A funding package of £113,000 has been secured to deliver the first phase of a public art trail as part of the ‘Heritage on the High Street’ initiative. The Celebration of Hornsea Pottery Public Art Trail project is now just £17,000 short of its overall target which would ensure all eight pieces of artwork and the signage and interpretation are completed before the end of 2017. Most recently, the funding applications to both Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Arts Council England have been successful, which will fund more than 60 per cent of the total project costs. The remainding funding has been secured from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s ‘High Street’ Fund, commuted sums from local development, an East Riding Arts Grant and the artist Adele Howitt has also been awarded a St Hughes Foundation grant. Further grant applications are being made to raise the final sum along with a fundraising appeal to be launched soon. The concept designs by Adele for the full trail were exhibited earlier in the year and received a very positive local response. Many people said they would be happy to contribute to a fundraising appeal. Work has already begun on some elements of the project. Hornsea School students are working with ex-employees of Hornsea Pottery and professional poet Mary Aherne, to explore the memories and stories from the factory and create original poetry to be incorporated in some of the proposed artworks. Next year, the Heritage Lottery funding will pay for equipment to enable Hornsea School students to learn original pottery techniques developed at the factory which closed in 2000. Councillor Barbara Jefferson, chairman of Hornsea Area Regeneration Partnership (HARP), said,“HARP has been working closely with Hornsea Museum and Hornsea School and Language College to develop this project over the past two years and we are so pleased to see it move into the delivery stage. A project on this scale, celebrating the industrial and design heritage of a pottery, has not been seen before in this country. Even Stoke-on-Trent, which has been successful in building tourism and economic development through its pottery heritage, does not celebrate ceramic design on its streets in such an accessible and visible way. We aim to launch the trail in autumn 2017 and to link in with the Hull UK City of Culture celebrations in order to shine a light on Hornsea’s unique heritage and attractive town centre.” Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said, “This is a very exciting project with an overarching aim to improve Hornsea’s prosperity by capitalising on the Hornsea Pottery iconic imagery and designs, enlivening the streetscape and creating a unique and lasting selling point for the town, leading to increased visitor numbers.” Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber, said, “Our industrial heritage is something we can all take pride in. Pottery is an important part of Hornsea’s heritage. Thanks to National Lottery players the project will help to discover and share this important local heritage passing on experiences from our working past to future generations.” If you would like to keep up-to-date on the progress of the project, you can ‘like’ the project’s Facebook page Heritage on the High Street, A Celebration of Hornsea Pottery www.facebook.com/HornseaArtTrail NOTES FOR EDITORS PHOTOS
- Sharing Memories workshop – Ex-pottery Employee Councillor John Whittle working with students from Hornsea School and Language College developing creative writing inspired by sharing memories of working at Hornsea Pottery.
- Concept design for ‘The Artisan Garden’ by Artist Adele Howitt – The pocket garden on Newbegin will explore the pioneering techniques and design ranges of Hornsea Pottery within the brickwork of the garden.