Artists fight to decorate Barons Quay

The winning work will be displayed next to the travelator.

The winning work will be displayed next to the travelator.

First published in News

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.

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12:48pm Mon 4 Aug 14

WHS says...

And they can decorate the underpass too instead of it being filled in as suggested by that idiot council of ours!!!
Alan Lowe.
And they can decorate the underpass too instead of it being filled in as suggested by that idiot council of ours!!! Alan Lowe. WHS
  • Score: -5

7:39pm Mon 4 Aug 14

L Byrne says...

How about a high solid wall totally surrounding what will surely be the ugliest new building in the country and save us from having to look at it? Then all three shortlisted artists and many more could have their work displayed on it. That would surely put Northwich on the map in a positive way.

It would also save any embarrassment of shoppers who may not particularly want the world to know that they shop at ASDA as they move up and down the conveyor in public view.
How about a high solid wall totally surrounding what will surely be the ugliest new building in the country and save us from having to look at it? Then all three shortlisted artists and many more could have their work displayed on it. That would surely put Northwich on the map in a positive way. It would also save any embarrassment of shoppers who may not particularly want the world to know that they shop at ASDA as they move up and down the conveyor in public view. L Byrne
  • Score: -13

6:33pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Daniel18 says...

L Byrne wrote:
How about a high solid wall totally surrounding what will surely be the ugliest new building in the country and save us from having to look at it? Then all three shortlisted artists and many more could have their work displayed on it. That would surely put Northwich on the map in a positive way.

It would also save any embarrassment of shoppers who may not particularly want the world to know that they shop at ASDA as they move up and down the conveyor in public view.
Mr Bryne,

Northwich's resident town planner and architectural expert sharing his one sided views of Barons Quay again - what a surprise.

Although, I have to say you have stooped really low this time claiming that people are 'embarrassed' to shop at ASDA, a personal insult to 20% of the UK's population.
[quote][p][bold]L Byrne[/bold] wrote: How about a high solid wall totally surrounding what will surely be the ugliest new building in the country and save us from having to look at it? Then all three shortlisted artists and many more could have their work displayed on it. That would surely put Northwich on the map in a positive way. It would also save any embarrassment of shoppers who may not particularly want the world to know that they shop at ASDA as they move up and down the conveyor in public view.[/p][/quote]Mr Bryne, Northwich's resident town planner and architectural expert sharing his one sided views of Barons Quay again - what a surprise. Although, I have to say you have stooped really low this time claiming that people are 'embarrassed' to shop at ASDA, a personal insult to 20% of the UK's population. Daniel18
  • Score: 9

9:26pm Tue 5 Aug 14

todayisagreatday says...

Dare I say it but it's sounding and looking more like Halton Lea at Runcorn, I actually thought it was Halton Lea Shopping Centre in the picture. I truly hope for Northwich it doesn't turn into Halton Lea. It has a Cine world, Pizza Hut and an Asda and it is the most sorry site I have ever see. I hope this doesn't happen to Northwich.
Dare I say it but it's sounding and looking more like Halton Lea at Runcorn, I actually thought it was Halton Lea Shopping Centre in the picture. I truly hope for Northwich it doesn't turn into Halton Lea. It has a Cine world, Pizza Hut and an Asda and it is the most sorry site I have ever see. I hope this doesn't happen to Northwich. todayisagreatday
  • Score: -1

1:24pm Wed 6 Aug 14

L Byrne says...

todayisagreatday wrote:
Dare I say it but it's sounding and looking more like Halton Lea at Runcorn, I actually thought it was Halton Lea Shopping Centre in the picture. I truly hope for Northwich it doesn't turn into Halton Lea. It has a Cine world, Pizza Hut and an Asda and it is the most sorry site I have ever see. I hope this doesn't happen to Northwich.
You are absolutely right about Halton Lea Shopping Centre (now renamed Runcorn Shopping Centre). I pointed this out several months ago but the fanatics who live to shop and who are going for 10 supermarkets in a square mile, responded with personal abuse.

Those of us who have some affection and respect for Northwich believe that the town deserves better. However, the big chiefs who make the decisions in CWAC Council do not live in the town and would not have anything like it on their doorstep. So we get lumbered with a grotty scheme that has all the makings of another Halton Lea type monstrosity.
[quote][p][bold]todayisagreatday[/bold] wrote: Dare I say it but it's sounding and looking more like Halton Lea at Runcorn, I actually thought it was Halton Lea Shopping Centre in the picture. I truly hope for Northwich it doesn't turn into Halton Lea. It has a Cine world, Pizza Hut and an Asda and it is the most sorry site I have ever see. I hope this doesn't happen to Northwich.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right about Halton Lea Shopping Centre (now renamed Runcorn Shopping Centre). I pointed this out several months ago but the fanatics who live to shop and who are going for 10 supermarkets in a square mile, responded with personal abuse. Those of us who have some affection and respect for Northwich believe that the town deserves better. However, the big chiefs who make the decisions in CWAC Council do not live in the town and would not have anything like it on their doorstep. So we get lumbered with a grotty scheme that has all the makings of another Halton Lea type monstrosity. L Byrne
  • Score: -3

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