Brigg artwork is back on track

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PLANS for a groundbreaking public arts project are back on track, with Filey Brigg to get its own landmark installation as part of a series of artworks along the Wolds Way.

Funding issues had led to concerns about the scheme being scaled back, but a recent Arts Council grant of £80,000 has allowed project co-ordinators to start commissioning artists to work alongside the community.

The aim is to create 10 pieces of land-based art at various settings along the 79-mile national trail which runs from the banks of the River Humber to the Brigg headland.

A presentation was given to Filey town councillors at the end of last year, who broadly welcomed the project although full consultation will be necessary before any specific design is agreed.

The first artwork to be revealed includes a winding chalk path edged by split oak fence posts leading to a raised viewing platform and a newly created dew pond. Warrior figures carved in lime-stained oak will ‘guard’ the work and are based on archaeological finds from the local area.

Cluny Macpherson, regional director for the Arts Council England, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this ambitious and high-quality public art project which represents the first ever commission of artworks on one of the UK’s national trails. This project is a really exciting opportunity for artists to create and show new work in this unique setting.

“The finished artworks will be a draw for visitors and will enhance enjoyment of the wonderful Wolds landscapes.”

The pieces will be complemented by a series of carved wooden benches etched with poetry by Scarborough poet John Wedgewood Clark.

The project is being led by the tourism body Visit Hull and East Yorkshire and has so far secured £150,000 from the LEADER programme for rural development, plus other contributions. The arts trail is due to be finished by next summer.