News: Sculptor Rachel Carter to create art for new development

Ilkeston-based Rachel has been selected to create the public art as part of a prestigious new housing development in Mickleover.

With accolades from the organisers of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and a client base building in both the US and Europe, Ilkeston sculptor, Rachel Carter is celebrating once again after being chosen to create public art for an exciting new development in Derby.

A house building consortium, which consists of Persimmon Homes North Midlands, Radleigh and Peveril Homes are working with Derby City Council to integrate an imaginative and innovative sculpture installation at the new housing site in Mickleover. Rachel was successfully selected to create the work for the area after submitting a proposal for the scheme.

Rachel, who studied 3D Sustainable Design at the University of Derby, proposed a number of ideas that were inspired by nature and she will be the only artist creating the installations for the site.

The project is moving forward now and is planned to be completed by February 2013. As part of the development process Rachel will work with Murray Park Comprehensive pupils in years eight, nine and ten to gain their input and visions for the final sculptures.

Once Rachel has completed the works for the development, Murray Park Comprehensive will receive its own installation inspired by the pupil’s work on the project.

Rachel was given a brief to work to and once she has after worked closely with students and community groups she will have final sculpture designs ready to begin fabrication in November.

Speaking about the development, Rachel said: “I am so excited about this commission it’s a real honour to be involved in this brand new housing scheme. It’s fantastic that art is being factored into the site and hopefully it will lead the way for new developments in the future.

“I’m also pleased that I can involve the local community with my planning process, the development is in their neighbourhood, and it gives them an opportunity to get involved in something really special.”

Rachel is a regular exhibitor at the Chelsea Flower Show and she was also commission in 2010 to create a sculpture to reflect Heanor’s past present and future, which is on show at the entrance of the town.

There will be a public consultation for Rachel’s plans on Thursday 19 July at Mickleover Library between 5.15-6.45 pm for anyone to drop in and have a look at the proposed plans.

Rachel graduated from the University of Derby in 2007 after deciding to change her career direction. She is well known for her woven willow spherical sculptures which have been installed in gardens and open spaces open to the public across the UK.

For more information on Rachel visit www.rachelcarter.co.uk.