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C4 selects sites for public art
Katrina Newell (r) and Claire Kelly at the Waterworks site in North Belfast
The Waterworks site in North Belfast is one of the six selected areas
Six sites around the UK are to get new pieces of public art as part of an ambitious national art commissioning programme to be filmed for Channel 4.

Beckton Alps in east London, Cardigan in Wales and Sheffield Cooling Towers in Yorkshire are among the venues selected following a public survey.

The 2m Big Art Project will see artist and community working together to create a unique public artwork.

The works will be unveiled in autumn 2007, alongside the Channel 4 series.

Public life

The six areas were chosen by a panel of experts from a shortlist of 12 sites nominated by more than 1,400 people.

The Isle of Mull in Scotland, Waterworks Park in North Belfast and Burnley in north-west England complete the shortlist.

The TV series is intended to spark a debate about the impact of art on public life.

"From inner city hotspots to much loved beauty spots, we have been overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the response from communities all over the UK to the Big Art Project," said Jan Younghusband, Commissioning Editor, Arts and Performance at Channel 4.

"The clear desire expressed by people from all kinds of backgrounds all over the country to get involved is ample evidence that the Big Art Project could really make a difference."




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