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Dowd's Farm Park, Hedge End
In January 2009 Adrian Moakes
worked with the local community of Dowd's Farm Park to create a
public art vision for the park. Following a series
of public consultation events including exhibitions, meetings and
workshops, together with a comprehensive photographic study and
local history research, a wealth of ideas has arisen to creatively
enhance the park with a variety of public artworks.
A sculpture trail, a sculptural Jetty and a bespoke youth
shelter are just some of the fantastic ideas in Adrian
Moakes' Public Art Vision for Dowd's Farm
Dowd's Farm Sculpture Trail
Saturday 10 April 2010 saw the installation of the first 3
pieces of the sculpture trail to Dowd’s Farm Park. The 3
sculptures, Barleycorn, Carp Shoal and Axehead, created by Arian
Moakes, are inspired by the unique history and biodiversity of the
site. Adrian Moakes and a selection of keen staff from the
electronic store ‘Best Buy’ installed the artworks that were
inspired through work with the children at Wellstead school. The
final two sculptures, Hedges & Houses and Vessel were
unveiled by the Mayor on the 27 May 2010.
||Hedges & Houses
Coming this Autumn as the next stage of Dowd's
Farm public art programme is a habitat jetty designed by Handspring
designs . The team held wood carving workshops on the 7-8
August with local people to create sculptural elements for the
jetty that will be installed by the end of October this year.
The final stage of the Dowd's Farm park's current public art
scheme will be a Youth Shelter, designed by artist Ira Lightman and
the teenagers from the Box youth group in Hedge End.
Ira, a text-artist and performance poet who often appears on
Radio 3's The Verb, has been getting to know the young people who
use the area and asking them to rate existing youth shelters and
facilities in the area, and look at the latest designs, to make a
youth shelter suited to their needs. Ira and the group have worked
together to produce the shape and text-design they want, for the
very contemporary shelter, even inventing a new font!
Pirelli (Park 21), Eastleigh
‘Cod Steaks’ - the artists
that created sets for Aardman Animations' Wallace and Gromit films
- hosted 'Art in the Park', a day of fun activities for local
residents, at Pirelli Park 21 in Eastleigh on Thursday 29 July
to finalise ideas for a 6 metre tall archway that is planned
for the park!
The Cod Steaks team have
been appointed to design and deliver public art for
Pirelli Park 21 on Bright Wire Crescent that celebrates the history
of the site and creates an exciting new focal point for the
Several community events, including a summer
BBQ, school workshops and meetings with the Disability Forum, have
taken place to establish themes for the art. The 'Art in the Park'
event brought together material to help finalise the creative
Itchen Navigation Arts
Abigail Downer has been appointed
as the lead artist to run the Itchen Navigation Arts project
over the two year period 2009 and 2010. The arts project aims
to widen the audience to the Itchen Navigation and will involve
public events and working with local schools.
Three Land Draw and Dance Events
have now taken place at Southampton (Sept '09), Eastleigh
(May '10) and Winchester (Jul '10). At each
event hundreds of people helped create huge designs of salmon,
eels and dragonflies and students from local secondary schools
performed Itchen inspired dance through the land art.
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For more information
contact Joanne Calcutt
Tel: 023 8068 8822 or
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