Kirkham’s historic past will be celebrated with a series of fantastic new art installations being unveiled on a special day for the Fylde market town.
Saturday July 10th will not only see a new Artisan Market arrive in Market Square and the annual funfair in full flow on Memorial Park, but a celebratory moment in the town’s status as one of Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HS HAZ).
For the past six months Kirkham’s Cultural Consortium has worked with artist Alex Blakely to create Kirkham Treasures – a series of community engagement projects – that have led to the design of a number of interactive art installations.
These will be unveiled on July 10th and include:
Take up the challenge of the Kirkham Quest, learn about Kirkham’s history while interacting with the artwork, enter your answers into a special prize draw to win vouchers worth overall £150, to spend in local shops.
Entry forms, Kirkham bespoke shopping bags and copies of the ‘Kirkham Through Time’ map will be handed out on the day from the Kirkham Treasures stand on Market Square (between 9am and 3pm).
The day marks the successful end of the Cultural Consortium’s six-month HS HAZ pilot project. Now, thanks to a new £80,000 Historic England grant, the Consortium’s work can be widened to create far more creative opportunities over the next three years.
Helen Juste, Kirkham Cultural Consortium’s Cultural Producer, said: “Saturday July 10th is the culmination of six months hard work by the Cultural Consortium which is made up of representatives from local business and passionate local residents all keen to see Kirkham flourish.
“It has been great to see the community really get on board and celebrate the town’s wonderful heritage. Artist Alex Blakley has facilitated an activity programme to provide everyone with the opportunity to get involved and this has resulted in the creation of some amazing interactive artworks.
“We’ve had a fantastic response to the workshops and everyone who has engaged has had a great time, enjoyed learning about local heritage and contributed to the creation of the town centre artworks.
“The community has been truly central to their creation so it would be brilliant to see as many people as possible there on the day.”
The HS HAZ Cultural Programme, led by Historic England, in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, aims to make high streets more attractive, engaging, and vibrant places for people to live, work and spend time.
The £80,000 grant awarded to Kirkham will enable the town’s Cultural Consortium to deliver:
It is hoped the programme of events and initiatives will not only inspire local creativity but improve health and wellbeing through increased community and social engagement.
Full details can be found by visiting www.kirkhamtreasures.co.uk
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