Artist sought to deliver public artwork for £2.1m Lydney Harbour project
By Matt Hall | 1st July 2020
An artist will be recruited to deliver two landmark public artworks for Lydney as part of the £2.1million Destination Lydney Harbour project, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's Coastal Community Fund.
The project team is seeking applications from professional artists for this commission that will further enhance the visitor experience of the harbour, linking the town with its important industrial history.
Rose Farrington, community projects leader at Forest of Dean District Council said: "We are looking for an artist who can create a site-specific installation that draws attention to Lydney's unique heritage, making connections between the history and context of Lydney Harbour and the surrounding area both physically and conceptually.
"We wish to commission an artist who has worked on similar heritage projects in the public realm, or in non-traditional art space contexts."
Forest of Dean District councillor, Bernie O'Neill said: "The public artwork is an intrinsic part of the harbour redevelopment; it will welcome visitors to the area, invite people to visit the harbour and in doing so help them to learn about this nationally important scheduled ancient monument."
Artists interested in applying for the commission can do so by visiting the Forest of Dean District Council's procurement portal: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/publicagroup
Devised by the Lydney Coastal Community, The Destination Lydney Harbour project will create safe, attractive transport routes into Lydney Harbour and develop the area as a recreation and tourism destination.
The old mortuary and store buildings are currently being upgraded and will become the new accessible toilets and heritage information point, mooring and seating points will be installed and improvements made to cycle and walking routes, highway, and station approach. Signage will be improved, and a new walking trail will be installed.
Lydney Skiff, a community rowing boat building project is also underway - bringing this traditional craft back to Severnside.
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