Public Art Trail comes to Spalding with Transported

Spalding High School' head of art Liz Kelleher (left) with students (front) Lily Smith, Emily Walker, Annie Lister, (back) Geena Nicholson, Daisy Smith and Lucy Neal.
Spalding High School' head of art Liz Kelleher (left) with students (front) Lily Smith, Emily Walker, Annie Lister, (back) Geena Nicholson, Daisy Smith and Lucy Neal.

Artists and art groups are being invited to take part in a new project to breathe new life into an area of Spalding town centre.

Spalding Public Art Trail is a joint project by Spalding and District Civic Society and Transported to turn an untidy section of the town into a work of art .

The scheme is part of Transported’s On Your Doorstep programme where people in South Holland and Boston are asked to nominate public spaces in need of some creative improvements.

Liz Kelleher, head of art at Spalding High School and one of the selection panel choosing the winning project, said: “I was so excited to be asked to participate in such an interesting and engaging opportunity which has the potential to positively impact many within the community.

“The challenge to break new ground within communities is made easier with inspirational projects such as these.”

Spalding Civic Society members nominated Hall Place and Sheep Market for the project as part of their ambition to make the town a more attractive place to live and work in.

Two open days were held in Market Place on Tuesday and Wednesday when people could find out how to submit an idea for consideration before a shortlist of artists is drawn up by the society and Transported.

Nick Jones, programme director for Transported, said: “The On Your Doorstep project in Spalding is a great example of Transported being able to support the ambition of a group like Spalding and District Civic Society to celebrate aspects of the town’s heritage through the creation of new artwork.

“We are keen to find an artist who is capable of creating something that makes a positive contribution to the town, as well as inspiring residents to support future projects.”

Michele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Spalding Public Art Trail project with Liz Kelleher, our Head of Art and Design who is part of the selection committee.

“We feel this is an important development for the town and for the school as the project will promote art within the community and South Holland as an area.

“It will also further develop the school’s commitment to the arts, being an Arts Council Gold Artsmark school.”

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday February 20 and for more information, visit www.transportedart.com or call 01406 701006.