Why Strange-Looking Art Has Appeared in Nuneaton and Bedworth Town Centers

New eye-catching works of art have been placed in the city centers of Nuneaton and Bedworth. In Church Street, near Wilkos, there is a new colorful sitting artwork, while there is an installation above one of the planters in All Saints Square in Bedworth town centre.

They have been described as ‘street interventions’ by Warwickshire County Council, which has championed the nearly £350,000 project involving artists. In seven parts of the province, artworks have been created with specific themes.

And in Nuneaton’s case, the artwork is named ‘Weave’ as a nod to the city’s ribbon weaving history. It was created by Grant Radford of Accent London.

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The artwork is sometimes called a piece of street architecture. It has a seating area with a cyclic wavy shape that reflects Nuneaton’s rich tradition of weaving silk ribbons.

The ribbon-weaving theme continues in Bedworth and the installation is called ‘Ribbon for Bedworth’. Created by Nuneaton-born artist Paul Channing, it is a sculptural steel ‘ribbon’.

The New ‘Weave’ Art in Nuneaton City Center

Warwickshire County Council called the program a “radical move” to revive the use of public spaces such as city centers and parks in the wake of the pandemic. It was paid for with £194,000 from the government’s Getting Building Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and £150,000 from the County Council’s own Place Shaping Fund.

The installations are expected to remain in place for a maximum of four years. Still, Shire Hall has said that if hired, they may be able to stay in place for longer.

Why Strange-Looking Art Has Appeared in Nuneaton and Bedworth Town Centers
‘Ribbon for Bedworth’ – the new artwork in Bedworth town centre.

The project gave lesser-known artists the opportunity to put forward their ideas. Councilor Martin Watson, the County Council’s portfolio manager for economics and place and CWLEP executive director, said: “Art and culture are playing an increasing role in the vitality and vibrancy of our places, influencing how that place defines itself and is perceived by others. The aim of this exciting initiative is to help create that sense of place and ultimately encourage greater use of these places, which is an important part of the County Council’s multi-pronged strategy to support economic recovery.

“The project was also an opportunity for seven artists, designers and creatives to gain invaluable experience working on a collaborative project, from the initial idea to functional street intervention for a public space. Each artist/designer has responded to a site-specific assignment, as well as to the overarching project themes of connecting green and urban space, the voice of the community and identity.

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