Residents to help design roundabout art piece

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Residents have the chance to influence the design of a piece of art to be installed on a roundabout in Daventry.

In June Daventry District Council asked artists to submit their ideas for the artwork, which will go on the A425 South Way/Abbey Street roundabout.

Artist Tim Ward, from Essex, was chosen to lead on the project and will now meet with members of the public at a series of workshops over the next few weeks to get their views and ideas to create a spectacular piece.

Mr Ward will be at the following events and the council is encouraging people to go along and give their views:

- Friday, July 19, at Daventry Town Council’s offices in New Street for the Daventry Arts Festival’s Embroiderers Guild event from 10am to 3pm.

- Saturday, July 27, at the Family Cinema Day event at Daventry Country Park from 12pm to 4pm.

- Wednesday, July 31, at Daventry Leisure Centre at the Arts and Crafts ‘Wicked Wednesday’ event from 12pm to 3pm.

Community, culture and leisure portfolio holder at DDC cll Alan Hills said: “Mr Ward has worked on many public art projects in the past and now wants to meet as many people as possible to hear their views on what the artwork should be and help him create a fantastic piece.

“We would ideally like the art to be inspired by something of historical relevance to the town but it may well be that people have other ideas that are worth looking at.”

The roundabout, near McDonalds, is a gateway to the town centre and also leads to the Abbey Retail Park.

When the park was built in 2009 one of the planning obligations required the developers Ashford Developments to provide £10,000 of funding to DDC for an original piece of artwork to be put on the roundabout.

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.