CONTENTS

  1. How does Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Arts Development team engage with Public Art?
  2. Public Art Policy & Strategy
  3. Public Art in Bath and North East Somerset - current and recent projects

    - Keynsham Town Centre Re-development
    - Cotswold Way
    - Walcot Street Artworks
    - London Road, Bath 

  4. Public Art Catalogue
    This link takes you to the catalogue of Public Art in the Bath and North East Somerset area.

 


 

1.  How does Bath and North East Somerset Council's Arts Development team engage with public art?

The term ‘public art’ means art commissioned for public spaces, either outdoors or in public buildings.  Public art pieces can be in a variety of media and can include temporary work.

Commissioning of public art is most often undertaken by commercial developers building in the local authority area.  Commissioning usually results from an agreement, whereby the Council gives permission for development to take place on condition that certain community benefits are provided by the developer.  The provision of works or schemes of public art is one such benefit that may be agreed with a developer.

Sometimes public art commissioning takes place as a result of smaller development or improvement schemes undertaken by the Council itself (as was the case with the Walcot Street scheme – see below), or by other organisations working in partnership with the Council. Such schemes may arise from identification of a site that would benefit from improvements, or the desire to mark or commemorate something.
 
The Arts Development team does not independently initiate or commission public art works or schemes.  Its role is to provide expert advice to the developer or other partner on behalf of the Council.  In most cases, the Senior Arts Development Officer works alongside the Regeneration and Development departments in order to ensure that the proposed works or scheme are consistent with Arts Development, Public Realm, and Planning aims and objectives.

Advice provided by Arts Development includes:

realistic budgeting;
project management options;
commissioning options;
good practice for public consultation

In cases where a developer appoints a specialist public art agency or project manager, Arts Development provides information and support to the agency or project manager to enable them to liaise effectively with different Council departments.

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2.  Public Art Policy & Strategy

Currently under review.

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3. Public Art in Bath and North East Somerset - current and recent projects

Keynsham Town Centre Re-development
Commissions in Keynsham town centre

Developer: Bath & North East Somerset Council
Artists: Sebastien Boyesen and David Mackie
Project Management: Diana Hatton Associates

Scheme details
Public art commissions to enhance the public realm, as part of the re-development of Keynsham town centre. Sebastien Boyesen’s commission for a new Clocktower was completed and installed in autumn 2015.  David Mackie’s commission is for a series of Timeline panels on the front of the planters either side of Bath Hill Steps, which will tell the story of Keynsham’s history (to be completed in 2016).

To learn more about the Keynsham re-development scheme visit the Keynsham Regeneration web page.

To learn more about the public art projects visit the Keynsham Town Centre Public Art Programme Facebook page

 

Cotswold Way
Way marker to denote the start/end of the Cotswold Way by Bath Abbey

Developer:  Cotswold Way National Trail Team with Bath & North East Somerset Council and Bath Abbey
Artist:  Iain Cotton
Project management:  Diana Hatton

Scheme details
The Cotswold Way National Trail Team commissioned a marker to announce the start/end of the Cotswold Way long distance footpath by Bath Abbey.  The circular piece is in the paving in Abbey Churchyard a few metres from the west door of the Abbey, and includes landmarks and place names from the 100 mile length of the Cotswold Way.  It was installed in October 2012.

To learn more about the Cotswold Way visit the National Trail website.

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Walcot Street Artworks
Public realm improvement scheme

Developer:  Bath & North East Somerset Council
Artists:  various
Project management:  Arts Development team

Scheme details
Planned scheme of improvement to public realm in Walcot Street, Bath, with the intended benefit of encouraging pedestrian footfall up Walcot Street from the city centre shopping area. The Council wishes to promote the distinctive identity of Walcot Street as a destination shopping street, so that the many independent retailers and traders in the street benefit from visitor and tourist activity. The scheme was first initiated in 1997 and has benefited from substantial Lottery funding and corporate donations.

A leaflet about the Walcot Street Artworks can be downloaded from the Documents column on the right-hand side of this page.  The leaflet is also available from the Tourist Information Centre, Kingston Parade, Bath and from selected shops in Walcot Street.

Works within the scheme

Restoration and conservation of Ladymead Fountain and horse trough
Cycle racks
Bollards
Beehive Yard gates
Old Orchard archway
Offspring by William Pye
Floating Globe by William Pye

To learn more about Walcot Street, visit the Walcot Street website

 
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London Road, Bath – improvement and regeneration
Commission in London Road, Bath 

Developer: Bath & North East Somerset Council
Artist: Jane Callan, with Alan Summers & Karen Hoy (With Words)
Project Management: Bath & North East Somerset Council

Scheme details
Public art commissions to enhance the public realm, as part of improvement works to the London Road area between Cleveland Place and Morrisons supermarket.  Jane Callan has designed decorative panels for tree-planters either side of the road.  The images and words on the panels came from conversations with residents led by With Words, about memories and stories of the local area.

To learn more about the project visit Jane Callan’s project website

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