Grizedale Arts

Creative Egremont: A Public Art Strategy for Egremont

01/02/2006 until 0000

Egremont is a West Cumbrian town close to the Sellafield nuclear processing site. Suffering economic decline since the demise of mining and other traditional industries, the town sustains the world famous 'gurning' (face pulling) championship and the historic Crab Fair.

In 2005 the Egremont & Area Regeneration Partnership took the unusual step of commissioning Grizedale Arts to create an evolving programme of temporary public art projects celebrating local culture, that would provide a platform for future cultural growth.

The resulting projects included the 'Folk Float' (a mobile museum designed by public works ) creating the Egremont FM radio station, a Community Orchard, public lighting schemes, the renovation of Thornhill Bus Shelter, a RIBA competition to create a new performance structure for the Norman Castle and the reinstatement of the town's Greasy Pole (with Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane). The next phase of the project will see the creation of a new cultural production centre for the town at Florence Mine and the building of the new Castle Pavilion by Swiss architects Decosterd Cotting.

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