ARTISTS are competing to design a public art showpiece at the heart of Northwich’s regeneration scheme.

Three artists have been shortlisted in the Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) contest to create a giant installation on a 219m wall as part of the Barons Quay development.

The work will be displayed alongside the travelator in the Asda store and visible from the public square through a large glass wall.

Following a competition launch earlier this year, three artists have been shortlisted and asked to develop their ideas, mentored by Katayoun Dowlatshahi, the lead artist for Northwich’s regeneration.

They have been asked to develop a piece that relates to the former rock salt mines beneath the town, but the materials used and form of artwork is for them to determine.

Clr Stuart Parker, CWAC’s executive member for culture and economy, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for an up-and coming artist to have their work displayed on, quite literally, a grand scale.

“The quality of the work submitted to the competition has been incredibly impressive and shortlisting was not an easy task.

“I look forward to seeing the final designs.”

Local Councillor Sam Naylor said: “High quality public art will form a major part of Barons Quay and this particular installation will sit at a key gateway for people coming into the shopping area.

“Not only will the successful artist have their work showcased in this way, but they will also benefit from mentoring support from Katayoun, which is sure to be a valuable experience for their future career.”

The winner of the competition will be announced in September.