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Sea Music - Heritage Lottery Fund

In 2015 Poole Museum and partners were successful in gaining a Stage 1 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to refurbish and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the sculpture.

The sculpture has been an iconic viewing and meeting place on Poole Quay for nearly 25 years but it now requires refurbishment and conservation. Before his death in 2013, Caro (below right) was in discussions with the Borough of Poole about how this may be managed.

At this stage of the project we are planning and fundraising to successfully gain our Stage 2 HLF status. This will allow us to refurbish Sea Music, commemorate the 25th anniversary in November 2016 and celebrate the completed refurbishment in May 2017.



We are pleased to announce that we were successful in our application to HLF for Stage 2 funds for The Sea Music Project

In 2017 we will:

  • conserve and repaint Sea Music to restore it to its original condition

  • install new lighting so Sea Music can be seen and enjoyed during the evenings

  • provide new interpretation information for visitors 

  • publish a book about the Sea Music sculpture 

  • create an interactive website 

  • invite the public to take part in understanding the sculpture through creative workshops, talks and events

  • install a complementary exhibition of Caro’s ‘Concerto Series’ of sculptures 

  • exhibit photographs of ‘Sea Music’ by David Ward at the Museum from May – Oct 2017
    create a musical celebration of this work in May 2017.

Arts Council England

We are pleased that Arts Council England have also awarded us a grant to support the creative workshops and events so that our audience can learn about the heritage of Sea Music through creative activity. We will be providing workshops for targeted community groups in the Poole area, holding drop in art activities on the sculpture and at the museum and providing short talks about modern art, sculpture, Sir Anthony Caro and Sea Music. There will be a series of 5 longer, more in depth lectures open to all. The detailed schedule of events will be published in Spring 2017.

Sponsorship and Donations

Poole Museum has agreed to raise funds from sponsorship and via donations to support our Heritage Lottery Fund award and Arts Council England awards. If you would be interested in supporting this project financially, or with ‘in kind support’ through volunteering or materials please see our information page here: http://poolemuseum.co.uk/support-us/projects-to-support/sea-music-project/

For more information please contact Melinda McCheyne, Project Manager 

  • Phone: 01202 262605

  • Email: M.McCheyne@poole.gov.uk 

  • Address: Sea Music, Poole Museum,
    4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW

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