Museum & Art
New Walk is the home to the city’s museum, gallery and a collection of public art pieces leading into the heart
of the city.
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
home to an impressive collection of art & treasures
One of the city’s finest buildings, the Museum houses an impressive collection of art and treasures including Picasso pottery, modern art, a dinosaur and ancient Egyptian experience. Find out more www.leicester.gov.uk/museums/
commemorating the footwear industry
Following on from the successful erection of the Clicker, the Trustees of Friends of New Walk charitable Trust decided to launch an appeal for funds to pay for the cost and erection of a sculpture to commemorate the clothing industry and its connections to the City and County of Leicester.
Many people will be aware that the trustees of Friends of New Walk Charitable Trust raised money for the erection of the Clicker, a sculpture piece, to commemorate the footwear industry and its connections to the City and County of Leicester.
clothing and textile industry sculpture
This appeal for funds has been successful,and following a competition, JohnAtkin was again commissioned to design thesculpture. Mr Atkin has designed the working marble and it has been erected on the bridge on New Walk over Waterloo Way,where the Clicker piece originally stood, in Summer 2010. The trustees are delightedwith the creation and hope that it will enhance the area for all users of New Walk.
The work was created by John Atkin, following a competition to design an appropriate sculpture. Since then John has received a number of large, prestigious commissions, culminating in him winning a worldwide competition in connection with the Beijing Olympics.
The Clicker was originally sited on the bridge on New Walk over Waterloo Way, but unfortunately it had to be moved after being vandalised. It was repaired and is now sited in the garden at the front of 20, 30 and 40 New Walk.
The piece was entirely funded by public donations following an appeal made by the trustees of the Friends of New Walk Charitable Trust.
De Montfort Hall
Following on from the above piece, the trustees were delighted to receive a donation from John Birch in memory of his mother, the late Lois Birch. Mr Birch donated a sum of money to the trustees to commission a further sculpture piece, which was erected in the garden at De Montfort Hall on 23 June 2010. The sculpture has been created by John Sydney Carter, a local sculptor, and represents musical instruments. The work looks very impressive in the flowerbed in front of De Montfort Hall and the trustees are delighted to have been involved in the commissioning and subsequent erection of this work.