Street art set to brighten areas across Warwickshire - The Leamington Observer

Street art set to brighten areas across Warwickshire

Leamington Editorial 21st May, 2021   0

STREET art scenes are set to be installed across Warwickshire.

Art-led production agency Creative Giants is collaborating with Warwickshire County Council (WCC) for a project which aims to reimagine public spaces across the county.

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 the council, to amplify the work of local artists through a series of dynamic street art schemes installed in eight locations including Rugby, Leamington, Stratford, Polesworth, Atherstone, Coleshill, Nuneaton, Bedworth.

Creative Giants managing director Simon Vaughan said: “This project is an incredible opportunity for Warwickshire artists to take a central role in re-envisioning how we use our public spaces now that we are on the journey of recovery after the last 12 months. It has never been more important for individuals, communities and local authorities to really consider how our shared environments are used and how they could be used in the future. Now is the time to build ambitious, bold and radical visions of our public spaces that reflect the aspirations of the communities that exist within them.”

The company will be inviting artists and designers from across Warwickshire to respond to an open call brief. They are interested in people working in any art form or creative medium, at any stage in their career, and who do not necessarily have experience of working in public spaces.

The eight successful artists will be mentored by the agency to work with a specialist delivery contractor who will design, build and install the installations in each of the towns.

The move is part of the wider ‘Warwickshire Our Spaces’ project which aims to commission more public art and public realm interventions in the coming years.

Residents’ opinions and stories about their towns will help shape artists’ briefs through a ‘light-hearted’ survey which will be available shortly.

WCC spokesman Mark Ryder said: “We know how hard the creative industry has been hit by the pandemic. It’s great to be able to offer these kinds of opportunities to artists which will not only help this sector start to recover but also contribute to the re-shaping of our towns creating attractive and vibrant places for people to visit.”

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