Orchard Park

2005-2008

Shared Vision - Making the Visible Invisible

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

 

In 2005 Patricia was appointed as lead artist at the early stage of an infrastructure development process. This was seen as an important factor in the development of ‘an attractive, vibrant, and contemporary new neighbourhood’ and her role was also to find imaginative ways of involving other artists in this process.

 

‘Making Visible the Invisible’ – the Public Art Strategy for Arbury Park refers to the exploration of hidden layers in and around the site – creating aesthetic coherence and fostering a sense of integration relevance and continuity throughout the development.

 

As they go about their working and leisure lives it is intended that the new residents at Arbury Park will be engaged by visual stimuli and inspired to discover more about the history and culture of the local environment. In addition it is hoped that the public art commission will help to forge character and uniqueness in which the inhabitants of the area in time will come to identify.

 

Patricia’s work falls into two main categories:

 

Temporary Projects which aim to engage local people in the development of the site, its history and context. These took place at an early stage in the development and announced its process.

 

Permanent Projects which are part of the project’s capital development and include proposals for the community centre, landscape infrastructure and playgrounds. These are a range of permanent interventions which will contribute to the social and economic development of the site.

 

In addition, a publication is proposed which will record the process and act as a guide to secondary developers working on site with other artists with the intention of creating a unified approach across the site.

 

The consultation with local groups and communities was seen as an essential part of Patricia’s role as lead artist. Prior to the development of any of my proposals, she met with many people already in the area to talk about Arbury Park, its history and its relationship to them. She spoke to local councillors, members of Chivers (farmers and original producers of Chivers Jam) retired workforce, the current owner and to people who worked at Unwins (seed and bulb suppliers) and liaison officers working with Travellers living on the edge of the new development. She also followed up their histories as well as spending time studying the museum archives.