacity to help more people experience this opportunity. That’s not the only change we’re making though. Inspired by the 40th anniversary since Aintree legend, Red Rum had his third and final win in the Grand National race, Cheshire-based artist, Paul Tavernor is creating a sculpture which will feature as a tribute.
Paul, an acclaimed wildlife artist, has fond recollections of Red Rum, notably of his appearance on BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1977 when he was led into the studio by his beloved trainer, Ginger McCain. Even at a young age, Paul still remembers the impact ‘Rummy’ had on the nation. So much so that the artist is constructing a life-sized bust from wire and mesh which will be displayed at the start of this year’s Course Tour. Paul said, “Growing up as a child, I loved seeing Red Rum race; such a beautiful and striking horse. He defines the spirit of power, grit and determination and I want to capture these essences in my work.”
The sculpture will be positioned close to Red Rum’s grave as the Course Tour marks the legend’s anniversary. Anyone taking either a buggy or walking tour can also pick up a free, Red Rum 40 souvenir badge at the starting point.*
About the artist: Paul began his career as a fine artist, using oils, to capture animals posed at speed and in motion to dramatic effect that has earned him two National Publishers, voted as Best Selling Artist in the UK on three separate occasions at the Fine Art Trade Industry Awards, as well as many other art awards and accolades during his 20 year career. Paul, who owns a gallery in Poynton, Cheshire, began diversifying his skills, embarking on sculpture-making, just over two years ago. Since then he has already exhibited work in the formal gardens at the National Trust’s Lyme Park, installed a piece outside the Devonshire Dome in Derbyshire and created sculptures for the gold-medal award winner at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show on behalf of The Dogs’ Trust.
The Red Rum piece Paul is constructing for this year’s Grand National will be available to buy directly from the artist. Visit www.paultavernor.co.uk for more details or call 01625 878 910. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am – 5pm.
Paul will be accompanying his sculpture on all three days of The Randox Health Grand National Festival, so please feel free to pay him a visit and talk to him directly.
*Customers will only be entitled to Red Rum 40 souvenir badge once they’ve filled out a data capture form.