As part of the Cheshire County Council Public Art work an opportunity arose through Property Services to test how public art could be integrated within major schemes for the new Libraries and Schools programme. A new school for Crewe was being developed and was seen as the perfect opportunity to bring an artist onto the team.
An artist, Catrin Jones (www.catrinjones.co.uk), and public art consultant to manage the process, were appointed as part of the design team and consultation with pupils and staff for the new school in Crewe. The fees of £9,200 were funded through Children’s Services and implementation for integrated artwork from the build budget, minimum £50,000. The opportunity was advertised regionally and nationally with 19 applicants, from which 6 teams and individual artists were interviewed by a panel made up of: the school, arts service, architect and public art consultant. This process is new for the contractor- Willmott Dixon, Architects – Adeas as well as the school and Children’s Services.
Catrin Jones met with the project team and selected areas for intervention and carried out workshops with pupils to develop design ideas. The result is an external glazing design and internal etched library screen.