Port landmark’s set for an art challenge

The Mount, which is set to host art workshops run by artist Louise Wood
The Mount, which is set to host art workshops run by artist Louise Wood

A MAJOR arts project is set to take place at Fleetwood’s iconic Mount Pavilion.

A series of sculptures will be created by Lancashire artist Louise Wood who will run open workshops at the centre.

And it will be the first in a programme of community activities which will take off as work is completed to the Sea Change revamp of the adjacent Marine Gardens.

Coun Bowen, Wyre Council cabinet member with responsibility for leisure and culture, said: “Fleetwood has always been very proud of its heritage and Louise’s sculptures will be another way to celebrate that.

“Her workshops will also form part of a wider community arts project designed to open up The Mount to a new audience and make more use of such a unique venue.

“We have lots of plans for more tailored activities, particularly for teens and young families, with links to the outdoor performance space in Marine Gardens once that is completed.

“There are exciting times ahead for the Fleetwood’s waterfront and we’re encouraging people to get involved.” Ms Wood (pictured) said: “I’m absolutely thrilled I have been fortunate enough to get the position.

“I have done similar regeneration events linking to community arts projects elsewhere.”

The Ormskirk artist has been chosen by Wyre Council from applicants nationwide to draw inspiration from everything from the trawling industry to the defunct Larne ferry service.

She will produce ten ceramic holdable objects for display inside the pavilion. Each will be embedded with words from local people and will open up to reveal hidden sections for further local memories to be unravelled.

She is hoping residents and visitors will provide story ideas for the sculptures.

Her plans including meeting anyone who served in the Royal Navy Patrol Service, or has a relative who did.

She would also like to speak with ex-trawlermen.

Recognising the significance of The Mount clock – installed as a memorial after the First World War – the search is on for a relative of Isaac Spencer who originally donated it. Her residency will begin on Tuesday March 1 and workshops will be from April onwards.

The Mount structure has a chequered past and has housed a variety of businesses. The Pavilion’s next permanent use could be a cafe. The council has committed to installing running water and toilet facilities.