Four sculptures on their way to Scarborough

The Ray Lonsdale sculpture Wipe Clean with a Soft Cloth, and below, organisers set for a bumper art exhibition in the old boatyard on Foreshore Road

The Ray Lonsdale sculpture Wipe Clean with a Soft Cloth, and below, organisers set for a bumper art exhibition in the old boatyard on Foreshore Road

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IRON statues by ‘Freddie’ artist Ray Lonsdale will be the centrepiece of a new free festival, which organisers hope will cement Scarborough’s reputation as a leading arts hotspot.

Four life-size statues valued at between £11,000 and £18,000 will take up temporary residence alongside ‘Freddie’ – the huge sculpture on Royal Albert Drive – at the festival, which takes place at the old boatyard on Sandside on the weekend of December 10 and December 11.

Plans are being made for a bumper art exhibition which will be held in the Old Boatyard on Foreshore road. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114631'16/11/11

Plans are being made for a bumper art exhibition which will be held in the Old Boatyard on Foreshore road. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114631'16/11/11

And pupils from Scarborough secondary schools will have the chance to have their work displayed alongside the statues, with a competition taking place to find the best young artist in the town.

A Scarborough businessman has donated a 32-inch flatscreen TV as a prize to encourage youngsters to pick up a brush.

Youngsters are being urged to enter or to create any work as soon as possible to show the creativity of the area’s youth. See page 22 for how to enter. Judging the competition will be one of Britain’s leading artists, Scarborough-born Clive Head.

Mr Head has previously had work exhibited at the National Gallery, and the festival organiser, artist Ken Wood, believes the festival shows that Scarborough’s art scene is truly booming..

He said: “There are 23 studios throughout Scarborough, a number I couldn’t believe when I first heard it.

“Scarborough’s art scene is thriving. I was speaking to a top artist the other day, and they said they were thinking about moving here, just because of how well Scarborough’s doing. The event will be a great showcase for Scarborough.”

The festival opens on December 9 with a preview evening between 7pm until 10pm, with competition winners being announced by Scarborough Mayor Cllr John Blackburn, one of whose mayoral themes is youth.

The event will also be open between 10am until 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday.

The event is being billed as “Yorkshire’s cheapest day out” with 500 free car parking spaces along Marine Drive to use.

l Arts festival – page 22