Take part in project to transform a Bexhill footbridge into a public art gallery

People in Hastings and Rother are being invited to transform a footbridge at Bexhill railway station into a public art gallery.

The Footbridge Project aims to inspire to inspire local residents and enliven the town’s urban fabric in a colourful and engaging way.

Tim Birch, who is involved in the community project, said: “Since the unwelcome arrival of Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdowns, people now more than ever have a deeper appreciation of their immediate surroundings and the world around them.

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“We are launching an art competition open to anyone in the Bexhill Rother and Hastings area to make the footbridge at Bexhill Station into what just might be the world’s first Footbridge Gallery.

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“The work can be in any medium - photography, painting, knitting, sculpture, computer graphics, or even sound! The theme is ‘Crossing to Happier Times’.

“Approximately 40 pieces of glorious art will be chosen. The works will be digitally printed onto graffiti-proofed vinyl and applied to the existing internal walls of the footbridge.

“For those who are worried that the windows might go. Worry not, we are going to clean them the best we can and will try and graffiti-proof them once cleaned. We cannot, unfortunately change them but we are sure they will look brilliant once cleaned up and surrounded by art.”

All submissions must abide by the theme: Crossing to Happier Times. There is an entry fee of £5 for adults and £2.50 for under 16’s, which will go toward funding the project. All media is allowed.

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Entry forms and entry fee/donations must be submitted by April 2 and the deadline for submitting artwork is May 28. The chosen pieces of art will be selected by the public and a select group of judges to be announced.

For the full rules and your entry form please email [email protected] or if you have any questions you can ask them on the Footbridge Project Bexhill Facebook page.