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Artwork for Boston Bargate Market

The first opportunity to see specially commissioned artwork for Boston Bargate market at a free pop up exhibition is to be held on Wednesday, September 9.

The artwork will celebrate the traders and through them, Boston's history as a trading town.

Transported have worked in partnership with Boston Borough Council to commission artist Neil Baker from Electric Egg to create a series of "portraits" of the stalls and stall holders of Bargate Green Market in Boston.

Neil Baker, a Lincolnshire-based artist and graphic designer, has spent two months visiting the market, observing and talking to different stall holders. Neil's work will make reference to the wares they sell, the heritage of trading in a town like Boston, the sights and sounds that he witnesses and the characters he encounters. The final designs will take the form of in between eight and ten banners, each bespoke to the different stalls of the Bargate market, which will be installed at the market from October this year.

Market trading has had a significant role in Boston's history and way of life since it first became a major trading town in the 12th century, and although what is bought and sold at markets has changed dramatically in the last nine hundred years, the importance and vibrancy of the markets have not. The town's trading history is particularly relevant as Boston Borough Council discuss applying to join the modern Hanseatic League, an international trading partnership that has helped to increase tourism and economic ties for other trading towns such as Kings Lynn.

The project is the latest in a scheme by Transported in partnership with Boston Borough Council that uses art to celebrate the diverse and lively culture, history and people of Boston. Other projects include #BostonHero with artist Sarah Brown, which will portray the unspoken heroes of the town by depicting their roles on waste trucks, and the Boston Gateway Project with artist Zaneta Belasicova, who will create temporary banners in between Boston train station and St Botolph's Church, and award winning garden designer Jeni Cairns who has designed a bespoke garden to go in the Boston West area.

Neil Baker, artist, said: "I am very excited by this project, to work on such a large scale series is an exciting prospect especially with such a diversity of subject matter, from the traditional commodities of fresh produce on sale by Chris the greengrocer to L&B auctions bizarre array of items offered up for sale that include everything and the kitchen sink!"

Chris the Fruit Veg Man (2) Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Leanne Willis from Boston Borough Council said: "We are operating closely with Transported focusing on the importance of our historic market town. The market is already a recognised tourist attraction in its own right but there are still people within the locality that will be surprised at the diverse and attractive range of goods that the market has to offer. Neil Baker has been working closely with some of the current market traders to try to artistically portray the personal feel that the market has whilst also reminding of the importance of the history behind Boston Markets. I am hoping that the art piece will encourage the public to visit the Bargate Green Market and to continue to be proud of their local people and local businesses."

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The exhibition of Neil Baker's initial designs for the banners takes place next Wednesday at the Boston Bargate Green market.  He will also be sketching - so if you'd like to join him for some sketching and drawing, then come along to the market and look out for the Transported banner.  All materials will be included and Neil has lots of tips to get you started no matter what your skill level!

For more information on this project, contact Grace Osbourne on 07747 271820 or email TransportedGrace@litc.org.uk 

To find out more about the Transported project and to sign up for updates, visit their website at www.transportedart.com or call the office on 01406 701006. We are also on Facebook: transportedart and Twitter @TransportedArt

 

 

The exhibition of Neil Baker's initial designs for the banners takes place next Wednesday at the Boston Bargate Green market.  He will also be sketching - so if you'd like to join him for some sketching and drawing, then come along to the market and look out for the Transported banner.  All materials will be included and Neil has lots of tips to get you started no matter what your skill level!

For more information on this project, contact Grace Osbourne on 07747 271820 or email TransportedGrace@litc.org.uk 

To find out more about the Transported project and to sign up for updates, visit their website at www.transportedart.com or call the office on 01406 701006. We are also on Facebook: transportedart and Twitter @TransportedArt