To celebrate the cultural work of local organisations and individuals and the town’s coastal location and heritage, a photographic installation is to be erected at a site in Lowestoft.
FlipSide is producing a 180-metre photographic hoarding around land to the rear of the old Town Hall at Compass Street, Mariners Street and Jubilee Way.
This project is the final part of the three-year Making Waves Together project and the Great Places Scheme, which is supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England, Historic England and East Suffolk Council.
Designed by Suffolk-based brand design agency Yellobelly, the artwork will feature images from local and award-winning photographers Gillian Allard (Skye winner Master of Photography 2017), Adam Barnes and Pete Smith. It will also feature images from the Seagull’s production of Oliver!, the Marina Theatre’s Untold Tales, Poetry People’s ‘Pearls from the Grit’, Dance East’s Dance Map, Suffolk Artlink’s ‘Lowestoft Folk’ and of First Light Festival.
Genevieve Christie, FlipSide Director said “It’s wonderful to see a large-scale installation like this showcasing so many of the high-quality cultural activities that have been taking place in Lowestoft through a vibrant design of fantastic photographs.”
Cllr Craig Rivett, Deputy Leader at East Suffolk Council and cabinet member for Economic Development said “Whilst plans for this site are still being developed, the artwork provides an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the variety of cultural activity which has taken place in Lowestoft over the past few years.”
The installation will be funded by an allocation from the Government’s Towns Fund and will screen the perimeter of the proposed new car park area until this site comes forward for development next year. The installation is scheduled to begin this week and will be complete by 14 August.
The work will celebrate Lowestoft’s coastal environment, historic town centre and the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) programme which aims to kick-start regeneration in the High Street, historic Scores and Whapload Road area.
The installation sits behind the former Town Hall, which has recently received a grant from Architectural Heritage Fund to develop a business case to attract large sale investment to restore and bring the building back into community use.
Making Waves was an ambitious three year cultural programme which brought the towns of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft together by giving people the opportunity to participate and engage in a wide variety of art and heritage activities and events that they may otherwise not have had the chance to experience. Overall the project engaged with over 13,000 participants including 6000 school children - who took part in more than 300 exhibitions, theatre, music, and dance performances in the community.
The Making Waves Together partnership includes East Suffolk Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Local Cultural Education Partnership - Enjoy GY and Lowestoft Rising, Marina Theatre, Dance East, originalprojects; Flipside, Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, SeaChange Arts, Reprezent, and Time and Tide Museum as part of Norfolk Museums Service in partnership with Lowestoft Museums as part of Association for Suffolk Museums.