Ashby de la Zouch will celebrate its culture and leisure quarter with a new piece of public art funded by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), and local people are being asked their opinion on the artwork.
Artist Adrian Moakes has been commissioned to create a bespoke piece of public art which will stand proudly in the town for shoppers, visitors and residents alike to enjoy.
Residents and businesses are now invited to meet Adrian and speak to him about his ideas for the artwork at several upcoming events:
- REALFest, Bath Grounds, Ashby on Saturday 21 July from midday
- Hood Park Leisure Centre, Ashby, Sunday 22 July, 11am to 5pm
- Market Street (outside Boots and WHSmith), Saturday 18 August, 10am to 4pm
- Ashby Farmers’ Market, North Street car park, Sunday 19 August, 9am to 2pm.
The artwork forms part of NWLDC’s commitment to support Ashby Town Council in their development of the culture and leisure quarter. The £50,000 commission is an addition to the £1.1 million already invested to extend North Street car park by 52 spaces, making the town more accessible.
Mr Moakes’ proposal was chosen after artists from across the country put forward designs for considerations. NWLDC is currently in discussions with the artist working to establish when the structure can be installed.
Further community engagement will also see Adrian visiting schools in the area to talk about the design and share tips on what it takes to become an artist.
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Lots of work is currently being done by both NWLDC and Ashby Town Council to make Ashby more attractive to shoppers, tourists and of course the people that live here.
“I think this new artwork will complement the new culture and leisure quarter and should really sum up what Ashby is all about and its proud links to the National Forest.
“I can’t wait to see the final designs and to see the artwork in place for everyone to enjoy.”
Artist Adrian Moakes said: “I feel very privileged to be chosen to create this new landmark for Ashby and if everyone continues to be so friendly I’ll have to move here! The town and district councils have been incredibly supportive and well organised, and I’m doing my best to ensure the work goes as smoothly as possible.
“The artwork will actually be several sculptures in one and will signify Ashby’s location and importance in the National Forest. I won’t give too much away at this stage as I want the Ashby community to see the designs and scale models first. I’ve worked all over the country developing artworks with local people and I want to make sure they are confident that the work will express a welcoming, all embracing, uplifting and positive image of the town.”
Councillor John Coxon, Leader of Ashby de la Zouch Town Council, said: “The town council is really excited about a significant piece of artwork to mark the Cultural & Leisure Quarter.
“The artist has previously worked on some interesting projects and we can’t wait to see his ideas for Ashby. Our partnership with the district council is really improving this part of the town.”
Published: Fri 20 July, 2018