Local art students bring Hatfield walkways to life

Hatfield town centre received another artistic boost today courtesy of creative local art students.

Artwork unveiling

Pupils from Oaklands College, Onslow St Audrey's and Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School created the new art pieces which adorn three key walkways leading to White Lion Square.


Creating more opportunities for the display of public art is a key part of the Hatfield 2030+ vision for the town. The council worked with the schools and college to give them a brief based on three themes:


· The memory of the past

· The interpretation of the present

· Desires for the future, exploring the impact that new technologies would have on the area.


The works are a mix of photographs, drawings and paintings.


The original additions follow the return of iconic sculpture, Pearl, during the White Lion Square transformation, and - together with the 'Three Swimmers' statue outside of the swim centre - makes Hatfield an expanding hub for art.


Councillor Bernard Sarson, Executive Member for Regeneration, Economic Development and Partnerships, said: The regeneration of an area is about so much more than bricks and mortar. Providing a varied and interesting mix of arts and culture is one of the key parts of our regeneration vision for Hatfield, and we hope the new art work will act as a further draw for people to visit and spend time in the town.


I'm hugely grateful to the students for their hard work; we're all very impressed with the quality of what they've produced.



Joelle Casotti, Deputy Head at Onslow St Audrey's, said: Our students have worked really hard - and it shows! We're really proud of what they've created and hope it boosts their confidence to have their work displayed in such a prominent town centre position, to be enjoyed by so many passersby.


Sally Fairbairn, Head of Expressive Arts at Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School, said: We've really enjoyed being a part of this project and I can see how pleased the girls are to see their creations used to brighten up Hatfield. We're sure, like us, the community will be really impressed.


Head of Art, Fashion and Design at Oaklands College, Victoria Caulton, said:

I am extremely proud of the high standard of work that our students have produced. Working with Welwyn & Hatfield Council on a live project has been an exciting experience for our students, one which they have thrived upon and also developed their skills as budding artists within the local community.


Elsewhere in the town, the demolition of Number 1 Town Centre is underway to prepare the site for new homes, shops and public spaces. A planning application for the redevelopment is expected to be submitted in the coming weeks.