Holbeach expects ‘Big Things’ as town mobilises for TV contest

Artwork inside a bus shelter in Wignals Gate, Holbeach.  Photo supplied by Holbeach Parish Council.
Artwork inside a bus shelter in Wignals Gate, Holbeach. Photo supplied by Holbeach Parish Council.
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A community effort is under way in Holbeach to win the right to create a piece of artwork celebrating the area’s heritage.

Schools, youth groups, churches and the wider public are all being asked to support its ‘Big Things’ entry in a competition run by two TV production companies where public art is used to boost a community’s identity.

Holbeach Parish Council was notified about the nationwide competition earlier this month and during February’s parish council meeting, Coun Isobel Hutchinson said: “I think it’s a fantastic idea.

“It’s something completely different, completely radical and there’s no reason why we can’t get schools and others 
involved in this arts project.

“Even if we don’t succeed with the TV production companies, I don’t see why we can’t commission something ourselves that is quite striking and then eventually make a trail of art around Holbeach.”

Existing artwork around Holbeach includes meridian stones in Carter’s Park and artwork by pupils and students inside Wignals Gate bus shelter.

Even if we don’t succeed with the TV production companies, I don’t see why we can’t commission something ourselves that is quite striking and then eventually make a trail of art around Holbeach

Coun Isobel Hutchinson, Holbeach Parish Council

Holbeach parish and district councillor Paul Foyster said: “Competition for such an impactful piece of artwork will be fierce and initial contacts with the TV companies indicate that in order to be included in their judging, Holbeach will need to demonstrate a high level of local support.

“Therefore, we are asking for as many local groups and individuals as possible to directly contact the producers and explain why Holbeach deserves to win a spot on the show and how much they support Big Things.”

To support Holbeach’s bid, send your thoughts on what makes the town special and why it deserves to have the artwork either to holbeachpc@btconnect.com or bigthings@banijayuk.com

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