Prescot ‘Arts in Public Spaces’

Published on: Wednesday, 27-January-2016

Knowsley Council is developing exciting plans for public art in Prescot Town Centre as part of its regeneration plans for the town.

Cathy Newbery, Public Art Curator, has been commissioned to create a high quality and stimulating ‘Arts in Public Spaces’ Strategy that will help to creatively animate the town centre through the use of public art, over the next 5 years.

The strategy will be developed in collaboration with local communities and artists, and will complement other ongoing town centre regeneration projects.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Along with other exciting developments planned for Prescot, public art can play a valuable role in highlighting the unique heritage, history and distinctiveness of this fascinating town.

“This work will ensure we have a clear Arts in Public Spaces Strategy so we are ‘ready to go’ and work with partners and funders to commission the type of art that local people want to see, in the locations they would like to see and enjoy it. Ultimately we aim to create great art and culture for everyone in Prescot Town Centre.”

Events are being held to capture the views, ideas and aspirations of local people about spaces in the town centre and how they could be used, different types of and themes for art. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a creative activity.

People are invited to drop in or book a time to talk to Cathy Newbery or local artist Sue McHugh on the following days:

  • Saturday 6 February 9am-4pm at the Work in Progress Shop (upstairs in Prescot Shopping Centre)
  • Wednesday 17 February 2pm-4pm and 5-7pm at Prescot Town Hall

In March 2016, there will be an exhibition in Prescot Shopping Centre that will bring together all of the ideas and views that people have contributed and people will have an opportunity to comment on the draft Public Art Strategy.

The strategy will:

  • Develop a clear vision and concept for public art in Prescot, with contributions from local people,
  • Create a clear plan of the opportunities, locations and scale of possible pieces of art,
  • Give realistic examples of the types of public art possible,
  • Scope the cost parameters of public art,
  • Develop a clear plan for identifying funding opportunities over a 5 year period.

More details

For further information about the project you can call Cathy Newbery on 07770 714103 or email cathy@cathynewbery.co.uk or Jo Dry, at Knowsley Council on 0151 443 5349 or email jo.dry@knowsley.gov.uk