New artworks for The Yards

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A BOUTIQUE shopping area is to get an arty makeover thanks to a project designed to attract more shoppers.

As part of the Cultural Renaissance Project, Working pArts have designed four art pieces, including a living green wall at the side of McDonald’s, a puppy sculpture in Theatre Yard – once known as ‘the kennels’– a falcon sculpture in Falcon Yard and gloved hand sculptures holding various objects to reflect the various businesses in the area.

Emma Stevenson from M’s Gallery in The Yards said: “There is a certain charm to area and the new arts project will certainly introduce something a bit different. It all helps to keep this part of the town centre an attraction in its own right and we hope it will encourage visitors to come and see what we have on offer.”

Cllr Nick Stringer, executive member for leisure, culture and tourism at Chesterfield Borough Council said: “It’s important for town centres to deliver something creative to keep them dynamic and lively and art is something that brings a new dimension to public spaces. This latest project is just one of many improvements to The Yards area which we hope will continue to thrive and attract new visitors and shoppers.”

The artworks will be in place by June. To see pictures of the pieces, visit