Arts project is legacy of the Olympics and Paralympics

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A WEBSITE where residents can upload their own words and pictures to show hidden gems of the area from Lewes to Seaford on a map is part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Former Paralympian and Seaford artist Kristina Veasey secured Arts Council England funding for Beyond the Torch Run, a community engagement project that brings together art and the spirit of the Games.

It has also been granted the prestigious Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme, which recognises innovative and exceptional projects directly inspired by the Games.

Beyond the Torch Run is inspired by the Olympic torch coming through Lewes.

It aims to bring the spirit of the Paralympics to those living beyond the torch run, between Lewes and Seaford.

People of all ages and abilities are invited to help build a map through the interactive website www.beyondthetorchrun.co.uk

By uploading their artwork, photos, poems, memories, songs and tweets a map will be created that shows the area from a local perspective.

“The aim is to re-engage local people with their landscape, and also to encourage others living further afield to come and explore what we have to offer, it is about standing up and being proud of where we live,” said Kristina, who competed in the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.

The website will be available to view for two years, enabling visitors from near and far to discover the hidden gems of the area.

Five local groups have been working with artists Kristina Veasey, Jo Brown, Simon Wood, Tony Anderson, and Giles Paley-Phillips to give their response to what makes this area unique.

An exhibition of the work will be staged at The Crypt Gallery, Seaford, from September 10 to 12, to coincide with the end of the Paralympic Games. A map of the area featuring ‘local landmarks’ contributed through the website, will be launched at the gallery exhibition and available free from local outlets.