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#BostonHero - a new art project for Boston Borough

The search is on for our unsung heroes - community-spirited people in Boston Borough who quietly go about their duties, paid or otherwise, so we can all enjoy a more pleasant place to live.

The roles these people have and the instantly recognisable places they work in are going to be celebrated in twelve new artworks by artist Sarah Brown. Sarah has been commissioned by Transported, the Boston and South Holland arts programme, to design new artworks for six of Boston Borough Council's refuse/recycling collection lorries, working in partnership with Boston Borough Council. Sarah wants to hear from local people, so that she can meet, understand and create drawings of the people who will inspire these new artworks.

Nominating your heroes couldn't be simpler. You can help Sarah to find her inspiration by simply sharing a photograph of your unsung hero with a brief description of their role, along with your own name and the hashtag #BostonHero on Twitter or Facebook.  You can also fill in the nomination form to submit online at http://www.transportedart.com/bostonhero/ or pick up a form from the Boston Borough Council offices, the library or the CVS, and send it in to the Transported office at the following address: Transported, Holbeach St Marks Community Association Building, Sluice Road, Holbeach St Marks, Lincolnshire PE12 8HF. The deadline for nominations is Friday 24 July.

An initial advert on the refuse/recycling collection lorries will publicise the search, and the finished artwork vinyls will appear on the lorries in September. 

Melissa Poulson, Communications and relationships manager of Transported, said: "Two of Transported's main aims are to bring the arts to unexpected places, and to celebrate what is so special about our local area.  We're delighted to be working with Sarah and Boston Borough Council on a project which combines both, through artistically commemorating the local heroes we almost certainly come into contact with, but might not realise are there.  The fact that the project is on refuse freighters not only makes something extraordinary out of the ordinary, but means that they will be seen regularly out and about in Boston Borough as a little reminder of the fantastic people we have here."
Sarah will be at Boston Market on Wednesday 1 July, along with staff from Boston Borough Council and the Transported team to talk about the project, encourage nominations, and offer some creative opportunities! Please come along to meet her and hear more about these exciting new artworks.

Sarah Brown, artist, said: "This is a real opportunity to celebrate the work of individuals we all know. They do not ask for praise or recognition, but they do deserve it. I can't wait to create exciting artworks based on the community in Boston. The idea for the project is to look at local people and groups who make a difference to the community - they could be the local postie, shopkeeper, playgroup leader, hospital volunteer, village hall caretaker, litter picker or sports coach - who have been there for many years and are favourites among people. Those who quietly go about supporting their communities, often as unpaid volunteers."

Sarah, who has already spent a day on a refuse/recycling collection lorry with one of the crews, added: "The photographs I take when I meet people will be translated into illustrations and in turn made into artworks for sides of the lorries for all to enjoy."

Boston Borough Council's Head of operations, George Bernard, said: "We are all really excited at the opportunity to recognise local people and their efforts amongst our community through Sarah's artworks on our fleet, which may well be unique across local authorities. Our operational staff are particularly excited to see how the designs for their specific vehicles will come to fruition, which would not have been possible without the support of the Transported team and their ideas".

For further information, please contact Lucy Lumb from the Transported team, by emailing lucy.lumb@litc.org.uk or phoning 07834 520958.

To find out more about the Transported project and to sign up for updates, visit our website at www.transportedart.com, or call the office on 01406 701006.  

We are also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/transportedart) and Twitter (@TransportedArt).

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Artist Sarah Brown with the council's refuse collectors Paul Chapman and Kevin Capps