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Olympic Backdrop For Wigan Life Centre
Tuesday 18th May, 2010

Olympic Backdrop For Wigan Life Centre
Ted Walmsley at the Wigan Life Centre site.

ART groups across Wigan are being invited to give the town centre an Olympic style makeover.

Wigan Rotary Club is challenging the borough’s artists to brighten up sections of hoardings around the new Wigan Life Centre on Library Street.

The challenge is part of the Olympic Open Weekend 2010, which will take place in the town from July 23 to the 25, as part of the countdown to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London and will feature hundreds of sporting, arts and culture events right across the UK.

This year, the London 2012 committee has asked Wigan organisations to create a challenge - to try something new or take an existing skill to a new level.

Ted Walmsley, president of the rotary club, said: “We want local art groups to come along and paint a section of the hoardings in eight hours on Saturday 24 July based on the theme of the Olympics.

“We believe this is an exciting opportunity for local groups and colleges to show off their skill and talent.”

Each group will be provided with the same paint and brushes for the panels which are 1m wide by 2m in height. Competitors will have eight hours on Saturday 24 July to create their Olympic masterpieces.

Afterwards the paintings will remain in-situ until the hoardings are taken down in 2011.

Wigan Life Centre is one of the most ambitious council projects ever undertaken.

Bringing much-needed jobs and investment into the town, the £200million one-stop shop for public services will feature three zones – Healthy Living, Information and Learning and Neighbourhoods – as well as a new 25-metre swimming pool, and adults and children’s library.

For more information visit www.wiganrotaryclub.org.uk or call 07813 471 000.

More information about the Cultural Partnership can be found by visiting www.wlct.org/Culture/cultpart/cultpart.htm.

Deadline for entries is Friday 18 June.

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