Works of art to be commissioned for libraries in Newhaven and Seaford

New Seaford Library.
New Seaford Library.

Artists will be commissioned to create pieces to celebrate the opening of libraries at Newhaven and Seaford thanks to a grant.

East Sussex County Council’s Library and Information Service was awarded £56,000 from the Arts Council England’s Lottery Funding for the pieces.

The money will also be put towards a work of art for Hastings Library.

County council lead member for community services Chris Dowling said: “We are investing in libraries because we realise that these facilities are at the heart of our communities.

“We are delighted to have received this funding as it gives us the opportunity to add public art commissions and further improve the experience of visiting the libraries.

“Throughout the process the artists will be asked to make the creative process as transparent as possible and we hope members of the public will enjoy following the artists as they create their pieces.

“This is also a great opportunity for artists to showcase their work to new audiences.”

The theme for the works of art will be transparency.

At Seaford Library, a shared facility comprising a library, café, adult day services and supported accommodation, an artist will be asked to create new outdoor seating at a bus stop outside the building.

The artist selected for the planned Hastings Library will be asked to design a window to be installed at the back of the library.

The window needs to provide natural light while deflecting from the view of a disused print works which has been empty for many years.

The third installation will be a specially designed window at Newhaven Library overlooking the bus station.

A call for artists to apply for the commissions will follow later in the year.