New art and signage installations to bring vibrancy to Stairfoot for residents and visitors

Barnsley Council is looking for innovative artists as part of Principal Town's creative commissioning programme to bring vibrancy to Stairfoot for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Principal Towns is a £5 million investment project, which helps local high streets to remain vibrant and thriving so that the Barnsley borough is a better place to live, work, invest and visit.

The commissioning programme sees £52,150 of funds available for artists or groups to create two permanent artworks and permanent wayfinding signage. Arts organisation, Beam, has been appointed to develop a creative commissioning programme which will enhance the identity of the Stairfoot Basin area. The first commission will be located next to the public play area on Doncaster Road, which will be playful and engage with people visually, as well as through touch and movement. 

The second installation will be located on the green space in front of Frankie and Benny's on Stairfoot Roundabout and will give a warm welcome to the area to people and vehicles passing by.  

The third commission will celebrate the area's connections to the Trans Pennine Trail through creative signage that signposts residents and visitors to walking and cycling connections and nearby places they can visit. 

Councillor Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture), said: "This Principal Towns funding presents a fantastic opportunity to engage local people, especially young residents and families to showcase pride in the area. It will be brilliant to see everyone in the local community enjoying the installations as well as showcasing what we have to offer to wider audiences."

"It will be wonderful to see representatives from the Principal Towns team, Central Council Area Team, Stairfoot Ward Alliance, Stairfoot Station Heritage Park Group, young people from the Youth Association and Beam working together to share Stairfoot's voice and display our pride in the area."

Kate Watson, Beam, said: "As part of the programme, engaging with key community and educational partners will be a great way to integrate skills development, engagement and participation for schools, young people and families." 

"The artists will play a vital role in contributing to a positive identity for the area, that acknowledges the past but is very much contemporary and celebrates the area's excellent connections to nature, with the Trans Pennine Trail and nearby places of interest."

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures that are in place, the commissioning schedule has been designed to allow for digital interviews and meetings with opportunities for community engagement in Autumn 2020.

Find out more at Beam UK.

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