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Shoppers wowed as virtual art project comes to life in town centre!

Shoppers wowed as virtual art project comes to life in town centre!

by Tom Martin (September 2021)

AN art project to help encapsulate the past, present and future of Ormskirk has been ramped up this week to encourage more locals to come forward with their contributions.

‘Once Upon a Town’ is a new virtual museum and gallery, which is formed by local residents who are invited to send in submissions that celebrate Ormskirk.

Last week, people in the town centre will have noticed an advertising campaign with miniature Vikings and a refurbished telephone box.

There was also a piece of artwork called Ormskirk 100 Years from Now, created by the artist Alex Jukes in collaboration with pupils from both Ormskirk and West End primary school.

The project has been funded by both Historic England and Arts Council England to raise awareness of local heritage, while also looking to develop a cultural vision for the town.

West Lancashire Borough Council is also behind the project and they are asking residents to harness their creative and artistic flair by contributing to three specific areas of the project.

These are ‘The Attic’, which focuses on Ormskirk’s past, ‘The Tower Room’, focusing on the pandemic covering the whole of West Lancashire and finally ‘The Grand Hall’, an installation looking at Ormskirk 100 years from now.

The website is now live and residents are being asked to submit interesting facts, stories and memories about the historic market town.

The organisers are also looking for people to contribute with representations of their experience of the pandemic which has affected so many of the borough’s residents over the past 18 months.

To find out more, visit the website: https://onceuponatownormskirk.co.uk.

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