Let's create a vacant plinth for the arts

First published in Letters

IT was encouraging and timely to read the piece by Christine Nielson (SJOpinion January 9).

As the curator of the Young Gallery, I have long held out the hope that the redesigned market square would provide a turning point on many fronts, not least in the visual arts.

For many years I have been playing around with the idea of the ‘vacant plinth’. Such a simple idea but providing a transformational experience.

Setting aside the logistics etc, it seems to me that it would be an illustrious way to develop and enhance a famous city, such as Salisbury. Indeed great cities and the arts are inseparable.

I agree with Christine; we need a stimulating environment in which to live and work and attract visitors.

We need, as a city, to be looking forward and capitalising on our assets.

I would welcome having several plinths available and starting a serious yet playful arts conversation.

Let’s make 2014 a transformational year for this distinguished city.

Peter Riley, Curator, Young Gallery

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