Organisers fight back over arts day at Holbeach cemetery

Holbeach Cemetery Chapels hosts Imprints, an art event commissioned by Transported with Liz Kelleher, head of arts at Spalding High School, Steven Hatton of Electric Egg, Elizabeth Bergeron of Transported, Coun Nick Worth and Chris Penny of Holbeach Cemtery Chapels Trust.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Holbeach Cemetery Chapels hosts Imprints, an art event commissioned by Transported with Liz Kelleher, head of arts at Spalding High School, Steven Hatton of Electric Egg, Elizabeth Bergeron of Transported, Coun Nick Worth and Chris Penny of Holbeach Cemtery Chapels Trust. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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An arts event at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels has been branded “incredibly distasteful and disrespectful” by a resident.

Imprints, a celebration event at the chapels in Park Road on May 16, featured live music, film projections created by students from University Academy Holbeach and the unveiling of four stained glass murals created by Lincoln-based artist Steven Hatton and children from the town’s two primary schools.

But at a meeting of Holbeach Parish Council last week, members heard that two people had complained about aspects of the event commissioned by arts project Transported, with one having described it as “incredibly insensitive”.

The resident said: “I am shocked and appalled to see an event advertised at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels, including a barbeque and live music, as organised by Transported.

“I find it incredibly distasteful and disrespectful that an event be organised at a Christian site of grieving, loss and remembrance.”

Melissa Poulson, Transported’s spokesman, said: “The event at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels had two purposes – to unveil and celebrate four new artworks at the site and help raise awareness of the ambition of Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trust for them to be used as a community hub for arts, social, heritage events and activities.”