Portsmouth City Council is calling on local artists to enter a competition to design floor artwork for two areas of the city; the north area of Commercial Road (between Crasswell Street and Lake Road) and Guildhall Walk.

The competition is part of the Future High Streets project to improve the top end of Commercial Road, to drive growth, improve the shopping experience and ensure future sustainability.

The Safer Streets 4 project is joining the Future High Streets project for this competition, to have floor artwork in Guildhall Walk to reflect the local area.

Artists can enter the competition on their own, or as a group, to provide inspirational art and produce the design template within a set budget of £3,000. The chosen artist/s would also need to cooperate with contractors who will install the artwork.

The artwork should reflect the area and demonstrate continuity of theme, providing an opportunity to adapt and evolve images.

Anyone who would like to get involved, should email citycentre@portsmouthcc.gov.uk by noon on 31 August, to receive an information pack. Artists will receive the packs shortly after this date and will then have until 2pm on 22 September to submit their proposals.

The council aims to select the winning artist/s in October and the artwork will be installed from January 2024.

Councillor Steve Pitt, leader of the council, said: “This is a great opportunity for local artists to get creative and showcase their talent, whilst brightening up our city centre for our residents and visitors.

“The chosen artist will add their personal touch to the city we love and see their masterpiece on display in Commercial Road and Guildhall Walk.

“We’d urge artists to get involved and request an information pack as soon as possible, and before noon on 31 August.”

The Future High Streets project is funded by the government to drive growth, improve the public experience, and ensure future sustainability. As well as artwork on the floor, other improvements to the top end of Commercial Road will include new seating and planting.