The team behind plans for a multiple sculpture trail throughout Hull and East Yorkshire are now reviewing feedback on the project after the last leg of an exhibition which toured the region.
Swerving East is designed to build on the remarkable success of Hull’s Larkin with Toads project and is led by some of the people who delivered that project.
They have recruited a team of artists whose ideas for the new sculptures have been displayed during the last three months at venues across the area.
The first stop for the exhibition was the Spa in Bridlington at the beginning of May. The last chance to view the artists’ creations was last week at the Junction Arts Centre in Goole.
The tour included a reception for the project’s business champions – Allenby Commercial, Bondholders, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, iSpace and Wykeland – held at Beverley Minster and sponsored by Rollits solicitors.
Elaine Burke, Partnerships and Artistic Director of Three Ways East, the company behind the venture, said the exhibition was a huge success.
She said: “At Hornsea Town Hall we had great support from Hornsea School and Language College, as we did from the team at the Freedom Centre in Hull when we arrived there.
“The next stopping point gave the crowds in Hull city centre a chance to view the exhibition at the Central Library, and at the Junction we received the views of visitors to an award-winning arts facility.
“We are inspired by the work of the artists, the level of interest shown in the exhibition and the comments we received directly when we held the reception in Beverley Minster. We are also extremely grateful to everyone who has supported the project, from our champions to the people who have visited the exhibition and told us what they think.”
Dominic Gibbons, Managing Director of Wykeland Group Ltd, spoke at the Beverley Minster event and emphasised why it is so important for business to invest in art and culture.
He said: “Swerving East can really help to raise local aspirations and change outsiders’ perspectives of our area, recognising it as a modern, vibrant and cultural destination.
“Getting a project like this so far is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. There is still a long way to go and there will be further support required as the Serving East team build up towards deciding what the nature of the multiples will be and then delivering the project.”
Clare Huby, Operations Director of Three Ways East, added: “The really hard work starts now. We have begun the job of ploughing through the feedback and that process will help us consider our next steps in terms of how to develop Swerving East and where to take it. The responses will also help us plan the timetable for the project.”
Picture - Elaine Burke of Swerving East with Dominic Gibbons of Wykeland Group Ltd (left) and Mike Green of Commercial Systems International Ltd.
Swerving East artist Del Whitticase (left) pictured with Julian Wild and his colleagues from Rollits, Donna Ingleby and Pat Coyle (right).
Pictures courtesy of Neil Holmes.