Final phase of £10k arts project officially unveiled

Unveiling of Station to Stump artwork.
Unveiling of Station to Stump artwork.

Artwork celebrating Boston has been added to the route between the town’s railway station and The Stump in the final phase of a £10,000 project.

The colourful pieces come as part of the Boston Gateway project, which started with sprucing up the garden area near B&M, in Lawrence Lane, and St Botolph’s footbridge.

The area was nominated for some artistic intervention by Jody Raggo, of Witham Central and Carlton Road Neighbourhood Action Group, through the On Your Doorstep scheme run by arts organisation Transported.

This sees community groups working with artists, designers, and sculptors to improve public spaces.

The Boston Gateway project was supported by a large number of organisations, including Boston in Bloom, Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways team, Boston Borough Council, the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, and The Stump.

Earlier in the year, it saw award-winning garden designer Jeni Cairns carry out work in the area near B&M. For the final phase, London-based artist Zaneta Belasicova was commissioned to create banners for walls and vinyls for shelters at the train and bus stations.

The work was officially unveiled last weekend.

Nick Jones, Transported programme director, said: “We are really delighted with Zaneta’s artwork and the impact they have on the area. The designs have been informed by workshops with local residents, children and Len Medlock Centre users, so they are a joyous picture of Boston, what people do and what makes it special.

“We wanted to respond to the nomination of the green as an area that would benefit from improvements, while looking at the wider corridor through which visitors move from the station to the new bridge.

“These artworks add colour and interest to enrich people’s experience when visiting the town and hopefully demonstrate how art can make a positive contribution to the urban landscape.”

He added: “Having secured further funding from Arts Council, we hope Zaneta’s art will inspire people to work with us to do more sculpture and artistic interventions in the area.”

Mr Raggo thanked Transported and the artists for their work, adding: “It is a remarkable and beautiful renovation and will certainly be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The overall project has certainly improved the visitor experience within the town.”

Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman attended the artwork’s unveiling last weekend.

Speaking to the Standard, he praised its contribution to the town, saying: “Encouraging more tourists to come to Boston is a key part of what I’d like to see in town over the coming years – that means projects such as the new Stump lights, improvements to Market Place shopfronts and the work of fantastic organisations like Transported are vital in making sure Boston feels welcoming.

“I look forward to seeing even more local art over Christmas and beyond.”

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