Get involved in Grimsby’s latest heritage project

Get involved in Grimsby's latest heritage project

Get involved in Grimsby’s latest heritage project

Locals are being encouraged to get involved in Grimsby’s latest contemporary art and heritage project, as part of the towns regeneration works.

From today, individuals, groups and schools are being invited to register their interest in the ‘Our Haven’ project, being run by local arts organisation, ‘Our Big Picture.’

Named to reflect the Riverhead Haven and its foundations in making Grimsby ‘Great’, the project is being funded through a mix of money from the Cultural Development Fund, central government and the Humber LEP.

The project will involve local artists, designers, engineers and historians to create artwork for two town centre public spaces currently undergoing renovation – Garth Lane and St James’ Square.

‘Our Big Picture’ wants local people to inspire the work, by giving their views on Grimsby’s past, present and future heritage. Artwork will then be created that embeds ‘our culture’ within it – that being the thoughts, feelings and vision of local people.

Paula Denton from ‘Our Big Picture’ is encouraging as many people from the community as possible to get in touch and get involved, with different ways of achieving this being examined to overcome current restrictions.

The project will involve local schools, and once lockdown restrictions are eased, group workshops and public sessions will be held using ‘Our Big Picture’s’ base in Top Town market as a central point.

Speaking about the project, Paula Denton said:

“These are exceptional times and although we can’t go out into our communities as we would like to at the moment, we are looking at every opportunity to get people involved.

“There could be those with memories of what made Grimsby ‘great’, adults with childhood experiences of growing up in the town, or families and young people with their own feelings.

“We want to be able to draw on as many experiences and ideas as we can, to look at our cultural and future heritage, and how it can be expressed. We want people to think about, not only our town’s past, but also its future and how that will change, what will our future history look like and how will we view it.

“For example, when you look at industry and the docks, where there used to be fishing, there are now renewable industries – what could there be next and how will technology play a part?

“We are all really excited about this project and with the help of the people out there, we have the ability to produce something very special of which we can all play a part and be very proud.”

The Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Civic Society is already supporting the project.

Anyone interested in the ‘Our Haven’ project is asked to email Paula:

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