HOLBEACH ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE: From ‘Berlin Wall’ to town masterpiece opportunity for artist

Head of art Liz Kelleher with students at Spalding High School.
Head of art Liz Kelleher with students at Spalding High School.
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A project to turn a green fence in Holbeach dubbed the town’s “Berlin Wall” into an impressive work of art has been launched this week.

Holbeach Parish Council is looking for students and community artists to help turn the fence in Carter’s Park, which stretches up to 400 yards (365 metres) long, into an “advertisement” for the town’s creative talents.

The fence goes on for between 300 and 400 yards - it’s like the Berlin Wall and so we want to get the community involved in producing sensitive, appropriate artwork for the Carter’s Park side of the fence

Coun Paul Foyster, chairman of parks and playing fields on Holbeach Parish Council

Initial talks have been held with art teachers at secondary schools in Holbeach and Spalding to produce artwork suitable for the fence which encloses Holbeach Town Football Club’s ground in Park Road from a car park used by shoppers at the town’s Tesco Superstore.

Coun Paul Foyster, chairman of parks and playing fields on Holbeach Parish Council, said: “The fence has to be there because Football Association regulations insist that grounds are fenced in at a certain height.

“The fence is movable and if you follow it from one end to the other, it goes on for between 300 and 400 yards (275 to 365 metres).

“It’s like the Berlin Wall and what we want to do is to get the community involved in producing sensitive, appropriate artwork for the Carter’s Park side of the fence.

“We’re not expecting wonderful works of art but if you’re a budding artist or someone interested in art, you couldn’t really find anywhere more public to display your work.

“It would be an advertisement for Holbeach and because of the fence’s length, there’s room for multiple groups to produce artwork for it.”

Liz Kelleher, head of art at Spalding High School, said: “I have been asked to coordinate a joint collaboration between local schools to design nd paint a mural in Carter’s Park.

“However, it is too soon to give out any further information at the moment but we will happily do so as soon as it is appropriate.”

Meanwhile, another area of Holbeach earmarked for a pleasant makeover by parish councillors is the roundabout at the junction of the A151 and Spalding Road, Holbeach, not far from the town’s beacon near Wignals Gate.

Businesses in the town are to be asked whether they wish to sponsor the roundabout and Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth said: “If we can get some people together to do so, Lincolnshire County Council may bring in a contractor to maintain it according to an agreed specification.”

Anyone interested in either project can write to the clerk at Holbeach Parish Council, Coubro Chambers, 11 West End, Holbeach, Lincolnshire, PE12 7LW or email holbeachpc@btconnect.com

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