Time to choose in Keynsham

The people of Keynsham will shortly be able to choose the design of a new clock tower which will have pride of place in the new town centre development.

Keynsham High Street
Keynsham High Street

Three artists have been shortlisted to design the clock tower and their proposals will be on display at exhibitions across the town from April 25.

Councillor Paul Crossley (Lib Dem, Southdown), Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “Following the public vote by the people of Keynsham, the clock tower will be in situ by April 2015. The Council is very pleased to support this important addition to the civic centre area, which will form a focus for the town. I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibition of short-listed designs.”

keynshamThe shortlisted artists are sculptor Sebastien Boyesen, metalworker Jon Mills and clock designers/manufacturers, Smith of Derby. All were shortlisted due to their inspirational ideas, their response to the site and a commitment to working with the local community.

Keynsham Town Councillor Lisa O’Brien, Chair of the Keynsham Arts Advisory Group, said: “We are delighted to announce the three artists who 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 successful artist will go on to work with the community to finalise details of the design.

The exhibition can be seen at the Pomegranate Café, 19 Temple Street from 25 to 30 April (open 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm on Saturday, and open late from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

It then moves next door to the window of Keynsham Town Council from 1 May to 7 May.

Finally it will be at the Key Centre at Keynsham Methodist Church, Charlton Road, from 9 May to 15 May (open 10am to 5pm with a late night on Friday 9 May until 8pm – please note the Key Centre is not open on Sunday). Special talks by the artists will talk place on 9 May and further details to be announced shortly.