Stotfold community building, engagement programme.
Collaboration with Tom Pearman
Central Bedfordshire Council commissioned Tom Pearman to undertake a public art commission for a new council community hall and council offices in Stotfold, Bedfordshire. Pearman designed and managed a vitreous enamel cladding and glazing vinyl system spanning 3 elevations. The artwork is a continuous design that overlaps 60 meters of the exterior walled area and the glazing.
Using Typewriter art as an inspiration to include text into the artworks, it enabled a variety of narratives to be introduced as part of a collaborative programme involving six local community groups, schools and members of the public. The graphic imagery of steam and clouds relates to Stotfold’s agricultural heritage, and at the same time presents a transient depiction of local memories and stories once told.
I collaborated with Tom to create an engagement programme for Stotfold community groups and residents to generate ideas, contribute stories and make typewriter art to be incorporated in this massive artwork. I managed this aspect of the project, finding the groups and running workshops with The Stotfold Bowling Club, Knit and Natter, The Salvation Army and individuals in the community.