Artist John Byford in Bad Gandersheim, Germany

Artist John Byford in Bad Gandersheim, Germany

John Byford answered a long-distance ‘call’ to use his artistic talents to reconnect Skegness with its twin town of Bad Gandersheim.

An art exhibition celebrating the humble seaside postcard is taking place inside a yellow phone box.
Two Voices - which is the work of Skegness artist John Byford - is being held in the resort's twin town of Bad Gandersheim in Germany.
It features postcards of the resort, displayed in a phone box salvaged from a local hotel.
Byford said he wanted to make people smile and do his best to keep the seaside postcard alive.
He said he hoped it would also help to promote links between the two places and encourage more people from Germany to visit Skegness, and vice-versa.
Byford said about the exhibition: "We live in an age of digital technology and social media - which I love - but I also think what went before shouldn't just die.
"When people receive a hand-written post card it is special - people tend to put them on their fridges, read them over and over - but with text messages they just get deleted.
"It's all about communication at the end of the day," he added.
The artist's post cards are a departure from the traditional seaside image, and feature things like workmen taking a break and dancers on the beach.
Two Voices will run for one year, after which time other artists from both Britain and Germany can apply to have their work considered to be put on display in the phone box.
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