£10,000 piece of public art on the way to Oakley Vale

There is �10,000 of Arts Council money available for the artist providing the winning design that will be placed at the main lake in Lyveden Way

There is �10,000 of Arts Council money available for the artist providing the winning design that will be placed at the main lake in Lyveden Way

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A piece of public art for Oakley Vale will be chosen by people living on the estate.

There is £10,000 of Arts Council money available for the artist providing the winning design that will be placed at the main lake in Lyveden Way.

A panel of local people has been chosen and submissions are now being sought from ‘ambitious, world-class’ artists.

It is hoped there will be one main piece of art with another one or two pieces placed nearby to encourage walking between the sites.

The scheme is being managed by Made in Corby - a three-year programme of new arts activities funded by Arts Council England as part of its ‘Creative People and Places’ programme.

Organiser Helen Willmott said: “A big part of Made in Corby’s ethos is facilitating local people to make their own decisions about what happens in their communities.

“We have a strong panel of eight Oakley Vale residents or various ages and we basically gave them a blank sheet of paper.

“I said that I would only stop them if it was dangerous, illegal or not art.”

Members of the panel have already been on a trip to London to look at various pieces of public art in places like Trafalgar Square and Chinatown. There is also a free public event from 12noon to 4pm on Saturday (July 16) at Oakley Vale Community Centre where local people can take part in three workshops by sculptors.

Helen added: “The panel will be responsible for shortlisting the applications down to three and those three will receive a fee to develop sketch proposals from which the final selection will be made and lead artist commissioned.”

Oakley Vale has been built-up on former quarry and grassland during the past 15 years. It now has 3,000 homes and 16 languages are spoken.

As a town, Corby has a lack of public art due to its relatively young age but a new piece has recently been commissioned for the train station.

The detailed brief for the piece of art at Oakley Vale is available here