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Appeal launched

Sculpture festival ‘would help unite Leith’

Artist Lucy Wayman with mophead artwork (by Terry Murden)
Artist Lucy Wayman with mophead artwork (by Terry Murden)

* Event could attract thousands to port

A new creative festival for Leith was launched last night with an appeal to raise up to £20,000.

Organisers want to develop an event based around sculpture that will bring the community together and lure thousands of visitors to the port.

The Leith Trust, chaired buy Sir Andrew Cubie, has taken its lead from similar projects in Sydney and Aarhus in Denmark which both attracted 500,000 visitors over a month.

Margaret Allan, a trustee for Leith Trust, launched the appeal to guests at a showcase event, Sculpture By the Sea, held on the Vine Trust Barge in the Prince of Wales Dock.

“I would love to see visitors on the cruise ships coming into Leith,” she said, adding that one aim of the festival would be to unite the area.

“There are two Leiths, the older area and the new developments, and as in other port areas such as Liverpool this sort of thing does help bring about a sense of community.”

Funds raised would initially be used to develop a feasibility study, pay the costs of a curator, exhibition manager and fund-raiser, and market the event.

Talks have been held with Edinburgh City Council and other potential supporters.

The launch featured an untitled work by Edinburgh College of Art graduate Lucy Wayman, 22. The work was made up of 135 mopheads which were handwoven.

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