Skegness artists sought for Houses of Parliament exhibition

The Houses of Parliament.
The Houses of Parliament.

An exhibition utilising Skegness’s emerging art scene to lobby leading government figures for economic support will visit the Houses of Parliament this September.

Fresh from the success of his Made in England exhibition, Skegness based photographer John Byford is now seeking artwork focusing specifically on the resort and what makes it great.

“The idea of this exhibition is to showcase Skegness as a centre for the arts and also as a seaside destination,” he said.

“Let’s show the big boys down in London what we’re all about and what we can be with a little more help along the way.”

Mr Byford is looking for creative Skegnesssians to submit paintings, sculptures, photographs or any other artistic medium which captures their hometown in all its glory.

The successful entrants will be included in his Made in Skegness exhibition which will be displayed in the Jubilee Rooms at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday, September 26.

Town manager Stefan Krause believes the exhibition could provide a fantastic opportunity to bring Skegness into focus for some of the nation’s most influential people.

“This is a huge opportunity to demonstrate the issues affecting Skegness,” he said.

“We are at the end of the line, we are very remote but we are still one of the most visited holiday destinations in the UK.

“If the government would support what we are trying to do with projects like the Western Economic Corridor and direct trains from Kings Cross, we could do so much more.

“Sometimes with 10 minutes you can achieve everything.”

MP for Boston and Skegness Mark Simmonds has agreed to invite his fellow politicians to the exhibit which will take place right in the heart of the building, ideally located for maximum exposure.

To submit your suggested artwork email Mr Byford at