Alford art boost for empty shops

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AN ALFORD pottery has launched an ambitious plan to help mask the town’s empty shopfront eyesores - by transforming them into art galleries.

Heather and Michel Ducos at Alford Pottery hit upon the idea of trying to improve the look of the town centre for passing visitors by filling empty shop windows with art displays.

They recently trialled the idea with a display of ceramic sculptures and pottery in one of the town’s empty High Street stores

And the response from local residents has been so enthusiastic that they have launched ambitious plans to fill all of the town’s empty shop windows for the entire month of May.

Heather and Michel said: “The reaction of the public has been so complementary and enthusiastic that we’ve decided to invite some of the finest artists and craftsmen to fill the windows of all the empty shops during May.

“This will transform the town into a gallery and enhance the look of Alford.

“Many of the artists who will be participating rarely show their work in Lincolnshire, and it will be a great opportunity to see what is produced in the area.”

If the plans are successful then the displays will go live on May 1 to coincide with the town’s traditional Morris Dancing and May Day festivities.

The displays would run until May 31.

Town mayor Peter Milson is delighted with the idea.

He said: “It’s a great idea.

“I think it’s better to have something in shop windows rather than them just sitting empty.

“It also helps to showcase the works of local artists

Among the artworks set to go on show under the plans will be displays of fused, stained and blown glass, fine furniture, paintings, hand-made glass beads, sisal backets leather work and canal art.

l What do you make of the scheme? Email philip.murray@jpress.co.uk.