Conningbrook Lakes – Kennington Beavers Dragonfly Construction workshop

Date: Phase 2 Summer 2022

Location: Conningbrook Lakes, Ashford, Kent

Funded By: Chartway Group, Ashford Borough Council, Latimer, Conningbrook Lakes, Westerhill Homes and Francis Knight

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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 supporting the three permanent public art installations planned for Conningbrook Lakes housing and Country park development. We are delighted to have picked up the programme again, post pandemic, to accompany the installation of Tim Norris’ bird hide sculpture being installed by the Eco Lake.

In this second phase of community engagement, Outdoor artists are excited to be working with a range of local community groups, starting with Kennington Beavers who enjoyed designing and creating dragonfly sculptures using hornbeam, ash branches and wire, led by Martin Brockman in the new pavilion and around lakes shores on June 18th.

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.

With thanks to Chartway Group, Ashford Borough Council, Latimer, Conningbrook Lakes, Westerhill Homes and Francis Knight.