Arts project canvasses views at food firm

Monika Samek works on recreating a painting by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh at Bakkavor Pizza's factory in Holbeach St Marks.

Monika Samek works on recreating a painting by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh at Bakkavor Pizza's factory in Holbeach St Marks.

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South Holland food manufacturer Bakkavor puts its workers to the test by giving them a blank canvas to work from - with surprising results.

The firm hosted an arts workshop at its pizza factory in Holbeach St Marks on Thursday and Friday in support of Transported, a project promoting creativity in the area.

Workers took part in a task to recreate a masterpiece by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh called Factories at Asnieres under the watchful eye of visiting artist Tina McCallan.

She said: “My aim was to uncover hidden artists by going into the Bakkavor factory and inviting the workers to paint a square on a recreation of a famous painting.

“It was great to start with a blank canvas and then slowly see the squares fill up until the image was complete.”

A Bakkavor spokeswoman said: “The event was held in the factory canteen for two days when employees could come along and paint a square on a large blank canvas gridded into section, with the intention of having a piece of art that related to either food or industry.”