How would you convince aliens to save Warwickshire's art scene? - The Leamington Observer

How would you convince aliens to save Warwickshire's art scene?

IMAGINATIVE residents are being asked how they would convince alien vistors to use their powers to save Warwickshire’s creative scene.

In a survey to help curate a street art project, art production agency Creative Giants has posed the following scenario: ‘Aliens have landed locally and you only have one chance to say something about your town to convince them to save it’.

To reinvigorate the use of public spaces such as town centres and parks in the wake of Covid-19, Creative Giants has been invited by Warwickshire County Council (WCC), to boost the work of local artists through a series of dynamic street art schemes installed in eight potential locations including Rugby, Leamington, Stratford, Polesworth, Atherstone, Coleshill, Nuneaton, Bedworth.

Artists and designers will be invited to reimagine public spaces across the county but, before this happens, Creative Giants want to find out from residents, businesses and local stakeholders what their thoughts and feelings are about their towns.

Managing director Simon Vaughan: “It may be that you’ve always admired the way the local community rallies around particular events in the town or you may think there are things that we shout more (or less) about? We want to hear it all, your uplifting stories, bug bears and shout-outs for everything that is good, bad or in-between for all these places. This will really help us build a narrative or common thread that is unique to each town and which can be taken through to the design process with the winning artist.”

W’CCs economy spokesperson Kam Kaur said: “This is a really fun and lighthearted survey which is accessible to everyone which will help support the work of the up-and-coming artists as they design installations for our towns.

“But there is a more serious point around this. How we reshape the places that make up our town centres are critical to our economic recovery. We need to make them the kind of places that people want to visit. Creating an attractive town centre is not just about creating something visually attractive; it’s about creating a positive energy that will improve residents’ quality of life and stimulate the local economy.”

The survey is being part-funded by £194,000 from the Government’s Getting Building Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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