CHAPS – Chase Arts for Public Spaces – is a group of people who work together voluntarily to promote and support works of public art for the benefit of the Cannock Chase community.
The group acts as an umbrella organisation for lots of businesses, organisations and individuals who invest voluntary time to improve the local area through public art and commemorative pieces that celebrate our diverse local heritage.
CHAPS was first formed in early 2001, adopting a formal constitution in 2003. Its mission was to support and encourage public arts projects, with a particular focus on representing the area’s coal mining heritage. Its first venture was to commission a piece of art which was erected in Queen’s Square, Cannock, in 2004.
Two years later the community saw CHAPS’ second stand-alone project: the coal mining memorial that was built in Market Street, Hednesford. The second phase of the mining memorial was completed in 2011, the 3rd phase in 2014 and in 2017 the 4th and final phase was completed and dedicated. The mining memorial is now complete; it contains 4,034 named bricks, people who at one time worked in the Cannock Chase Coalfield, as well as paving stones with the names of all collieries within the coalfield.