Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Come and see the largest display of outdoor artwork in Herefordshire

Artwork by students from the Robert Owen Academy

A large display of unique and impressive artwork from Herefordshire students will be officially launched in the city of Hereford on Monday 21 March at 4pm.
The artwork, which has been developed using the theme Hereford 2020, depicts the student’s own interpretation of how the city will look in four years’ time. The artwork will be displayed on the hoardings in Widemarsh Street and Merton Meadow Car Park. The hoardings are in situ to enable demolition of buildings on the footprint of the City Link Road.
The project has seen Herefordshire Council working in partnership with Hereford College of Arts and twelve county secondary schools. Balfour Beatty Living Places has sponsored the materials and installation of the artwork. The project has given an opportunity to engage with young people and develop their understating of the development of the site and the changes planned to its landscape by the year 2020. We will continue to involve local schools through the life of the project.
The City Link Road is being jointly funded through the Local Enterprise Partnerships’ Growth Fund and from the council’s capital programme. Demolition works and site clearance along the line of the road are nearing completion and the main road works contract is due to commence in June.  This scheme follows on from the retail quarter which was the first phase of the regeneration of the old Edgar Street Grid site and will enable the development of 800 new homes in the heart of the city.
The artwork will be officially opened by Maxine Williams, schools activities coordinator, HCA and Councillor Graham Powell, cabinet member economy and corporate services.

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