An innovative project which uses artwork to raise awareness of Scarborough’s rich heritage has been launched throughout the town.
The “Paint the Town Trail” features eight information boards which show high-quality reproductions of locally-themed artworks from the Scarborough Art Gallery collection.
The boards are placed at the sites which inspired the artists to produce the original painting.
The project was created by Scarborough Civic Society Civic. Chairman Adrian Perry said: “This project has taken almost a year to come to fruition and essentially is the Civic Society’s tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“Our older members may remember that we had a special project for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, which was the model of Scarborough in 1377, which is now on display in St Andrew’s Church.
“When we looked at this idea of bringing the art which is on display in our art gallery into the streets of Scarborough, we thought that although other towns had already tried this, here in Scarborough we could come up with a unique concept which was the have the art displayed on the site where the original artist was inspired to produce his work.
“First we needed to be sure that people would support such a project and so we presented the idea to many public meetings and it soon became clear that people supported the idea.
“Then we needed to find the funding for the project and we were delighted when the Heritage Lottery Fund came up with the £9,900 needed for such a project.”
Mr Perry thanked the Heritage Lottery Fund and everyone who has supported the project.
These include Shirley Collier at Scarborough Museum’s Trust, The Scarborough News, who helped with the public selection of the final eight works of art, Tim Furness who advised on graphic design, Chris Hall who advised on planning issues, Alex Richards and Adrian Hill for their assistance with installation and Peter Cooper, who devoted many hours to ensuring the accuracy of the information contained in the trail.
The boards are in North Bay opposite the Sands, at the end of Marine Drive where it meets East Pier, Old (Vincent’s) Pier, the seating area below Burr Bank, West Pier facing over the beach, outside the Spa Sun Court, on the path which runs up through the gardens from the Spa Chalet to the Esplanade and at the junction of Westborough and Newborough. Trail leaflets can be picked up at Tourist Information Centres.