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Call for artists to brighten up Portishead High Street

News - 19 March 2021

Artists from Portishead are being asked to submit designs for a new piece of art for Portishead’s High Street which adorn a safety precaution around uneven ground.

Portishead Town Council is working with members of the local art world to run a competition aimed at improving the appearance of railings installed on the north end of the High Street to stop pedestrians stepping on uneven tarmac caused by tree roots.

Cllr Janet Davey said: “After much thought and discussion, we have decided to ask our artist community for their ideas to improve the look of this structure and hope that they will come up with some interesting and innovative ideas to make our High Street more attractive.”

Jeff Lucas, a local artist and one of the founder-organisers of the first Portishead-Around-the-Houses Art Trail, is assisting with the project. He said: “Portishead is fortunate to have an active and growing artistic community who make an invaluable contribution to its cultural life. This competition gives them the opportunity to create something which will be both a permanent enhancement of the town centre and a demonstration of our local artistic talent.”

The competition will be judged by ceramic artist and trustee of North Somerset Arts Tean Kirby, Cllr Davey and Amanda Johnston, whose shop, Muse, sits adjacent to the railings. The winning artist will receive an artist’s fee of £300 upon completion and installation.

Artists wishing to enter the competition can request the full brief, as well as questions or queries, by emailing [email protected]. The closing date for entries is 31st May 2021.

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