We are pleased to announced David Mackie as the selected artist for a new project to develop a series of artworks sited in pavements and walls around Sleaford. For ‘When in Sleaford’ Mackie will be creating works that act as way-markers, map out pathways through and around the town and inform residents and visitors about existing public artworks.
‘When in Sleaford’ will be delivered in partnership with the William Alvey Church of England Primary School, and Mackie will work closely with pupils, parents and local groups to develop the ideas, sites and content for the artworks.
David Mackie will also be working with the school on Project 72, creating a special artwork to commemorate the 72 local young men from the school who died in the First World War.
Stephen Tapley, head teacher at William Alvey School commented on the selection:
“The children at William Alvey are very excited about ‘When in Sleaford’. I know they are looking forward to working with David and the other local schools on the urban trail. Linking the existing artwork in the town with newly commissioned pieces which celebrate Sleaford’s heritage is going to leave a lasting legacy. It is even more exciting for us because we are going to ask David to help us with our WW1 memorial in remembrance of the 72 ‘lost’ Alvey boys.”
David Mackie has a great deal of experience of working with communities to deliver public art projects. His artworks respond to locations, with themes which are often local, focusing on the collective histories and the unique identity of an area. Originally trained in Ceramics, he now works in a wide range of materials, in recent years increasingly using Cast Metals and Stone.
Some of his previous work can be viewed at www.davidmackie.org