22nd September 2004




An exciting new visual arts project is currently exhibiting work in Lincoln and the surrounding villages.


The idea behind the new project, which is curated by an academic from the University of Lincoln, is to exhibit a selection of artwork by a collection of seven artists.


Each artist will be demonstrating their creative abilities through the themes of historic events which have occurred at each of the seven venues in the tour.


Owing to the increased difficulty in accessing art galleries geographically, organisers have arranged that visitors are escorted to and from each venue via a free coach service.


The excursions also promise to introduce visitors to historical areas of Lincoln heritage through the use of innovative visual art, which include exhibitions at Dunston Pillar and Temple Bruer Tower.


The first weekend of the excursions have been hugely successful, with more than 180 people attending its opening weekend.


The project is primarily funded by Arts Council England, with additional funding contributed by a series of other organisations including Lincoln City Council, East Lindsey District Council and the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire.


“The project’s funding partners have been extremely supportive, particularly since the show is the first of its kind in Lincolnshire” said John Plowman, exhibiting artist and senior lecturer of Fine Art at the University of Lincoln.


“It is an ideal way for the public, many of whom have never been to an art gallery, to experience artwork based upon Lincolnshire heritage, and we are already making plans for a similar event next year after the success of its opening weekend.”


The coach excursions appeal to people of all ages and run every Saturday and Sunday at 10am and 2.30pm until 9th October. Places are free but must be booked in advance. Call 01522 811809 or email info@beaconartproject.com for more information.


For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer, (01522) 886625, mcross@lincoln.ac.uk