THE famous Ocean Road thoroughfare will soon gain some extra artistic merit.
South Tyneside Council is working with the town’s Customs House on proposals for a £54,000 public artwork project in the street.
The regeneration of Ocean Road -–famous for its curry houses – is seen as a key element in the local authority’s plans to regenerate the town.
Work is already ongoing to create a more pedestrian-friendly zone between the town centre and the coastline. That scheme includes improving street furniture, creating features and improving signage.
Going hand in hand with that work, a post has emerged for an artist to create artwork in the street.
Artists interested in submitting a proposal are being invited to attend an open evening on Tuesday, March 19, at Ocean Road Community Centre from 6pm.
They will be able to meet members of the project team, chaired by Coun Audrey McMillan, Labour representative for the Beacon and Bents ward.
Coun McMillan said: “We will be taking the prospective artists out onto Ocean Road to familiarise them with the area, and then they can come back to us with their ideas.”
Artists interested in being involved in the project must then submit an official proposal.
The project team will then select three artists to further develop their concepts and present their vision for the work to the project team, with the successful candidate being appointed by June.
The £54,000 cost of the project includes fees, fabrication, installation and all other costs.
If you are planning to attend the briefing session and tour, contact Emma Horsman, cultural development manager at The Customs House, on 427 8197 or e-mail email@example.com by Friday, March 15.