Prestigious artist shortlist revealed for new public artwork

Winchester City Council and Havant Borough Council have announced a shortlist of internationally-renowned artists for the first phase of a major public art programme within the West of Waterlooville development.

Funded by planning contributions from developer Grainger PLC, the programme aims to create a distinctive identity for the new housing now being constructed on the Berewood site.

The first phase includes both the ‘Gateway’ to the development from Grainger Street and the planned Town Park. Place-making and public art agency Futurecity has been appointed to curate and manage the project in consultation with a local Arts Advisory Panel.

The artists that have been invited to submit proposals are:
Marcus Coates
Heather and Ivan Morison
Lone Twin
Wayward Plants

They will make comprehensive submissions over the summer, and will then present their ideas to the Arts Advisory Panel in September when the preferred proposal will be chosen for delivery.

The selected artist will then develop their commission, working closely with local residents, arts and heritage organisations and amenity groups, with a view to completing installation by the end of 2016.

In developing their ideas, the shortlisted artists have been asked to explore themes specific to the area such as the ancient woodland, local history and agriculture.