New art work heading to ‘Dale

Way of the Roses cycle ride, May 2011  �Sustrans Credit: Kate Jones/Sustrans
Way of the Roses cycle ride, May 2011 �Sustrans Credit: Kate Jones/Sustrans
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Four Nidderdale artists shortlisted for proposed exciting new public art project to show iff the creativity and culture of Nidderdale.

Artists Sarah Drew, Gill Kirk, Jessica Harrison, Joseph Hayton and Gill Kirk, have all been shortlisted to develop their artistic ideas for “Passing Places” art project on the Way of the Roses cycle path as it passed through Nidderdale.

Pateley Bridge has been chosen as one of three pilot sites for the art project, as part of the 170 mile coast-to-coast bike route from Morecambe to Bridlington.

Now a series of artworks are planned to make the route the most culturally rich, as well as the most scenically rich, of the long distance trails.

Pateley Bridge, being almost half-way along the route, will be one of the major sites for a new piece of public art.

A steering group for the Pateley Bridge Passing Place has been at work on the project since October.

A spokesman from the group said: “The response from local artists and craftspeople to the invitation to submit ideas for a piece of significant artwork in Pateley Bridge has been outstanding and shows what an enormous amount of creativity and talent there is in Nidderdale.

“It was immensely difficult to make a selection from the submissions we received.”

The project will focus on engaging with the local community through various events, to get feedback and ensure that the final piece is relevant, sustainable and is liked in the area, organisers have said.