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Creative drive: Down Under art at Swineshead school

Swineshead pupils have previewed one of the new Fenland Folk trailers, to spark ideas for an art on lorries competition.

To celebrate the launch of Fenland Folk, the second art on lorries project, Transported, the Boston and South Holland arts organisation, and local haulage company Freshlinc have invited students from Swineshead St Mary's Primary School to design their own model lorry inspired by the area.

The first art on lorries project was completed in association with Boston Borough Council and saw local community champions portrayed on the sides of the council's bin lorries fleet.

Transported and Freshlinc premiered one of their new trailers to Key Stage One pupils from the school. Artist Neil Baker talked the pupils through his design inspired by Donington-born navigator Matthew Flinders, leader of the first circumnavigation of Australia.

The pupils also learned about the haulage industry as Ashley Holland, Commercial Manager for Freshlinc, demonstrated how lorries work and what they are used for.

Four winning designs from the pupils will be selected by Fenland Folk artists Neil Baker and Steven Hatton, of Electric Egg, in the next few weeks. The winning designs will be printed onto model lorries, which will be presented to pupils by representatives from Freshlinc, Transported and Electric Egg at a special assembly.

Commissioned by Transported and Freshlinc and designed by artists from Electric Egg, Fenland Folk, draws attention to Boston borough's and South Holland's famous and lesser-known heroes and events, as chosen by Freshlinc employees. From botanist Sir Joseph Banks, to the legend of King John's treasure, the ten designs are sure to instil awe and curiosity about South Lincolnshire, as they travel around the Continent on the side of Freshlinc trailers. All ten spectacular Fenland Folk lorries will be displayed together for the first time at Springfields Event and Conference Centre from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Tuesday, January 31. Entry is free.

Swineshead St Mary's teacher Gemma Haines said: "Children loved the visit. They enjoyed looking around the FreshLinc lorry and learning some exciting facts. Children have been discussing and working hard on their artwork to develop their own designs for a trailer. They have enjoyed finding out more about their local community"

Grace Osbourne, Arts and Marketing Coordinator for Transported, said: "The project is a fantastic opportunity for the students to work with professional artists and learn more about the haulage industry. We look forward to seeing their final designs."

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Swineshead St Mary's Primary School children get a first look at the Matthew Flinders-inspired lorry art. Picture: Electric Egg