Funding commission for library art work

FUNDING has been set aside for a new window installation as part of the £1.6 million refurbishment of the main library in Claremont.

East Sussex County Council’s Library and Information Service has been awarded £56,000 from the Arts Council England’s Lottery funding.

The money will be used to commission three works of art under the title Transparent.

Three artists will be selected to create pieces for Newhaven, Seaford and Hastings libraries and will share the creative process with local people.

The Claremont library installation is expected to involve one of the windows on site.

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

“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.”

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

The county council is carrying out a project to improve library and registration services in Hastings by developing the existing library in the Brassey Institute and expanding into 12 Claremont, the building next to the existing Hastings Library. The work has not started yet.