Peep Box

2010
Award-winning local Skegness artist is announced for SO Festival 2010
Award winning photographer John Byford brought some artistic sparkle to the SO Festival 2010 line up, with a glittering, photographic portrayal of Skegness’ unique and lively character.
John delighted SO Festival 2010 visitors with his latest photography project- a six-sided, hexagon, ‘Peep Box’. Designed to replicate the shape and look of the Skegness bandstand, the exhibit was suitable for all ages and displayed inside the bandstand itself. 
All 42 vibrant images, captured from around the district within were illuminated at night, to entice people to take a peek at what’s inside, explore John’s vision of Skegness and share in his passion for photography. 
John has worked in professional photography since leaving school and has recently received a visual arts award in recognition of his continued arts service to the community. John however still feels his greatest award to date is the satisfaction he receives from showcasing his work and having the opportunity to share his talent and passion for photography. 
‘Peep Box’ added to the diverse line-up of SO Festival 2010, which promised to offer something for everyone! Music from Jools Holland, Lee Mead and BBC Lincolnshire Introducing was complemented by a programme of dance and street theatre, alongside a wide variety of art installations from a selection of award winning international and local artists.
Organised by East Lindsey District Council, with £250,000 support from Arts Council England, SO Festival 2010 built on the successes of the 2009 event by delivering four days of exhilarating events.
Magnetic Events was appointed by East Lindsey District Council to deliver SO Festival 2010. Festival Director, Robin Morley, said: “We are delighted that John and so many other well-known artists and performers are coming to Skegness later this month. John’s installation is lively, vibrant and offers an exciting insight into Skegness.”
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Byford's Peep Box went on tour in 2011 to the Dunker Culture House in Helsingborg - Sweden, followed by the prestigious Culture Yard in Helsingør, Denmark.
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