Corwen is a small town in North Wales of approximately 2,500 people situated on the A5 between Llangollen and Bala. Like many small towns, Corwen lost its railway line in closures following the Beeching Report. The Llangollen Heritage Railway are currently extending the stream train line from nearby Carrog. Work due for completion in Spring 2014. An increase in tourism would benefit local economic prospects, local expenditure and create greater footfall.
In 2010 Addo were appointed by the Partneriaerth Corwen Partnership to engage an artist in residence to explore the potential of public artworks as a tool to lift the visitor experience of the town and draw visitors from () the proposed station to the town centre. Working with ideas from local people, artist Naomi Leake proposed new gardens and meadows, murals on blank walls and a town trail celebrating the rich history of the town, to create quality, exciting artworks. A seminar exploring these ideas with visiting experts focussed on the implications of these developments for the town’s long term vision. A third stage of the project began in March 2013 with an artist-in-residency looking at developing the “wet-meadow” idea adjacent to the railway and town. Camp Little Hope, an international artist collective, based in the USA, developed an environmental garden in the field space, along-side proposals for further arts interventions. The arts-led regeneration activity is currently the subject of further funding bids.
The project demonstrates the value that can be brought to a project by close working and consultation between a specialist consultant and local people.