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Art Coming To Weymouth

Weymouth Town Centre

9:35am 11th May 2013

The final designs for a new art scheme for a prime site in Weymouth have been approved.

A panel made up of representatives from New Look, Sainsbury's and the Borough Council have agreed three designs for the Gateway Site.

They've been inspired by stories from the local community.

Dorset Artist Andy Kirkby has been commissioned to create the artwork.

Andy Kirkby said: "I would like to thank everyone for getting involved and having an input into these designs.

"'Some of the work makes reference to broader Weymouth history - The Jurassic coast, George III and the old Whitehead torpedo factory.

"Other designs draw their inspiration from various 'hidden histories', which do not appear in any guide books. These stories emerged during the initial public engagement period, kindly donated by local residents."

Andy is also being helped by Radipole illustrator Katie Rewse and local manufacturing company ATL, who are based on the Granby Industrial Estate.

Details regarding the siting of the artworks at the Weymouth Gateway site are currently being finalised.

The art scheme is due to be installed by early 2014.

In his original design development, Andy also held creative workshops with pupils at Radipole School and Wey Valley School, who made clay models and told him of their favourite local stories to inform his ideas.

A selection of pupils' work was exhibited in Weymouth's Central Library during the beginning of March 2013, alongside some of Andy's concept design drawings.

An online blog has been set up at www.andykirkby.com where people can keep up to date with the project developments.

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