Local artists featured in exhibition

Made in Englands artists, pictured from left, Mark Baumber, Terry Hooley, May Jones and John Byford.

Made in Englands artists, pictured from left, Mark Baumber, Terry Hooley, May Jones and John Byford.

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An art exhibition showcasing local artists’ interpretation of what makes Skegness great has enjoyed a successful outing in Germany and will go on to reach even wider international audiences in Hungary.

Locally renowned photographer John Byford recruited 20 talented artists to feature in his Made in England exhibition, which recently displayed at a gallery in Skegness’s twin town of Bad Gandersheim, Germany.

He said: “The Made in England project has been a great opportunity to showcase all that is great about Skegness and the surrounding area to a large European audience.

“Twenty local artists were selected for the project to showcase their flare and creative talent in an exhibition that’s got people engaging on an international platform - it’s been a huge and wonderful achievement for all taking part.”

Three of the featured artists, Mark Baumber, Terry Hooley and May Jones travelled to Germany for the exhibition, opening many new doors for their future careers.

It is hoped the exhibition will foster strong cultural ties across Europe when it moves to Hangony, Hungary, on Monday, November 19.

The exhibition will then return to Skegness for display at the Embassy Theatre from December 15, giving local people a chance to see the work.

Mr Byford hopes it may then travel to Norway and Sweden thanks to hard work by town manager Stefan Krause, to strengthen European relations.’

He added: “That’s exactly what this project is all about - showcasing our little corner of England to an international audience and strengthening ties.”