Melbourn Parish Council worked with the local Arts Development Manager on a year long public art project in Stockbridge Meadows, a new nature reserve in Melbourn.
The Arts Development Manager helped them put together an artist’s brief and they held a public presentation of the short listed artists so that members of the local community could have their say in the appointment of the lead artist.
Visual artist Jo Chapman was appointed to run a year of activities in the meadows with invited artists from other disciplines. Over the residency period Jo worked with a number of artists delivering free public workshops including stick lizards with Liz McGowan, a treasure hunt with Mark Haywood and a sound installation and winter lantern parade with sound specialist Holly Rumble. Poet Clare Crossman hosted seasonal drop in renga poetry workshops, which led to a final publication of poems and images based on the year.
Jo also created a welcome wall with visiting families and Orchard Manor students with complex disabilities; crazy clay fruit to hang on the trees with families; the ARTIVAN, a converted caravan space to as a space to meet and make and three permanent art works, which can now be seen around the meadow using lines from the renga poems.
Funding came from a section 106 planning agreement from a development by Camstead Homes.
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