Weymouth Gateway public art scheme announced

A series of artworks are set to be created at a Dorset development site as part of a £60,000 public art scheme.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has advertised for an artist, or a collaboration of artists, to undertake the work at the Weymouth Gateway site.

The development, on Mercery Road, includes a new supermarket and hotel.

New Look, which has a support centre at the site, will fund the project which will incorporate ideas and themes from members of the public.

'Civic pride'

The chosen artist, who will be appointed on 12 December, will work with community groups, businesses, and schools during the design stage, through a series of workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations and talks.

The work could include sculptures or "street furniture", and must be relevant to the site and the borough's "historical, cultural and environmental characteristics", the authority said.

"This public art scheme is aimed at enhancing the sense of identity and civic pride in the borough," said Hilary Jordan, from Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.

The artwork will run north to south of the Weymouth Gateway site and will include two "threshold" pieces - one at either end of Mercery Road.

It is hoped the work, which is set to be completed by the beginning of 2014, will be sustainably produced.

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