Spring into Art!


Former Art student, Kesia-Rose Taylor, has a “spring” in her step this week as her sculpture design was unveiled in Redditch Town Centre on Thursday 12th January 2017.

The public art project founded and driven by former Redditch Mayor, Malcolm Hall, and members of the Redditch Borough Council, celebrates the town’s industrial heritage. The piece, made by Artist Tim Tolkien, is a beautiful homage to the spring industry that is still prevalent in the local economy today.

Kesia-Rose who attended the former North East Worcestershire College (NEW College) now Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) started working on the project seven years ago. With the support of her then lecturer, Kerry Sherlock, her design was selected by the Council to be made and displayed in the local community.

Now taking prime position outside Redditch Town Hall, Kesia-Rose’s design provides a snapshot of what is still an integral part of the town’s rich history and even brighter future.

Commenting on the experience, Kesia-Rose, said:

“The unveiling of the sculpture was amazing! It is a huge honour to be a part of the Redditch Town art culture and its manufacturing history. Back in 2010 when I was given the project brief I hadn’t really understood the reality of how big an impact it would have on my life.

Studying at NEW College was the best two years of my educational life, with amazing tutors and the encouragement to spark my passion for art.  I learned how to appreciate and perceive art itself in different ways, alternative mediums, and ultimately open my mind to what it stands for.”

HoW College, Curriculum, Resource and Quality Leader (Arts), Kerry Sherlock, added:

“It has been a fascinating project that has been reliant on the vision and commitment of the steering group that was pulled together seven years ago. The culmination of this is a fabulous sculpture that now sits outside the Redditch Town Hall to celebrate the historic and continuous contributions of the springs industry in Redditch.”

For more information about studying Art and Design at HoW College please visit our website: www.howcollege.ac.uk.

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