Wayne’s work on new memorial to Edith Cavell

Wayne Hart the new artist in residence at Lynn Arts Centre

Wayne Hart the new artist in residence at Lynn Arts Centre

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The new artist in residence at Lynn Arts Centre is Wayne Hart, who grew up in the town and studied graphic design at the College of West Anglia.

He is based at the White Barn and is carving the headstone and ledger stone for a new memorial to Edith Cavell, the famous First World War British nurse.

The memorial has been commissioned by Norwich Cathedral as part of plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her death and it will be unveiled in the autumn.

Edith, who was born in Swardestone, cared for hundreds of soldiers during the conflict, regardless of nationality, and also helped smuggle Allied soldiers she was caring for, out of the hospital and into neutral Holland.

But she was arrested by the German authorities and, on October 12, 1915, was shot by a firing squad.

Wayne is now at work creating the beautiful inscription on the memorial. He specialises in lettering and carving in stone and his media are stone, wood, metal and in the future he hopes to use glass.

Following his studies at Lynn and also Reading University he was apprenticed to Pip Hall, a letter carver working in Cumbria. When sponsorship from the Memorial Arts Charity ran out, Wayne raised over £25,000 to complete his training.

Among the charitable trusts that sponsored him was NADFAS, the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts – and the King’s Lynn branch of this organisation recommends that local folk visit the White Barn and see Wayne at work.

Wayne is at the White Barn, Tuesdays to Fridays, from 10am to 2pm, or Saturdays 10am to 4pm.

For more details on the project visit www.kingslynnarts.co.uk