Artwork plans for council waste trucks

Transported are looking for an artist to decorate Boston Borough Council recycling lorries.

Transported are looking for an artist to decorate Boston Borough Council recycling lorries.

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The chance to have your artwork displayed on the side of a vehicle and seen by thousands is being offered to creative types in the Boston area.

Transported Arts is looking to commission artwork to go on the side of Boston Borough Council’s refuge trucks.

Boston Borough Council's refuse trucks are set to be adorned with artwork.

Boston Borough Council's refuse trucks are set to be adorned with artwork.

As part of their ongoing Haulage project, Transported is working in partnership with the council to commission an artist or designer for a venture that will transport art across Boston borough using six of the council’s waste trucks as a canvas.

Melissa Poulson, communications and relationships manager for Transported, said: “Art doesn’t always have to be in a gallery that is visited; it can take place or be displayed in so many more places, and in this project we will be exploring how the every day and functional can be transformed into something creative and inspirational.”

In 2014, Transported worked with Lincolnshire based company FreshLinc to commission artist Alisha Miller to design artwork for 10 of their lorries.

The final designs depict the ‘everyday’ landscapes of Lincolnshire. The first wrapped lorry was launched in London in Parliament last year. The remaining nine lorries will be revealed this spring.

The new commission has just been released, requiring an artist or designer to create a collection of six inspirational and original designs reflecting at least one of the themes of culture, landscape or communities of Boston borough. The brief is completely open about the approach on how to do this, inviting artists and designers to come up with dynamic and original suggestions.

Coun Yvonne Gunter, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for leisure services, said: “This is a great opportunity for people who live in, work in and visit Boston and the borough to look beyond the everyday, towards the horizon, and be reminded of all within reach which gives life bigger purpose. It is all too easy to be absorbed by the pressures of the here and now and sometimes we miss the positives we can engage with through our local culture, landscape and communities – all things which can deliver real inspiration. Who knows what might occur through looking at the side of an everyday bin lorry going about its everyday business when the view is a window on a world close by but sometimes far distant.”

To download a full brief for the project or to get more information on this commission, visit www.transportedart.com/artist-commissions-2015, or alternatively call Lucy Lumb on 07834 520958.

The deadline for all expressions of interest is 5pm on Tuesday, April 7.