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Help develop a new piece of public art for the Commonwealth Games

Warwick District Council is looking for your suggestions on people, places, objects, or things you associate with Royal Leamington Spa.

The information you provide will help shape the development of a new piece of public art, planned to be installed in the pedestrian underpass at Leamington Spa Station, which will be seen by 1,000’s of people during this year’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Royal Leamington Spa Colour Palettes art piece will be made up of number of large colour swatches with each one representing and celebrating one of seven themes relating to the town:

  1. Arts and Culture
  2. Innovation
  3. Sports and Leisure
  4. Nature and Natural Environment
  5. Entertainment
  6. History
  7. Community

Victoria Park has hosted the England women’s national championships for over 40 years, with the joint men’s and women’s championships moving to Leamington in 2014. It has also been the host venue of the Women’s World Bowls Championships in both 1996 and 2004.

Your suggestions will be used to inform the creation of the artwork, which will showcase what the town has to offer people visiting Royal Leamington Spa, for example, the Royal Pump Rooms, Royal Spa Centre, Jephson Gardens.

Councillor Liam Bartlett, Warwick District Council Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism & Leisure, said: “The Royal Leamington Spa Colour Palettes will be a great visual improvement for the gateway into the town. Welcoming visitors and spectators from all over the world during this year’s Commonwealth Games. This piece of public art will showcase what we are proud of in Royal Leamington Spa and provide a fantastic opportunity for the people of the district to be part of this project.”

Sarah Windrum, Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), said: “With the Commonwealth Games coming to Leamington this year, this is a wonderful project to enhance the pedestrian underpass at Leamington Spa station and welcome the many visitors to the town with vibrant artwork. The project is a great way for residents to get involved, and we’re looking forward to hearing suggestions on what the artwork should feature.” 

Stacey Barnfield is a regional artist who is developing the colour palette artwork to feature in the pedestrian underpass at Leamington Spa Station. He has developed a similar colour palette at Grand Central at New Street Station. He said: “The Colour Palette artworks are all about celebrating local; the areas we grew up in, the people who inspire us, the places we love and the buildings we cherish. It’s wonderful that the Royal Leamington Spa Colour Palettes are being shaped by residents of the town and my thanks go out to everyone who submits a suggestion.

“I can’t wait to see what will feature on the final artworks. They promise to be fascinating and interesting designs packed with wonderful – and colourful – references that will welcome visitors to the town in their thousands every day.”

To submit your suggestions, complete this short online form at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/RLSColourPalette/ by Saturday 12 February 2022. 

Royal Leamington Spa’s Colour Palettes are planned to be installed before the Games come to the district this July. 

Warwick District will be providing venues for the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls at Royal Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park and the Cycling Road Race start/finish at St Nicholas Park, Warwick, as part of this year’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of representatives from Warwick District Council, Royal Leamington Spa Town Council, Warwick District Creative Compact and the artist Stacey Barnfield.