Two pieces of public art have been commissioned as part of a £200,000 sprucing up of Dewsbury Road in Beeston.
Sites have been identified outside the One Stop Centre and at the bottom of Trentham Street and a budget of £10,000 per artwork allocated. The plan is to give a focus and clearer identity to this stretch of Dewsbury Road as a shopping area.
The artworks will form part of a wider scheme that includes street improvements and tree planting, described as “A programme of proposed enhancement to the streetscape will aim to create a more attractive, user friendly, safe and secure environment for shoppers, visitors and residents.”
The project is being run by a partnership involving Leeds City Council, The Tetley art gallery and the Dewsbury Road Town Team, which involves businesses and residents.
The improvements follow a consultation process in 2014 and 2015 that identified problems and solutions in the area. The project has also worked with children from three local primary schools Hunslet Moor, New Bewerley and St Francis of Assisi who worked with The Tetley to design banners for lampposts for the area. The first banners were put up in May and a second set of banners went up before Christmas.
Interested artists have until 15 February to apply for the commission, full details are on The Tetley’s website: thetetley.org/jobs-opportunities