Lorry art to showcase Boston and South Holland areas

A lorry with the first design
Image caption The first lorry to carry one of 10 designs was unveiled in Spalding

An art group is using lorries as canvases to exhibit art celebrating Lincolnshire's "unique landscape".

Transported, which aims to get more people exposed to art, said its haulage project would also showcase Boston and South Holland's "culture and people".

The first lorry to carry one of 10 designs, which will feature a field of tulips, will be officially launched on Thursday at Parliament, in London.

The other nine will be created with the help of local community groups.

Nick Jones, from the Holbeach art group, said the haulage industry "plays a dynamic part" in the county's economy and culture.

"Alisha Miller [the artist] will be working with residents all over Boston Borough and South Holland... turning their ideas into fantastic prints to be exhibited and 'Transported' on lorries."

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Image caption The designs will travel around Europe including to Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and France

Mark Simmonds, Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness, said: "Transported have done great work in my constituency amongst the local community, and I am pleased that both their work and talent from Lincolnshire will be showcased in Parliament."

The 10 designs will also travel to countries such as Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and France as well as around the UK.

Ashley Holland, from Spalding-based haulage company FreshLinc, said: "These trailers will pass hundreds if not thousands of people every day and every time with their own unique backdrop."

Last year, Transported, funded by Arts Council England, commissioned artists to put on more than 150 events and activities in the Boston and South Holland areas.

Laura Dyer, from Arts Council England, said: "One of the ideas behind the artwork is to reflect pride in the Boston and South Holland area and inspire a greater sense of place."

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