A NEW facility focused on bringing 'big art' to the city has opened in Worcester.

The derelict Screen House on Hylton Road could be turned into something similar to the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

It has been unused since it was the water outlet for the power station which was demolished in 1979.

Oliver Carpenter hit on the idea for the Worcester Plinth after walking past The Screenhouse for years and thought that something could be done with the space.

Mr Carpenter said: "Working with the City’s artists and arts organisations, we want to develop something similar to the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, a location to say something about all that is marvellous about our City and bring ‘big art’ to our riverside.

We want it to be visible all along the riverside from the Arches to the bridge and the Cathedral."

The people behind The Worcester Plinth are not-for-profit Jigsaw Community Festivals, which has provided music and arts festivals across Worcestershire since 2009.

The team consists of five volunteers and an increasing number of partners.

It was built in 1902 to supplement the water generated power produced at Powick Mills from 1894.

As demand grew this was itself replaced by a new steel-framed power station on the same site in 1945 and finally closed in 1976.

It has stood empty ever since but is now seeking to be used to display artistic works.

The Worcester Plinth team is encouraging all kinds of responses for the space from a range of artistic disciplines.

These could include work that is designed for the space as well as borrowed work from new and existing artists.

Mr Carpenter said: "We have a fantastic first work of art which will be installed very soon and we are beginning to have conversations with a range of artists both locally and regionally."

If you have an idea that you want to submit to The Worcester Plinth team, you can do so by visiting the website.