A call has gone out to artists to submit work for a new public art and sculpture trail in Great Yarmouth. 

The project is being commissioned by Great Yarmouth Borough Council (GYBC) and funded by the Town Deal.

It will consist of ten pieces of art – such as sculptures or murals - designed to provide an outdoor gallery and circular route from the Market Place to the seafront. 

And, with money from the government’s Future High Streets programme, the borough council is also looking to commission a regionally and nationally important landmark sculpture which will be installed as part of the work currently underway at the Market Place. 

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council Carl Smith.Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council Carl Smith. (Image: Archant)

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Councillor Carl Smith, borough council leader, said: “We hope the trail will offer our residents and visitors the opportunity to see first-class public art and give people a chance to explore Great Yarmouth and discover more about the town.” 

The artworks will focus on the themes of maritime and medieval history, the borough’s arts heritage, seaside, as well as transport and energy. 

Providing access to a free-to-access outdoor gallery means that anyone can enjoy art and culture in the town and the plans include volunteering and training opportunities. 

Great Yarmouth Mercury: A new sculpture will be installed at Great Yarmouth Market Place. A new sculpture will be installed at Great Yarmouth Market Place. (Image: James Weeds)


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The council is now working with a variety of organisations, including the Royal Society of Sculptors and Norfolk and Suffolk Art Forums, to promote the procurement opportunity – which is open to anyone - to as many local artists as possible before the closure date for submissions on November 10. 

The submissions will then be assessed by a panel, made up of GYBC officers, members and representatives from The Arts Council and Historic England, with a view to announcing the final commissions by the end of November. 

To find out more about the project and enter a submission for the trail visit https://www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/public-art-trail-and-market-place-sculpture