Made in England art exhibition celebrates Skegness homecoming at SO Festival

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An internationally acclaimed art exhibition featuring the talents of Skeness’s ever-expanding creative collective is today celebrating its triumphant homecoming.

Digital artist John Byford’s Made In England exhibition will be showing at the Hildred Centre’s H-Art gallery throughout the SO Festival’s 10 days of culture and entertainment.

John Byford and Steve Gould pictured at the H-Art gallery, Skegness, during the first day of the Made In England's homecoming exhibition.

John Byford and Steve Gould pictured at the H-Art gallery, Skegness, during the first day of the Made In England's homecoming exhibition.

“It’s great to see Skegness embracing art, embracing culture - and this is a continuation of that,” said John

“It has opened many doors and helped paint the town in a new light.

“Skegness will always be that bucket and space type of resort and we must not forget our roots - but we should also be thinking about new ways forward and art can be a big part of that.

“This exhibition has inspired people who have probably never picked up a paint brush since they left school and that’s what it is all about.”

Following its inception last September, the works of 20 Lincolnshire based artists have travelled more than 5,000 miles across Europe and been viewed by appreciative audiences in Hungary, Italy and Germany as part of a ‘transnational’ partnership.

“It’s been a long, windy and bumpy road but now we’re back home,” John added.

The exhibition features a wide variety of artistic styles and subjects from sculptures, paintings and photographs to poems, textiles and conceptual pieces - each demonstrating what the artists’ ‘little corner of England means to them’,

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter attended last night’s informal exhibition opening and expressed his support for the artistic movement it has helped drive forward.

“We’ve never had anything like this before,” he said.

“And when you hear the number of people who have been coming to view the work it shows there’s a real demand for it in Skegness.

“It covers a wide variety of different subjects which to me is really important - I don’t want to go around a gallery looking at the same sorts of things over and over.”

The gallery will be open throughout the SO Festival, which started today and runs until Sunday, July 7.