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County council secures European funding for international visual art project

  • Date: 17 April 2014
  • Area: Midlands

Northamptonshire County Council has secured the country’s first major European public arts grant to lead on a landmark contemporary arts project in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Northamptonshire County Council’s CHANGING TRACKS project has won funding from the European Union Culture Programme. It will see three European artists create public art installations that will be displayed in Nene Valley, Catalonia and County Mayo from July to September 2014.

Three artists, one from each country, will create three separate artworks which will be situated on or adjacent to disused railway lines that are now used as walking or cycle paths.

These unique artworks will be ambitious and bold in their design with the artists taking inspiration from the existing landscape to capture the attention of the walkers, cyclists, families, fishers, and local community groups, including heritage, schools, colleges and local tourism businesses.

The three artists are Aideen Barry from Ireland, Noah Rose from the UK and Xevi Bayona from Catalonia. Work will begin to install the artwork in Catalonia in June, followed by County Mayo in July and finally Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley in August. The installations will remain on display until September.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “Securing funding support from the European Union’s Culture Programme is fantastic news for Northamptonshire County Council. Changing Tracks is an ambitious project which will develop the region’s cultural offer as well as give the three artists involved the opportunity to have their work displayed on an international stage.”