Published on 2nd February 2024

Cheltenham art trail sculpture

Cheltenham residents are being asked for their stories and local legends to contribute to a new public art trail for the town.

The new £10,000 scheme is being funded by developers and will help unearth points of interest for visitors and local people. Public art is any art in the public realm in locations including parks, streets, shopping centres or on the outside of buildings.

The Public Art Panel (PAP) has supported the delivery of many public art installations in the town over a number of years. Using £10,000 of funding contributed by development, PAP wants to gather as many historical facts, tales and images to accompany over 50 town-wide public art installations.

Councillor Max Wilkinson member for economic development, culture, tourism and wellbeing said: ''This work will create an important record of Cheltenham's public art works to enable locals and visitors to easily explore the town's culture. It will help us all broaden our perspective on our town and its heritage, while perhaps unearthing some hidden gems too.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the results.''

The PAP content creation commission for the public art trail has been awarded to Cheltenham-based Tess Beck (researcher), Suzanne Barrett (illustrator) and University of Gloucestershire graduate, Jess Williams (photographer & graphic designer).

Tess Beck, public art trail researcher said: “Most of us are familiar with Neptune’s Fountain and the Minotaur and Hare in the Promenade, but there are dozens more pieces of public art across the town, including statues, fountains, monuments, and mosaics. We want to make sure these are all included to make this a comprehensive record. Please get in touch with information about public artwork in your area of Cheltenham. 

“I would especially love to hear from people who have been involved in any way, for example if they or a family member were involved in the creation or commissioning of the artwork.

“The information will contribute to a beautifully illustrated public art trail map, as well as being made available online."

Visit Cheltenham will host the digital format of the public art trail.

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