Council seeks ideas for town artwork

South Way/Abbey Road roundabout
South Way/Abbey Road roundabout

Artists are being sought to create a new piece of public artwork worth £15,000 on a roundabout near to the Abbey Retail Park.

The retail park was built in 2009 and under the planning obligations, developers Ashford Developments are to provide £10,000 of funding to Daventry District Council (DDC).

This will help to pay for the art to be installed on the A425 South Way/Abbey Street roundabout.

The roundabout is a gateway to the town centre and also leads to the retail park and the council is currently asking artists to submit their ideas for the work, which will ideally be inspired by something of historical relevance to the town.

An additional grant of up to £5,000 is also being sought from the Arts Council to top up the available funds for the project.

Artists have until tomorrow (Friday) to put forward their ideas.

DDC’s community, culture and leisure portfolio holder Cllr Alan Hills said: “This funding has been given to us by the developers of the Abbey Retail Park as one of the original planning obligations to create a piece of artwork on the South Way roundabout near to McDonalds.

“The money is ringfenced to be used for that purpose and we are also applying to the Arts Council for a £5,000 grant towards the total cost.

“We are now asking artists to submit their exciting ideas to create a unique piece of art in the town.”

Once the ideas have been submitted a public consultation will then be held for people to choose which artwork they would like to see the most on the roundabout.

Any artists looking for more information can initally contact Katie Arnold at DDC by calling 01327 871100, by emailing karnold@daventrydc.gov.uk or by visiting www.sourcenorthamptonshire.co.uk.