Artists sought for international exhibition: ‘Made in England’

John Byford's photographic artwork promoting his Made in England art exhibition.

John Byford's photographic artwork promoting his Made in England art exhibition.

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ARTISTS in Skegness have been invited to submit artwork portraying their ‘little corner of England by the sea’ for exhibition to international audiences.

Esteemed digital artist and district councillor John Byford has been asked to curate an art display to be held in Skegness’s German twin-town, Bad Gandersheim, in September.

Dignitaries from the town made the offer at last year’s SO Festival in which Mr Byford was an exhibitor, and have given him free range over the exhibition’s subject matter.

As a ‘proud Englishman’ Mr Byford decided the project would be a great opportunity to showcase all that is great about our nation to a European audience and is seeking talented local artists to submit ideas on the theme of ‘Made in England’.

He said: “This is a chance to showcase the flare and hidden creative talent that this town has to offer. It will give an opportunity for Skegness artists to submit original artwork to portray our little corner of England by the sea.

“I want people to start with a blank canvas to show the best of their talent to an awaiting international audience.”

Artists are invited to submit work in a wide range of media and Mr Byford will select 15 for inclusion in the exhibit.

Three of the lucky artists will also be invited to attend the exhibit courtesy of the Skegness Partnership and German hosts.

Mr Byford hopes the project will add a new dimension to the relationship between the two towns, which he feels is already a convivial one thanks to the work of twinning committees.

Town centre manager Stefan Krause has also been working hard to cultivate links with additional European nations through the ‘transnational network’ and Mr Byford hopes the exhibition could travel to other countries in the network such as Hungary.

Although the exhibition date is five months away, Mr Byford is keen to ‘start the ball rolling and for the brushes to come out’ to ensure Skegness makes the most of this ‘marvellous opportunity’

l To raise an idea call 01754 768837 or visit www.byford.co.uk/madeinengland