Chance to share ideas for Newport Chartist memorial

South Wales Argus: TAKEN DOWN: The Chartist mural was demolished in October last year TAKEN DOWN: The Chartist mural was demolished in October last year

NEWPORT residents are being called upon to share ideas for a replacement to the Chartist mural, which was demolished last October amid public furore to make way for the £100 million Friars Walk shopping development.

After a 90 minute open meeting on February 13, the city’s Civic Society hopes to submit ideas to the council about what the new memorial might look like and where it could be placed.

Co-Chairman of the Civic Society Nick Webb said: “The plan was to hand the floor over to the people of Newport and see what ideas come forward. There was obviously a lot of anger initially about the way the mural was demolished, even among people who appreciated it couldn’t stay in its location as it was.

“Now things have moved on to a positive discussion about what could be done in its place.

“We hope the outcomes of discussions like this will go on and influence the city council. The concern would be if ideas are coming out of discussions like this and then ignored completely – but I don’t think that will happen.”

Mr Webb hopes a similar level of enthusiasm can be harnessed in deciding on a replacement memorial as was seen during the ReNewport consultation about regenerating Newport economically, said to be one of the most successful public consultations Wales has ever had.

Possibilities likely to be discussed include a tapestry commemorating the Chartist march on Newport in 1839, which could be prepared by residents from towns where Chartists started the march, an illuminated artwork or a replica of the demolished mural.

As to where a new memorial will be, Mr Webb favoured it being close to the Westgate Hotel, where 22 Chartists were shot after marching on the city demanding democratic reform. Another option for a memorial site could be on one of the routes marchers took into the city.

He stressed all realistic options were on the table and he hoped people would bring forward their own ideas, adding: “We’re a very creative city – just look at some of the work coming out of the university.”

The discussion will run from 7.30pm to 9pm on Thursday, February 13, at Newport’s council chamber at the civic centre.

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1:40pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Indigo Pete says...

I applaud this meeting and hope many will attend however, It should not be forgotten how the people of Newport were treated with utter disregard by the Newport City Council

What gravity will this discussion have

Is it a formal meeting set up by the council

What assurances have the Civic society had that those who voice their opinions at the meeting will be heard?
I applaud this meeting and hope many will attend however, It should not be forgotten how the people of Newport were treated with utter disregard by the Newport City Council What gravity will this discussion have Is it a formal meeting set up by the council What assurances have the Civic society had that those who voice their opinions at the meeting will be heard? Indigo Pete

1:49pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Indigo Pete says...

Many have already had open discussions about the replacement or replacements

There are several Facebook groups such as
"what should replace the chartist mural"

Newport Arts Culture and Heritage Association NACHA An umbrella organisation fchampioning Arts Culture and Heritage in our city https://www.facebook
.com/pages/Newport-A
rts-Culture-and-Heri
tage-Association-NAC
HA/1386993061543942?
hc_location=stream

SAVE OUR MURAL https://www.facebook
.com/SaveOurMural

I hope many of those who have been involved with them will attend this meeting.

It would be great if the Civic Society include the feelings and thoughts from other discussions along with their own to create as broader spectrum of what the public want as possible
Many have already had open discussions about the replacement or replacements There are several Facebook groups such as "what should replace the chartist mural" Newport Arts Culture and Heritage Association NACHA An umbrella organisation fchampioning Arts Culture and Heritage in our city https://www.facebook .com/pages/Newport-A rts-Culture-and-Heri tage-Association-NAC HA/1386993061543942? hc_location=stream SAVE OUR MURAL https://www.facebook .com/SaveOurMural I hope many of those who have been involved with them will attend this meeting. It would be great if the Civic Society include the feelings and thoughts from other discussions along with their own to create as broader spectrum of what the public want as possible Indigo Pete

2:43pm Wed 29 Jan 14

DavidMclean says...

This meeting is perfectly timed to give the council a chance to underline that 'times are tight, so keep your expectations low'.
This meeting is perfectly timed to give the council a chance to underline that 'times are tight, so keep your expectations low'. DavidMclean

1:19pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Indigo Pete says...

There will be no bumoney for art in 2015 if the budget proposals go through unchallenged. Sad times and yet it is so vital in a depression like ths

1. The arts in Wales are popular – Growing financial pressures mean important social responsibilities such as housing and education will always come first. But if we are going to have a well rounded approach to health and wellbeing we cannot ignore the arts and the record numbers of people engaging with them.
2. The arts unlock the creativity and imagination of young people –We mustn’t underplay the role of creativity in education. Creative skills encourage flexible thinking, new insights and new ways of thinking.
3. Arts encourage engagement and bring communities together – A powerful means of reaching out to people, inspiring a sense of pride and belonging.
4. Arts encourage cultural and social change – artists have always been at the heart of campaigns, encouraging society to take a broader, more inclusive view. We need to encourage these voices and celebrate the importance of arts for expression and debate.
5. Arts contribute to Wales’s economic prosperity – The Arts are an important part of the economy with arts organisations achieving high turnovers, improving quality of life and being used extensively as part of wider regeneration
6. Arts are vital to cultural tourism – and encourage people to learn about their cultures and histories.
7. The Arts help promote the profile of Wales on the world stage – We need to reflect upon and celebrate the quality of work that we are producing in Wales and the practitioners who act as ambassadors.
8. Arts help express the bilingual identity and culture through Welsh and English languages – connecting people with a culture, history and way of seeing the world that is different. Enabling exploration of wider ideas, traditions and concepts.
9. Tangible results across a range of national and local government policy – Arts can deliver across a wide range of civic responsibilities – health, education, regeneration etc.
10. Arts enrich our lives
There will be no bumoney for art in 2015 if the budget proposals go through unchallenged. Sad times and yet it is so vital in a depression like ths 1. The arts in Wales are popular – Growing financial pressures mean important social responsibilities such as housing and education will always come first. But if we are going to have a well rounded approach to health and wellbeing we cannot ignore the arts and the record numbers of people engaging with them. 2. The arts unlock the creativity and imagination of young people –We mustn’t underplay the role of creativity in education. Creative skills encourage flexible thinking, new insights and new ways of thinking. 3. Arts encourage engagement and bring communities together – A powerful means of reaching out to people, inspiring a sense of pride and belonging. 4. Arts encourage cultural and social change – artists have always been at the heart of campaigns, encouraging society to take a broader, more inclusive view. We need to encourage these voices and celebrate the importance of arts for expression and debate. 5. Arts contribute to Wales’s economic prosperity – The Arts are an important part of the economy with arts organisations achieving high turnovers, improving quality of life and being used extensively as part of wider regeneration 6. Arts are vital to cultural tourism – and encourage people to learn about their cultures and histories. 7. The Arts help promote the profile of Wales on the world stage – We need to reflect upon and celebrate the quality of work that we are producing in Wales and the practitioners who act as ambassadors. 8. Arts help express the bilingual identity and culture through Welsh and English languages – connecting people with a culture, history and way of seeing the world that is different. Enabling exploration of wider ideas, traditions and concepts. 9. Tangible results across a range of national and local government policy – Arts can deliver across a wide range of civic responsibilities – health, education, regeneration etc. 10. Arts enrich our lives Indigo Pete

5:32pm Thu 13 Feb 14

ljbrown says...

The chartist memorial should be exciting, innovative and forward thinking - possibly something which utilises digital media or light. Creating a replica will send the wrong messages about the future of the city - lets look forwards not backwards! Lets create something that really gets people interested in what Newport can/will be achieving...
The chartist memorial should be exciting, innovative and forward thinking - possibly something which utilises digital media or light. Creating a replica will send the wrong messages about the future of the city - lets look forwards not backwards! Lets create something that really gets people interested in what Newport can/will be achieving... ljbrown

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