The north end of Commercial Road where improvements work will take place in early 2024

Portsmouth City Council has extended the deadline for local artists to enter a competition to design pavement artwork for two areas in the city as part of the Future High Streets initiative.

Funded by the government to drive growth, improve the public experience, and ensure future sustainability, the Future Hight Streets initiative will make improvements to the area of Commercial Road that sits between Craswell Street and Lake Road. Pavement artwork will also be added to Guildhall Walk, in collaboration with the Safer Streets 4 project.

Following the amount of interest the competition has received, the deadline has been extended; so artists now have until noon on Thursday 14 September to email citycentre@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for an information pack and submit their design by Friday 29 September.

Councillor Steve Pitt, leader of the council, said: “The extended deadline provides more artists with the opportunity to submit their artwork. We’d encourage anyone who’s thinking of taking part to request an information pack to find out more about what’s involved. It’s a great way to support the culture of our city, but to also have your artwork seen by many”.

Artists can enter the competition on their own, or as a group, to provide artwork that will represent the city, the culture of Portsmouth, and create a connection between Guildhall Walk and Commercial Road. The council aims to select the winning artist/s in October and then install in January 2024.