Monthly Archives: September 2011

Five a Day!

Five a Day!

An arts project for five Accrington primary schools; funded by Tesco Accrington, managed by Mid Pennine Arts.

 

Venue: St. John with St. Augustine Primary School, Arago Street, Accrington, BB5 6AD

From 10am until 3 pm until Friday 23 September 2011.

(Please call 01254 392717 if you intend to visit or e-mail: mrs.humphreys@st-john-augustine.lancs.sch.uk)

Open evening: Monday 19 September from 4pm to 7 pm.

Two northwest artists were commissioned to work with one class in each school on the theme of healthy foods: ‘five a day’! During their time with the artists, children discussed where their food comes from and explored working with different materials before producing their pieces for exhibition.

This exhibition is a celebration of the work produced by all the Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 children from the five Accrington schools who took part in the programme.

 

The Schools

–      St. John with St. Augustine C of E Primary, Accrington.

–       HyndburnPark Primary, Accrington.

–       Springhill Primary, Accrington.

–       Benjamin Hargreaves C of E Primary, Accrington.

–       Baxenden C of E Primary, Accrington

 

The Artists 

–       Angie Baptie: textile designs.

–       Chris Rainham: acrylic art work.

Avenue Parade artist commission

Artist / Designer Brief

Sculptural Gateway Commission

Avenue Parade Entrance, Peel Park, Accrington

 

Introduction

Mid Pennine Arts brings art, people and places together to transform perceptions and change lives. We are a creative organisation who, since 1966, has developed a range of high quality arts projects acrossLancashire.

 

Project Background

Peel Park and the Coppice is a large parcel of public open space quite close to Accrington town centre. Much of Peel Park and particularly the Coppice at the top of the park have a spectacular, natural beauty. There is a great love for the area locally and it is used for walking, basket ball, children’s play, bowling, picnicing, allotment holders, a cut through, bird watching and meeting friends but poor access points and unattractive entrances create and reinforce a feeling of dereliction.

Over the past few years Lancashire County Council have funded the Peel Park and Coppice Master Plan, the plan suggests a series of improvements to the area.

Phase I improvements to the main access path and steps up to the refurbished Peel Monument were completed last year.

Hyndburn Borough Council and Lancashire County Council are moving forward with the refurbishment of Avenue Parade Entrance as the next stage. The improvement programme will take place during 2011.

At present the entrance has stained and graffitied stone pillars, unsightly railings and barbed wire, uneven surfaces and untidy bollards.

The Sculptural Gateway Commission aims to link with the recent improvements to create an exciting entrance and raise the profile of future developments within the park.

A new, more inviting space will create an entrance that the community can take pride in and respect, encouraging more residents to use the park and take ownership of this important facility.

 

Proposal

Mid Pennine Arts would like to commission an artist/designer to create a sculptural entrance feature for Avenue Parade Entrance,Peel Park. The entrance commands an imposing position within the town and the commission will highlight this position to create impact both visually and emotionally for the community.

The new entrance will represent a new life for the park, encouraging exploration and involvement.

There will be flexibility within what the commission can encompass as part of the overall entrance programme, therefore the commission budget is also reasonably flexible.  To accommodate this, 3 designs will shortlisted. A small payment will be made to allow the designs to be developed for public presentation.

Additional improvement works that could be included in a proposal as part of an overall treatment for the site; 

The existing boundary to the side of the entrance is due to be widened and landscaped. New hard surfacing, fencing, gates, bollards and planting could form part of any new entrance feature.

Site maps and the practical needs and constraints of this project are available here:

Supporting Information Avenue Parade Entrance

1.Master Plan showing Peel Park and area.

2.Showing existing plan and new park&allotment boundary line

3.Showing potential extent of entrance site. Up to adopted highway boundary only

1.View - extended vista down through the park and into Accrington

1.View - extended vista down through the park and into Accrington

2.View- Allotment boundary to be moved outwards incorporating trees into the park

2.View- Allotment boundary to be moved outwards incorporating trees into the park

3. Left stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

3. Left stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

4.Electric housing needs to be considered. Behind left pillar

4.Electric housing needs to be considered. Behind left pillar

5.Right stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

5.Right stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

6.Gas housing needs to be considered.Behind right pillar

6.Gas housing needs to be considered.Behind right pillar

7.external bounary fence and gated access to allotments

7.external bounary fence and gated access to allotments

The 3 selected proposals are likely to show:

  1. An exciting design solution that creates impact for the site
  2. A practical and sympathetic solution that will work with or help create a new pedestrian and non vehicular access to the park
  3. The ability to present the design publicly

 

The designs will need to:

  1. Show  thought given to the practicalities and constraints of the site
  2. Be relatively maintenance free

 

The 3 selected artist/designers will need to have experience of 

(or show resources to accommodate):

  1.  Working with local Councils and partners
  2.  Working with schools and community groups
  3.  Working with Landscape Architects and Planners
  4.  Working to a budget
  5.  Working to deadlines
  6.  Working within the realms of large scale public art/design

 

Once selected the 3 selected artist/designers will be expected to:

  1. Develop their proposals through research and consultation with the steering group, landscape architects and the commissioners
  2. Develop the design through research and consultation with the landscape architects andHyndburnBCPlanning
  3. Be CRB checked
  4. Liaise with Mid Pennine Arts and the Steering Group
  5. Outline construction methods and materials, including cost estimates and design fees

 

If further information or a site visit is required before sending an application please refer to the ‘site maps and practical needs and constraints’ above or contact:

Helen Yates, Mid Pennine Arts (Details below)

 

Budget

Please note that after the initial short listing, we anticipate that a maximum of 3 short listed artists will be paid a fee of £200 to further work up the proposal ideas for final submission.

An estimated commission budget of £29,000 is available to cover: artist/design fees, materials and installation and all other commission costs.

 

Deadline for applications:  Tueday 27th September 2011

 

Initial Shortlisting Date: 28th September 2011

 

The three selected candidates will need to re submit their developed proposals by 10th October 2011

 

Timescale: The Commission will need to be completed before the end of December 2011 (subject to planning permission)

All applications will be acknowledged.

 

To apply please post:

  1. A letter expressing interest with contact details and availability.
  2. A project proposal, including basic budget.
  3. An up to date C.V.
  4. Up to 10 images of artist/designer’s previous work.

      (If the images need to be returned please included a stamped addressed envelope)

 

Please post applications to:

Helen Yates

Community and Projects Officer

Mid Pennine Arts

1 Neptune St

Weavers’ Triangle

Burnley

BB11 1SF

 

Tel.  01282 421986 ex 208   

(helen@midpenninearts.org.uk)              

 www.midpenninearts.org.uk   

 

The above Commission is funded by Hyndburn Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and Arts Council England

Preston to Bamber Bridge Gateways Commission

Artist Brief 

Preston to Bamber Bridge Gateways Commission

Introduction

Mid Pennine Arts brings art, people and places together to transform perceptions and change lives. We are a creative organisation who, since 1966, has developed a range of high quality arts projects across Lancashire.

 

Project Background

The Preston to Bamber Bridge Greenway* has recently been completed by REMADE and is now managed by Lancashire County Council. It occupies a green corridor which was formally theYorkshire and Lancashire (and Penwortham Spur) Railway line. Constructed in 1848 and dismantled in the 1960’s, the line used embankments to minimise gradients and keep the railway well above the River Ribble flood plain.

The route forms a triangle leading to Preston Railway Station, city centre in the north, Penwortham Mills, Factory Lanein the south and a spur which extends westwards to Leyland Road, Penwortham. The main gateway into the city centre does not form part of this commission, this gateway is likely to be considered at a later stage.

The overall length of the Greenway is approximately 2.7km, and the site occupies an area of 13 hectares, it’s raised wooded corridor straddling the boundary betweenPrestonandSouth Ribble.  South of the River Ribble the embankment has been naturally regenerated and it is managed as a Local Nature Reserve by Lancashire County Council Countryside Services and crosses open farmland and playing fields. Further North the route bisects Avenham and Miller Parks, which have recently been renovated. The route now forms part of the National Cycle Network and at certain points the route provides good views out of the site where the full extent of Preston City Centre can be observed.

* A greenway is a route designed to provide a safe route for cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians with no other vehicular access, linking communities and destination.

 

The Two Entrance Sites

Bamber Bridge Entrance (bottom right entrance on map – see supporting information below)

The southern entrance to the greenway is at Penwortham Mills,Factory Lane. This entrance has a large existing kissing gate and it is likely that this will stay. This entrance structure is positioned in a dip between embankments, in what is part of the green route area. The suggestion is that a new sculptural feature should be placed further up the incline away from the kissing gate. Placed in this site, a new sculptural feature would command a better position to be viewed and to view from.

Penwortham Spur Entrance (middle left entrance on map – see supporting information below)

The western entrance to the greenway is at Leyland Road, Penwortham. This entrance has a small, not highly visible access from Leyland Road, a busy road in Penwortham. A kissing gate at present provides an entrance but this could be removed or incorporated in a new gateway feature as long as the design allows accessibility to horse riders, cyclists and motorised scooters whilst restricting other vehicular access to the site. The entrance from this end does need to be made more visible and welcoming.

 

Proposal

Mid Pennine Arts would like to commission an artist/s to work on a gateway project which would involve the creation of two sculptural pieces for the Bamber Bridge entrance and the Penwortham Spur entrance to the Preston to Bamber Bridge Greenway.

Mid Pennine Arts are asking for the submission of project proposals that will allow the steering group to see what could potentially be achieved on the two sites.

Supporting information for this project is available here Preston to Bamber Bridge Updated Site Boundary 14 June 06 This map shows the location of the Greenway site. The Gateway Commission sites will involve the entrance at the bottom right (Bamber Bridge) and the middle left (Penwortham) of the map.

Bamber Bridge  entrance showing incline to the proposed sculptural gateway site

Bamber Bridge entrance showing incline to the proposed sculptural gateway site

 

Proposed site for the sculptural Gateway at Penwortham from the road.

Proposed site for the sculptural Gateway at Penwortham from the road.

Proposed site for sculptural Gateway at Penwortham entrance

Proposed site for sculptural Gateway at Penwortham entrance

From proposed sculptural gateway site showing long linear stretch through trees towards City centre

From proposed sculptural gateway site showing long linear stretch through trees towards City centre

From proposed sculptural Gateway site showing incline down to  Bamber Bridge entrance

From proposed sculptural Gateway site showing incline down to Bamber Bridge entrance

 

Showing route  down to the Penwortham entrance at the end of the trees.

Showing route down to the Penwortham entrance at the end of the trees.

 

The proposal will show:

  1. How 2 local schools (possibly one primary and one secondary) will be engaged through the delivery of the project
  2.  How the project will respond to the two sites

The design proposal will need to:

  1. Reflect the site and provide an interesting and welcoming entrance for users
  2. Engage the schools through the delivery of a creative workshop programme
  3. Show how the design will be developed further

The commissioned artist/s will be expected to:

  1. Liaise with Mid Pennine Arts and the Steering Group
  2. Produce a project scheme which will outline workshops, a budget covering; workshop and design fees, materials, fabrication, installation, transport costs and maintenance costs
  3. Lead a series of 4 creative workshops in each school
  4. Develop the submitted design proposal and deliver two sculptural gateway pieces
  5. Ensure the designs are relatively maintenance free
  6. Work closely with Lancashire County Council
  7. Be CRB checked
  8. Have full Public Liability cover

 

The commissioned artist/s will need to have experience of (or show resources to accommodate):

  1. Working with schools
  2. Working creatively
  3. Working to a budget
  4. Working to deadlines
  5. Working with partners
  6. Working with Local Authorities

 

Workshops – Creative Programme 

  1. It is recommended that 8 workshop sessions are delivered by, or in collaboration with, an experienced artist.
  2. All workshop leaders need to be CRB checked

 

If further information or a site visit is required before sending an application please refer to the supporting information above or contact:

Helen c Yates, Mid Pennine Arts (Details below)

Budget

A budget of £10,000 is available to cover; workshops, design fees, materials, fabrication and installation of two sculptural gateway features. (some installation costs could be covered within the wider site maintenance costs)

A contingency amount is recommended.

 

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 28th September 2011

Selection: Monday 3rd October 2011:

 

Timescale: Commencement of project 17th October 2011, delivery and installation before 9th December 2011

 

All applications will be acknowledged.

 

To apply please post:

  1. A letter expressing interest, specifying relevant experience, contact details and availability.
  2. A brief outline proposal for the project.
  3. An up to date C.V.
  4. Up to 15 images of relevant previous work.

(If the images need to be returned please included a stamped addressed envelope)

Please post applications to:

Helen c Yates

Community andProjectsOfficer

Mid Pennine Arts

1,Neptune St

Weavers Triangle

Burnley

BB11 1SF

Tel.  01282 421986 ex 208

Helen@midpenninearts.org.uk

www.midpenninearts.org.uk

The above commission is funded by Arts Council England and Lancashire County Council.

The end of Not Forgotten…

NEWS RELEASE: 01.09.11

Not Forgotten will be long remembered

Towneley’s iconic contemporary art installation to end in September

MID Pennine Arts, the driving force for the arts in Pennine Lancashire, has this week urged people to take a last opportunity to visit the Not Forgotten installation at Burnley’s Towneley Hall.

Not Forgotten was the first installation in Mid Pennine Arts’ Contemporary Heritage programme and comes to a close after a year. The installation featured the work of internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Geraldine Pilgrim.

The installation featuring a four-poster bed with a tree growing through it has been very positively received by the thousands of visitors to Towneley Hall and park, having been launched during last year’s Heritage Open Days.

The installation was inspired by a family portrait painted in 1601 of John and Mary Towneley and their fourteen children, which depicts the family as though all the children had survived to adulthood. Geraldine Pilgrim was very moved by the portrait and her response was the Not Forgotten installation which she described as a 3D family tree.

The end of Not Forgotten’s run coincides with this year’s Heritage Open Days, so Mid Pennine Arts are urging people to take a last chance to see the Not Forgotten installation, whilst enjoying free access to Towneley Hall.

Nick Hunt, Mid Pennine Arts’ Creative Director, said: “Not Forgotten has enjoyed a great run – it is a beautiful installation and it rapidly became established as a focal point for visitors to Towneley Hall and Park. Its launch coincided with Heritage Open Days – the celebration of England’s fantastic architecture and culture that offers free access to properties that normally charge for admission.”

“It’s sad that Not Forgotten will be coming to an end, but it’s been a great success and widely acclaimed – and let’s not forget, the Contemporary Heritage programme continues! Taken by Ailis Ni Riain is the latest installation in the programme at Clitheroe Castle Museum. It’s a sound installation that uses music to animate the Castle Keep. The composition is inspired by the story of the Lancashire Witches and the 400thanniversary of the Witch trials in 2012.”

“My suggestion is that you should get the most out of Heritage Open Days between 8-11 September, by seeing the end of Not Forgotten at Towneley Hall and also experiencing Taken at Clitheroe Castle – as you’ll also get free entry to two of Pennine Lancashire’s superb heritage venues.”

—ENDS—

Notes to Editors

If you require further information, images or would like to interview Nick Hunt from Mid Pennine Arts – please call Jacqueline Jordan from Brandspankin’ on 01282 878 301 or email jacqueline@brandspankin.co.uk

About Mid Pennine Arts

We are a driving force for the arts, recognised nationally and internationally for devising and delivering integrated programmes that inspire, surprise and delight.  We work in some of the most deprived communities in the UK yet have a longstanding track record of powerful, high quality work, demonstrating profound social and economic impacts.  Our portfolio includes prize-winning public art for breathtaking landscape settings.  Commissions of bold, contemporary work combine dynamically with exemplary programmes of creative learning and creative community engagement. Strong relationships with extensive networks of local partners have been consolidated over decades.

Our mission: we bring art, people and places together to transform perceptions and change lives.

Mid Pennine Arts Charity registration number 250642

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