A sculptor, glass artist, photographer and print artist have been shortlisted from more than 50 local applications to create permanent artworks for Cadbury's £30 million new office development in Bournville.
The major redevelopment of the original 1920s building into a state-of-the-art headquarters housing more than 500 employees has been designed by award-winning architects Stanton Williams, whose previous projects have included No 4 Brindleyplace, Birmingham's Gas Hall gallery, the Compton Verney art museum in Warwickshire and the redevelpment of the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.
Jo Naden from Stourbridge, Eryka Isaak from Kings Heath, Chris Keenan from Moseley and Matthew Robinson, who is from Leicestershire but works in Birmingham, beat off stiff competition from some of the region's best artists to create artworks which represent the past, present and future development of Bournville.
Cadbury spokesman Tony Bilsborough said: "Everyone involved in the selection process was impressed with the extremely high quality of the applications we received, and we are very excited by the shortlisted proposals.
"The artists we have chosen are an eclectic mix of working styles and artistic media, enabling us to produce some visually thrilling pieces that we can't wait to unveil.
"We will be involving staff at various stages of the process, making every effort to ensure we have four pieces of work that will not only stand the test of time, but truly represent Bournville and Cadbury in 2008."
The commission process has been supported by funding from Arts & Business's Reach programme, which invests in mutually beneficial partnerships between business, the arts and the public sector.