What’s next for Cleethorpes’ public art?

What's next for Cleethorpes' public art?

What’s next for Cleethorpes’ public art?

Following the controversy of the White Palm announcement, what’s next for Cleethorpes’ public art?

Born and raised in Grimsby, Annabel McCourt is the latest artist to become involved in the cultural transformation of Cleethorpes’ North Promenade.

Her designs are to be attached to the shutters of businesses along the North Prom as part of a new public art project to assist with its regeneration. Her work, titled ‘Humber Murmurations’ can be seen when the shutters are down at Scoops.

For this commission, Annabel McCourt explained how she had taken her inspiration from issues that were very current at this present time, which included human freedom, and peoples’ ability to rise together and break down barriers to change. The image shows groups of people flying from the sea.

Speaking about the project, McCourt said:

“Cleethorpes is an incredibly important place to me and is has been wonderful to have the opportunity to do something that is local and very different.”

Annabel has previously worked with various organisations, including the BBC. She is also a broadcaster and photographer, and manages her own Cut Ltd company in Barton.

‘Scoops’ business owner Doraan Manders and her sister Keely Sheeran who operates ‘The Chippy’ next door are delighted with the progression of the walking gallery.

‘The Chippy’s’ shutters also have a design on them by North Lincolnshire artist Gill Hobson. Of the project, Keely Sheeran said:

“The North Prom needs this, it is a wonderful place and now we are getting this fantastic artwork. It’s fantastic.”

The creation of the gallery is part of the creative regeneration project underway in that area of the resort.  With financial support from the Coastal Communities Fund, North East Lincolnshire Council and CoastNEL, which represents the private, cultural and third sectors, the scheme is being managed by the council’s regeneration partner ENGIE.

The regeneration plan also includes the installation of the ‘White Palm.’

The first gallery shutter was installed at Brown’s Café late last year.

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