Workshop on Banbury street is inspiration for planned sculpture and artist's residence

Plans to build a new sculptural artwork in the form of an artist's house at Longford Park have been submitted to Cherwell District Council.

Swan Foundry building, Banbury. NNL-180304-110333009
Swan Foundry building, Banbury. NNL-180304-110333009

The artwork has been commissioned by CDC as part of Park Life, a series of four artworks across the development. It will be managed by Eastside Projects.

Artists House has been designed by Heather and Ivan Morison. Each of the works of art will be owned by CDC and last for an initial period of 20 years.

As well as being a landmark sculpture, Artists House will provide a work studio for a resident artist.

Studio open days, talks and events will also be held at the house.

The design of Artists House will have a twisting and turning arrangement and take some of its inspiration from a workshop building on Swan Close Road.

It will house and support the work of a local artist, or an ‘artist of merit’ who chooses to make Banbury their new home.

An open call for applicants will be made and the selected resident artist will be able to rent the house for £500 to £600 per month plus bills.

The other works expected to make up Park Life could include a model village of birdhouses and a cast iron sculpture.