An artist's impression of the Friarsgate development

The developers of Friarsgate have been urged to incorporate the city’s artistic talents in the designs of some elements of the city centre redevelopment project.

An artist’s impression of the new Friarsgate development

The long-awaited retail and residential project moved a step closer this week as four more businesses confirmed they would be taking up leases.

But bosses at the Lichfield Garrick have written to planning chiefs at Lichfield District Council suggesting using art to create a new tourist attraction in the public areas of the development.

“We live in a city full of vibrant and exciting artistic events and which is home to many artists in all the art forms,” said the theatre’s executive director Karen Foster. “It would be fantastic to involve artists in the commissioning of street furniture and in the proposed Friarsgate development as this will add to the sculpture trail already in existence and allow Lichfield to showcase its cultural ambitions.

“In cathedral cities such as Winchester, Salisbury and Lincoln, the arts have been used to attract visitors and to give tourists and locals a reason to explore more widely.

“Why not raise Lichfield’s profile through the arts to reach out to more culturally aware visitors as well as enhancing residents’ enjoyment of their city?”

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