The first pieces of the Heritage on the High Street Project - Potter About Hornsea – have now been installed in the town as part of a public art trail celebrating the world-famous Hornsea Pottery
Hornsea Area Regeneration Partnership (HARP) commissioned local artist Adele Howitt to create a series of artworks for the town inspired by the pottery’s people, processes and designs.
Funded by monies raised from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England, along with funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the 4 Good Fund and St Hugh’s Foundation, the trail consists of six bespoke pieces of art. Beginning with the installation of several Hornsea designs set into the pavement in six locations around the town, a piece of pavement art near the Hornsea Museum, geometric and fish designs now decorate the roundabout at Market Place and original poetry installed in the pocket park at Willows Drive.
The remaining pieces of public art, consisting of the Elegance bench and Murmuration roundabout, are due to be installed in the New Year.
To celebrate the installation of this exciting new public art trail, an event is being planned for the New Year once the final pieces have been installed.
The event will include tours of the art trail with Adele Howitt, poetry readings by Mary Aherne, who has created a collection of poems about the pottery, a display of artwork produced by local students and a display of original Hornsea Pottery.
Councillor Barbara Jefferson, chair of Hornsea Area Regeneration Partnership, said: “HARP has been working closely with Hornsea Museum and Hornsea School and Language College to develop this project and we are so pleased to see the artwork now being delivered.
“The trail celebrates the heritage of the iconic Hornsea Pottery brand and will be a great addition to the town centre.
“There is an opportunity to promote the trail to encourage people to spend longer in the area, which we hope will lead to improved trade for local businesses.”
Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and planning delivery at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This is a very exciting project with an overarching aim to improve Hornsea’s prosperity by capitalising on the Hornsea Pottery iconic imagery and designs, enlivening the streetscape and creating a unique and lasting selling point for the town, leading to increased visitor numbers.”
For further information about HARP, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/council/working-with-our-partners/regeneration-and-renaissance-partnerships/hornsea-area-regeneration-partnership/
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