A LEADING public artist looks likely to bring his creative touch to a new housing development being built in Frosdham.
Andy Hazell has been commissioned by Weaver Vale Housing Trust and building contractor Seddon, to produce a piece of artwork for a public area at the heart of the St Luke’s development, on Ashton Drive.
“When I heard that Weaver Vale Housing Trust and Seddon were looking for a public artist for St Luke’s I was keen to offer my services,” said Andy.
“I work on projects all over Britain but I was born in the North West so I know the area well.”
Public artwork is required for St Luke’s as part of the planning conditions for the development.
Chosen from a short-list of three artists following a consultation in October – Andy will provide the finishing touches to the £4.3m project – which is one of the biggest in the North West.
A key reason for Andy’s winning bid was his plan to involve ideas from local people in his final designs.
“I haven’t decided what I will make for St Luke’s yet but I will be going into local schools with Seddon to work with children on themes.
“It is important that the whole community feels involved and has a connection to the project,” he added.
Andy, 51, who was born in Altrincham and now lives and works in a former 88-bed youth hostel in Knighton, South Wales, has been producing public art, sculptures and film for 20 years.
“We’re delighted to have Andy working on artwork for St Luke’s,” said Kenton Barker, senior surveyor for Weaver Vale Housing Trust.
“I’m sure Andy will really help to bring the development to life and produce something that everyone living there will be able to enjoy.”
“Seddon is always keen to support local communities and engaging with them as much as possible enables us to provide effective support where it is needed,” said Maggie Heap, Seddons Community Project Manager.
The public artwork is due to be completed shortly before the development is finish next August.