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Students compete for monumental honour

28 July 2012

Talented young artists based in East Anglia have been offered a career-boosting opportunity as Charles Church seeks to commission a spectacular piece of public art at one of its flagship developments

Charles Church Homes Anglia has launched a competition, in conjunction with Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA), which will see a fine art student winning the commission to create a lasting monument to enhance the Fellowes Plain development in Norwich.

Ed Walker, business director at NUCA, said: “We will be briefing our fine art students later this month on the project, and inviting them to submit their ideas for the piece of art that will take pride of place in this important and historic site.

“We believe people will want to see something that embodies the area and reflects the emotional connection that the site has for people in the city.”

“This will be run as a live project through the ‘ideas factory@NUCA’ – the university college's creative consultancy.”

Alastair Reid, development co-ordinator for Charles Church Anglia, added: “The Fellowes Plain development has seen the careful refurbishment of the former Norwich and Norfolk hospital site to create beautifully-appointed, contemporary homes.

The project has been approached sensitively and with respect for the high regard with which this site is held by local people. Every effort has been made to ensure the development blends in with the traditional architecture of the area, and that it is built to Charles Church’s exacting standards.

“The finishing touch will be to commission a unique piece of public art, selected to celebrate the completion of the re-development of this landmark site and its strong connections with local people.

“The artwork will be a real talking point in Norwich, and we are excited to be working with the talented young artists at NUCA. Gaining this commission will offer a superb boost to the winning designer’s CV."

The NUCA students will work closely with planning officers, specialist contractors and engineers to explore the style and practicality of their ideas before presenting designs to a judging panel in October.

The winning design will then be developed, manufactured and installed, with the artist credited.

NUCA is a dynamic, modern and creative community, providing arts, design and media education from a unique campus in the heart of Norwich city centre. NUCA was rated by The Guardian Universities Guide 2012 as the No. 1 specialist institution for art, design and media in England.

Students and staff have previously carried out a number of public art commissions through the ‘ideas factory@NUCA’, although this is the first time they will have worked with the Persimmon group, which includes Charles Church Homes.

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