Date: Phase One: Spring 2018-Spring 2019
Location: Conningbrook Lakes, Ashford, Kent
Funded By: Chartway Group, Ashford Borough Council, Latimer, Conningbrook Lakes, Westerhill Homes and Francis Knight
At the beginning of 2018 Outdoor Studios were commissioned by Chartway Group Ltd (CGL), Latimer Developments Ltd and Ashford Borough Council (ABC) to run a temporary public engagement programme that will support the three permanent public art installations planned for Conningbrook Lakes housing and Country park development. Julia Clarke and Tim Norris are currently working on the three planned art installations for Conningbrook Lakes and the Country Park.
Outdoor Studios artist Amanda Thesiger worked with year 4 students from Phoenix Primary School in November 2018. The children learnt about the first phase of the art installations and looked at the plans by artist Julia Clarke. In response to this and their findings from the areas surrounding the lakes the group created a 15m panoramic drawing using mixed media.
This education/public engagement programme supports the permanent artworks and provides engagement activity particularly in the quiet moments of the commission programme. It centres on collaboration with the three commissioned artists, local schools and community groups and interaction in its widest sense with the landscape, people and wildlife. The outdoor workshops will encourage participants to interact with their environment and create artwork in response to their surroundings.