Community asked to support footbridge art project

A crowdfunding project has been launched to transform a rundown footbridge into an ‘inspirational’ walkthrough featuring art by local young people. 

Diversity Lewes hopes to raise £2,000 for the refurbishment of a footbridge that links Pinwell Road to East Sussex College in De Montford Road, Lewes. 

The scheme envisages that young artists, through Lewes district schools, will compete for their artwork to be displayed in 12 places on all-weather panels on the footbridge. They will be asked to create designs on various themes including climate change and Black Lives Matter. 

Leading the project is Anthony Kalume, of Diversity Lewes, who hopes the project will kick-off an annual arts event to encourage upcoming local talented artists.  

He said: “Diversity Lewes was formed to create awareness on all things discriminatory and hence this project promotes inclusion and the valuable differences within our community worth celebrating.” 

He added that winners’ art will also be shown online. 

Among the scheme’s supporters is Councillor Adrian Ross, Chair of Lewes District Council, who has donated £250 through the Chair’s Civic Allowance. 

He said: “I’m delighted to give my backing to this exciting project and believe, as the organisers do, that a new look footbridge would be inspirational to the many young students who walk though it to get to college most days.  

“This venture chimes perfectly with my twin themes of office of ‘environmental action and a fair society’ and I very much look forward to seeing how our talented young people interpret them in their artwork.” 

To donate towards the project or for more information visit: crowdfunder.co.uk/community-art-project-diversity-lewes

The picture is of Councillor Ross and Anthony Kalume at the bridge.