Public Art Commission, Macclesfield

Public Art Commission, Macclesfield

Macclesfield Council seeks an experienced public artist to work with stakeholders to create unique artwork for the Town.

Macclesfield train station is the gateway to the town for a large number of commuters, visitors, shoppers and residents.

On leaving the station, travellers are currently faced with a blank, grey breeze-block wall and also a street scape that provides little indication of the town centre it serves.

Macclesfield Council is currently undertaking a programme of capital works in the town centre to improve specific identified areas – which includes the station pedestrian approach to the town centre.

Part of this includes the enhancement of these schemes through the use of public art and interpretation developed in partnership with Virgin Trains and Cheshire East Council.


The main objectives of the commission are to:

  • Create a unique piece of art bespoke to the local community and service users, which will be fixed to the length of the wall
  • Make accessing the town centre more readily identifiable
  • Complement and to take into account the visual impact of the work in context of its surroundings
  • Reflect Macclesfield’s rich heritage
  • Increase the appreciation of the public art in the town.

The successful commissioned artist will work with the local community, such as schools and identified community and heritage groups, in a series of workshops to  inspire the designs for the artwork which to be interpreted by the artist for the final work.

To obtain a full brief contact Pete Turner  T: 01625 374142

The closing date for submission is 12 noon Friday 16th March 2018