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New artist project at Memorial Park, Fleetwood

New artist project at Memorial Park, Fleetwood Published Monday, 25 March 2019

Wyre Council has commissioned local artist Lisa Wigham to lead a new project for the community to get involved in at Memorial Park in Fleetwood.

The project, known as ‘breathing space’ will emphasise the council’s vision for a healthy town and the park’s role as a place of memorial and also a place for relaxation and improved health and wellbeing. The project will give the community an understanding of the ways in which the park has been used in the past and its links to the towns original 1920’s vision as a place for fresh air and exercise.

The project is launching on Saturday 13 April with a free art event at 12pm - 3pm where everyone is welcome to come along the Pavilion and make a time capsule themed clay tile to take home. Bring along objects for the activity that tell the story of your life in 2019 - tools, toys, trinkets or mementos and use their imprints to decorate your clay tile. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced artist everyone is welcome to take part and visit the community garden too. The workshop is suitable for both adults and children alike.

Following the launch event, the project will involve a range of creative workshops, activities and trails running throughout the year at the park for local people to get involved in. These activities will be designed to embrace relaxation, remembrance and improve health and wellbeing. It’s also hoped that some of the workshops may help to trigger memories of the park for those living with dementia.

Artist Lisa Wigham has worked with communities striving to make great art since 1997. She runs creative workshops for all ages, to share skills that keep hand-made craft traditions alive. Her work incorporates artisan printmaking, ceramics, book binding and sign-writing for exhibitions in galleries and more unexpected public spaces for art such as parks or empty shop windows. She has a piece displayed at Preston Train Station and has also had solo exhibitions at The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, South Square, Bradford and Kings College, Cambridge.

Mark Fenton, Parks and Open Spaces Manager at Wyre Council comments, “I am delighted to see this project get off the ground. We want to inspire visitors to come to the park and learn about its history. It’s also a great opportunity for local people to get out and enjoy some fresh air, relaxation and to socialise – all great ways to improve your health and wellbeing.”

To find out about this and future events at Memorial Park follow @WyreCouncil on Facebook.

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