Weymouth and Portland Council have appointed b-side – a local arts organisation based in Dorset – to help us deliver an exciting new art installation in Weymouth. The aim is to deliver a high-quality, creative enhancement in the town centre. The team at b-side have a wealth of experience of commissioning both permanent, and temporary, public realm work.
(image on this page The Boat Project – Public Art on Weymouth Harbourside during the 2012 Olympic Games)
In December 2017, Weymouth & Portland borough council’s management committee made the decision to allocate £123,000 [from the reserves set aside for one-off projects] towards a public arts installation. The Member Arts Advisory Panel will oversee the project and be consulted on designs and locations and offer advice on selection of the artist/s to carry out the work.
Stage one of this exciting project is all about understanding what the community wants. b-side are in the process of organising a series of public engagement events. The first will be on Wednesday 11 July. Join them for a walk around Weymouth, and a group discussion that will investigate how we encounter our streets. Through a range of led events, b-side will encourage participants to share their thoughts and ideas.
If you are interested in attending, please sign up here. Numbers are limited, but this event is very much seen as the pilot; to will help b-side and the council understand how we can glean the best insights and inform what a new public artwork might look like.
If you are interested in attending, please sign up here. Numbers are limited but this event is very much seen as the pilot; it will help b-side and the council understand how we can glean the best insights and inform future events.
We will also be launching a digital initiative so that those who cannot attend any of the events but would still like to contribute their views can do so.