Volunteers needed to create eye-catching art

A giant piece of art is being created at Haigh to celebrate The Tour of Britain as it rides through the borough.

Britain’s biggest road race is making its way to Haigh this Saturday and Community groups and individuals are invited to get involved in a Landscape Art project.

The piece, a 24 metre by 24 metre abstract installation of a bike, will be visible from the sky as television helicopters broadcast to over 120 countries as the race makes its way to the finish line in Manchester.

Creator of the design, professional artist Dani Gaines will lead the group of schoolchildren and volunteers in completing the piece. Dani specialises in engaging members of the public in creative activities and she's passionate about increasing people's wellbeing through their own creative expression. 

If you want to be part of creating this eye-catching piece of history, participants will be needed on Tuesday 10th September from 12.30 – 3.00pm (approx.) to help prepare the design by cutting out materials, applying gaffa tape and securing the piece in place.

The community project has been arranged with Wigan Council as part of The Fire Within Cultural Manifesto work to engage residents in arts and cultural activity.  Year 1 of the Manifesto focuses on Wigan’s Future Artists and engaging with young people from the borough.

The 165km OVO Energy Tour of Britain will arrive in the borough Saturday 14 September and will travel through Haigh, Aspull, Hindley, Hindley Green, Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley before finishing in Manchester city centre on Deansgate.

The race will pass through Wigan Borough from 2pm – 2:30pm.

Volunteers that would like to help with the Community Landscape Arts project should meet at Haigh Visitor Centre from 12.30pm on Tuesday 10th September.

You can find out more about what’s going on in Wigan for The Tour of Britain here.


Last updated: 09 September 2019