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Unique chance to see free European public art project in Northamptonshire

22nd July 2014 Print
Smoke Train at County Mayo 1

Visitors to Northamptonshire this summer will get a unique opportunity to see brand new public art installations in diverse outdoor venues including the beautiful natural habitat of the Nene Valley.

Following successful European installations in Catalonia, Spain in June and Mayo, Ireland in July, the CHANGING TRACKS project will be launched in the UK on 15 August 2014. It will enable visitors and other new audiences to engage with contemporary art by placing the artworks in a non-traditional, outdoor exhibition spaces.

The series of public artworks, from leading artists from the UK, Ireland and Spain - Noah Rose, Aideen Barry and Xevi Bayona, respectively - will be situated on or adjacent to disused railway lines which are now used as walking or cycle paths. The landmark installations will be ambitious in scale, including railway tracks extending 12 metres into the air, and will explore the changing use of disused railway lines and reveal the hidden heritage, industry and local stories associated with the former railway lines.

These unique and highly ambitious artworks will remain in situ until early November in the UK. The CHANGING TRACKS installations will build on Northamptonshire’s strengths as a visitor destination to offer a must-see temporary attraction this summer.

As well as attracting new visitors to the county, the three separate temporary artworks will engage with a wide range of leisure and recreational users such as walkers, cyclists, families, fishers, and local community groups including heritage, schools, colleges and local tourism businesses.

Northamptonshire is famous for its historic homes such as Althorp, the resting place of Princess Diana, and Boughton House recent film set for the BAFTA and Oscar award-winning Les Miserables, Silverstone, the home of the F1 British Grand Prix, and its rich industrial footwear heritage, as well as emerging destinations including the Nene Valley, a haven for wildlife and bird lovers.

Covering more than 41,000 hectares, the Nene Valley extends for around 35 miles between Northampton and Peterborough, incorporating the River Nene and bordering the ancient Rockingham Forest.

The closest railway station to the sites is Wellingborough which connects to London St Pancras, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield) and they can also be reached via the A45, A14 and A6 by car. For more information about CHANGING TRACKS, visit

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