Three Artists Shortlisted in Barons Quay Competition

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A competition to develop an eye-catching public artwork to sit at the heart of Northwich’s £80m Barons Quay development is reaching its final stages.

Cheshire West and Chester Council plans to display the giant installation on the 219m2wall alongside the travelator in the Asda store.

A large glass wall next to the travelator means it will be visible from the public square.

Following the competition launch earlier this year, three artists have now been shortlisted and asked to develop their ideas.

They will be mentored by the lead artist for Northwich’s regeneration, Katayoun Dowlatshahi.

The three artists 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.

Councillor Stuart Parker, 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.