Grimsby Top Town Market gets creative with new Artist in Residence

Creating inspirational art from the words and sounds that are heard at Grimsby Top Town Market will be the focus of a new creative project.

Called ‘Eavesdropper’ – a word that gives people a clue as to the subject matter – British creative Adrian Riley is the latest Artist in Residence at the market on selected days from now until Saturday 4 April.

Commissioned as part of the Art in the Market project, Adrian will look and listen to the sights and sounds of the market, taking effective words and phrases to create text artworks.

At the end of the residency, specially created miniature artworks will be put into a unique vending machine, and people can use it to take the artworks home for free.

Adrian will round off Eavesdropper with a family drop-in at the market unveiling the vending machine and its contents.

Eye-catching signs will be displayed, explaining Eavesdropper and how to use the vending machine to obtain a ‘free gift’.

Each gift will be a unique text artwork inspired by an overheard sound in the market and created using old letterpress typefaces.

The final unveiling and the opportunity to get a free gift will take place on Saturday 4 April between 10am and 4pm.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partners ENGIE, Adrian is the latest in a series of artists in residence as part of the Art in the Market project delivered by Our Big Picture.

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