Arts project takes over empty shop

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A £2.5million project aimed at getting more people in South Holland to take up the arts is entering a new phase after taking over an empty Holbeach shop.

For the last three months, thousands of people have been to mosaic, glass and fabric workshops run by artists involved with Transported.

Rhubarb Theare group surprise shoppers with a flash mob show at Tesco, Holbeach.

Rhubarb Theare group surprise shoppers with a flash mob show at Tesco, Holbeach.

Almost 150 events in about 70 different locations in South Holland and Boston have taken place as part of the project which is now about to turn the former Stradling Opticians in West End into an arts workshop.

Nick Jones, programme director, said: “If we wanted Transported to be more than a flash in the pan, it needed to be appropriate to the place and people that live in South Holland.

“We’ve decided to use artists’ creativity as a way of getting around the barriers that might have prevented people from being involved through an extensive and varied programme of event.

“The artists have done a marvellous job, dreaming up wonderful events in some odd places and really capturing the interest of thousands.”

The pop-up shop in Holbeach will be the base for a series of events starting on Wednesday and running until August 31.

Sketching, iPad drawing and painting workshops, photo walks and craft activities are some of the events being lined up at the pop-up shop, which will be open from Wednesday to Saturday between 10am and 3.30pm.

Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth said: “I hope this will attract more people into the town and have a positive effect on other shops.”