Artists will soon take centre stage as a sculpture park sprouts up in the heart of Kingston.

Sitespecific, a new project founded by two arts graduates, will see the memorial gardens become an open-air studio as part of the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF).

Charlotte Robson, co-founder of the scheme, said: “We are keen on getting more visual art in Kingston, as the music and performing arts scene is already amazing.”

Ten artists will be showcasing their work in the gardens between July 10 and 24.

Students from Kingston University, Kingston College, and graduates from other institutions will be taking part.

Aniela Zaba, director of Creative Youth, said: “We have touched on visual arts exhibitions before, primarily indoors.

"Two years ago we made silk banners to hang throughout the town.

"But this time we are really leading the visual by having a sculpture garden and art trail.”

Residents will be encouraged to create their own artworks, which will be displayed within the town centre.

The Sitespecific project aims to transform underused sites. The Art Trail Kingston, an online, interactive arts map, will help archive the sculptures within the borough and guide visitors to the works.

A spokesman for Sitespecific said: “These collaborative projects will excite public participation and enliven everyday urban spaces through creative action.”

Miss Zaba said: “Each year we take a look at areas that we can expand in. We have had a lot of dance and drama and carnival in the past.

“This is a big expansion in visual arts, but there are still a lot of areas. Next year we are thinking of doing more comedy. We never get bored coming up with new things.”

There will be a public view of the sculpture park on Wednesday, July 10, at 6pm.