Wednesday, 13 May 2009

sign of the times (5) - art in shops

One of the most depressing features of the present economic climate is the number of town centre shops that are left vacant. So it is great to see some shops in Chelmsford town centre are being used for a creative venture organised by the council. Called Art in Shops, the initiative provides the opportunity for artists to display their work in shop windows and inside empty premises. Chelmsford Borough Council has a good track record of displaying art in public places and this is one more example of that commitment. Art in Shops is part of the council's Arts Development programme.

Other examples of public art in Chelmsford include the commissioning of an art installation each year for the 80ft high atrium at County Hall; exhibition spaces in the libraries, civic centre, theatres and hospitals and a virtual online gallery.

Initiatives like Art in Shops are signs of hope amongst the more negative signs of the times in our town centres.

Reminded me of that saying of Jesus (OK I know its dodgy hermeneutics):
Let your light so shine before before others that they may see your good works and and give glory to your Father in heaven.

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