Talking West Cheshire

New artwork unveiled in Northwich

27 January 2010Artist Viv Palmer with PACE members Wendy Corbett, Erahel Johannes, Health and Wellbeing Officer Jackie Thornhill and PACE members Anne Harrison and Hayley Green

A new piece of public art has been unveiled in Northwich to celebrate The Store, Rudheath’s Skills Academy as well as the success of a women’s development group.

Supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council, PACE stands for Pursue A new Confidence Everyday and is run in East Northwich with the aim of increasing self esteem and confidence and promoting an improved sense of well-being.

The group is open to women of all ages who either come forward themselves or are referred from agencies such as Vale Royal Community Mental Health Team, Victoria Road Children's Centre and the Weaver Vale Housing Trust Supporting People Team. Some women become members of PACE during the interim period between having children and pursuing career opportunities.

Following a successful application to the Awards for All Lottery Grants Stream and support from Cheshire West and Chester Council, PACE was granted funding to commission local artist Viv Palmer which led to the creation of a ceramic mosaic called Flow.

Local Northwich East and Shakerley Councillor, Cllr Terry Birtwistle, said: "A great deal of thought went into the creation of this mosaic which is sited outside the Skills Academy.

"The artist inspired the group and several workshops were held where the women were encouraged to express themselves and think in new directions.

"The finished product is extremely pleasing."