Brid students get involved in cycleway artwork

Artist Matt Baker got Bridlington School students to come up with ideas for new designs for Bridlington - Jamie Hall, 12, Billy Gibson, 12, Jordan Booth, 12, and Callum Battams, 13.

Artist Matt Baker got Bridlington School students to come up with ideas for new designs for Bridlington - Jamie Hall, 12, Billy Gibson, 12, Jordan Booth, 12, and Callum Battams, 13.

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A PUBLIC MEETING took place to discuss a new piece of public art planned for the coastline.

Residents, business owners and artists from Bridlington were invited along to hear plans for an artwork for the North Promenade, Bridlington, to mark one end of the Way of the Roses coast to coast cycle path.

The theme for the art work will be ‘travel in histories’ - focussing upon changes in the landscape, both human and physical with a specific interest in the chalk geology in the area.

Lead artist for the project, Matt Baker, also visited Bridlington School to discuss the plans with sixth form students and Year 8 pupils.

Lynn Collins, head of art at Bridlington School, said: “Having Matt Baker come to work with the children was a wonderful opportunity.

“The day was very inspiring and gave a real insight in to how a professional artist works.”

Helen Jackson, renaissance projects co-ordinator at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The kids were great, they were really excited, it was nice to see.”

Another event, a ‘Culture Cafe’, held at Waterfront Café, North Marine Drive, was an opportunity to get local opinon on the artwork.

Helen continued: “It really pulled the community in which is one of the reasons we chose Matt.

“It feeds in very much with Bridlington Renaissance in getting opinon from people who live with the art day in day out. It is very important and the idea of the art for the Way of the Roses is to base it round the area that it goes through.”

Since Bridlington became the official end of the route in 2010 it has reportedly become one of the most popular cycle routes in the country, with over 10,000 using it.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for culture, Councillor Richard Burton, said: “I think it is important that we get as many people involved as possible and we know it is right to celebrate something quite important.

“It is a great asset that this is being put together and it is getting more and more popular and it is really right that we get something that marks both ends.”

A final design for the public art work is hoped to be ready by March 2013, with funding expected to come from the Arts Council.