Artists needed to support Brightwells development

Published Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Local established artists are being invited to submit proposals to develop and create major new artwork for the Brightwells Yard regeneration development in Farnham.

To coincide with the implementation of the scheme, Waverley Borough Council set up a Public Art Panel to bring together community art and culture representatives with the site developer, Crest Nicholson, to work on a commission to put out to tender.

With input from the Farnham Public Art Trust, the University of Creative Arts, the Farnham Society and Farnham Maltings, the commission calls for proposals for a single or multiple pieces of work to be situated within the development, off East Street and freely accessible to the public.

Whether it’s a large single piece, smaller sculptures dotted across the site or integrated work, such as unique railings or benches, all proposals will be considered.

Gavin Stride, Director of Farnham Maltings and chairman of the Public Art Panel, said: “We are pleased to be contributing to conversations about how art and culture can play a part in ensuring that the new Brightwells Yard development feels particular and rooted in the town.

“Working with a group of community organisations, Waverley Borough Council and Crest Nicholson on shared ambitions has been revelatory and I think we are all excited to see how artists respond to the challenge of creating new art for the town.”

Councillor Julia Potts, Leader of Waverley Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for the Brightwells Yard scheme, said: “This is a great opportunity for artists to add something really special to the development, which is set to bring a new lease of life to an under-utilised part of the town. It would be great to see local artists getting involved to make this a real community attraction for the future.

“Brightwells Yard is going to bring a new energy and a range of benefits to the town, including new shops, restaurants, a cinema and homes. With many people already excited about the scheme, we want to make sure their visitor experience is topped off by creative art installations, in whatever form, that can be enjoyed by all.”

Tim Jones, Development Director at Crest Nicholson, said: “We are proud to be part of this opportunity giving artists the chance to create objects of art at Brightwells Yard. We look forward to continue working with the Public Art Panel to bring additional culture to this exciting new development."

Artists are encouraged to explore the following themes as part of the their proposal:

-     place making for Farnham

-     the history of the site and the town’s past

-     the status of Farnham as a craft town

-     the integration of Brightwells Yard with the rest of the town

-     the engagement of local people, promoting a sense of ownership and pride

-     creating a sense of identity for Brightwells Yard.

The deadline for submissions to the major commission is 25 March and the Panel will be shortlisting applicants on 9 April.

For more information about the commission and the scheme visit: www.waverley.gov.uk/brightwells

For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

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