Artists to unveil their designs for new Keynsham clock

Published on: 07 Apr 2014

The countdown has begun until the day Keynsham residents will get the first glimpse of how their new clock tower could look.

Three artists will be exhibiting their designs for a new timepiece to take centre stage in the new development, with a public vote deciding the winner.

The chosen artist will then work with community organisations to finalise the design and create it.

The Keynsham Arts Advisory Group has announced that the exhibitions will take place from the end of April into early  May at various venues in the town.

Keynsham Town councillor Lisa O’Brien, chair of the Keynsham Arts Advisory Group, said: “We are delighted to announce that three artists have been shortlisted for the Keynsham clock tower commission.  Each artist’s proposal will be exhibited at various venues in Keynsham from the end of April into early May. We will be asking for feedback from residents, business owners and frequent visitors to our town and do everything possible to ensure that the voting process is fair and impartial.”

The three shortlisted artists are sculptor Sebastian Boyesen, metalworker Jon Mills and clock manufacturers Smith of Derby. A spokesperson said the three were selected for their inspirational ideas, their response to the site, to Keynsham’s unique qualities and a commitment to working with the local community.

The clock tower designs can be seen at:

  • Pomegranate Café, 19 Temple Street, from April 25 to 30  (open 8am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm)
  • Window of Keynsham Town Council offices, 15-17 Temple Street, from  May 1 to 7
  • The Key Centre at Keynsham Methodist Church, Charlton Road from May 9 to 15 (open 10am to 5pm with a late night on Friday, May 9, until 7pm – note the Key Centre is not open on Sunday)

Details of a talk by the artists are due to be announced shortly. A new clock tower is expected to be in place by April 2015.

  • Plans to create a Keynsham timeline as part of the public arts project have also moved a step forward, with £3,500 of funding from B&NES Council to pay for an artist to work with schoolchildren on the images and designs that it is hoped will line the steps alongside Bath Hill.

Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society and Keynsham Civic Society are among those being consulted on the project, which is planned to tell the story of Keynsham in text and images.

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