Scarborough shops invited to display work in new art trail

Scarborough’s shops hoping to bounce back after lockdown are being offered a makeover.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 2:58 pm

In a bid to make the town centre more attractive and boost business after months of closure, stores are being invited to display the work of 12 local artists.

The pictures and photos will form part of a trail of art which will also look to brighten up empty shops.

Some locations have already been identified but plenty more are required.

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Scarborough town centre, picture taken last summer.

Locations will be selected on a first come, first served basis and artwork will be provided free of charge on photo board or as a vinyl wrap, and mounted.

The artwork, which has been created using print, photography, painting and graphic design, depicts a variety of vistas from the local area, named ‘Scenes from Scarborough’.

The installations will start to appear in the coming weeks.

The project is the first in a series of joint initiatives to be announced by Scarborough Borough Council, Scarborough Town Centre Team and Scarborough Town Deal Board, paid for by government Town Deal Fast Track funding, which was awarded to the council in December last year.

Other investments, including a green planting scheme, new technology to help people navigate around Scarborough more easily, town centre public WiFi and a nature project, will follow in the coming weeks and months.

Investment plans for Whitby and Filey are also being developed.

Liz Colling, Scarborough Borough Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for inclusive growth, said: “It is very rewarding to see the first of the fast track projects to improve the appearance of Scarborough town centre and help our local businesses bounce back strongly become a reality.

“Not only has the project created wonderful visuals for new audiences to enjoy, it has given us the opportunity to support the creative talents of local artists who contribute so much to the cultural identity of our borough.

“We hope this will be the first of many collaborations with local businesses to make the town centre a brighter place for people to visit, feel proud of and invest in.”

Richard Grunwell, Chairman of Scarborough Town Centre Team, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the need for town centres to adapt and give people new reasons to leave their homes and visit once they are allowed to do so.

“The artistic makeover of shop windows is just the beginning.

"Our team is very excited about the changes in store for Scarborough town centre and the boost we hope they will give local businesses raring to get back to contributing to the local economy.”

Businesses with a window to spare or landlords of empty units can contact [email protected] to register their interest.

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