The design has now been selected
Sarah Ovens(Artist L) has been selected to provide artwork for the refurbished subway. You can see Sarah’s and all the other shortlisted schemes as they were displayed in similar format for public consultation, together now with the names of each shortlisted artist Subway Art designs. You can see all the original submissions and names of the artists below.
We are extremely grateful to all of the artists. There were more entries than we dared hope, showing imaginative, original ideas around our set theme. Selection was extremely difficult and it’s a pity that only one could finally be chosen. Many thanks also to everyone who looked at the displays and took the time to let us know their preferences we had over 450 replies.
Before embarking on this exercise we understood that we had secured £20,000 funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy, endorsed by Bath City Forum and supported by Council officials. All of us were more than disappointed when subsequent, wholly unexpected, legal advice precluded this use of that fund. We are, however, all the more determined to press on seeking alternative funding.
Widcombe Association & Bear Flat Residents’ Association invited local artists to submit ideas based on Where the City Meets the Countryside. From 26 submitted 7 were shortlisted for wider public consultation based on:
- compliance with the theme,
- attractiveness for regular subway users,
- relevance for up to 20 years.
We also took account of practicalities of enlarging to fill a wall. Our assessment committee included 2 individuals with artistic expertise (though no connection with the submitted schemes). The artists remained anonymous during the shortlisting and public consultation, identified only by letters of the alphabet.
Public consultation displays were held at various local venues, on-line and at the subway. We invited participants to list 1st, 2ndand 3rdchoices if they wished, and also to add comments. In all, 454 people responded.
Using 3 for a 1st, 2 for a 2ndand 1 for a 3rd, Artist L (Sarah Ovens) scored 547, with the next 2 on 480 and 458 respectively.
Having carefully analysed the returns, taking account of comments as well as preferences, we are delighted that Sarah Ovens has now accepted the commission.
Full list of artists that submitted designs (pictures of the submitted art to follow – check back here).
[Shortlisted artists marked with *]
Artist A- Emma Taylor
Artist B- Carol Symon
Artist C- K.T.Black
*Artist D- Laura Pearce-Jones
Artist E- Jeremy Smith
Artist F- Carol Harwood
Artist G-John Smisson
*Artist H-Dr Matt Terrett
Artist I-Anya Miles +Ralph Allen Students
Artist J- Gearoid Simms
*Artist K-Charlie Shepphard-
*Artist L- Sarah Ovens
Artist M- Fenella Clarke
Artist N- Jo Lethwaite
Artist O- Jason Dorley-Brown
Artist P- Marlis Garner
*Artist Q- Katy Spencer
Artist R- Rachel Orme
Artist S- Elsa Frere
Artist T- Alicia Dodgson
Artist U- Elka Derby
Artist V- Al Libby
Artist W- Jess Palmer
*Artist X- Charlie Arnold
*Artist Y- Sue Porter
Now closed : we need everyones feedback
The shortlisted designs are now available and we are seeking your feedback. They will be on public display as follows:
|Widcombe Art Trail||22/06/19 to 23/06/19|
|Good Bear||24/06/19 to 01/07/19|
|Widcombe Deli||24/06/19 to 01/07/19|
|Subway||03/07/19 all day|
|Alexandra Park Party||07/07/19|
Or you can view them online at Subway Art designs Your feedback is important – please fill in a form when you visit the displays or download an online form from the on line display.
Calling allArtists!Our Subway needs you!
Thank you to the 25 artists who submitted their design ideas to us for consideration. The entries were of a high standard so picking the short list has not been easy. However, seven shortlisted designs have been chosen and will be shared with residents and subway users from 20 June to 8 July. Please check here to find the details on where you can see the designs and how you can share your views with us.
Unfortunately funding may be an issue. The grant we were provisionally awarded has now been withdrawn so we need to reapply for funding and we are working with officers from Bath & North East Somerset Council to progress. We may need help from local residents to help transform this space based on the fabulous ideas that have been submitted.
Our call for designs is set out below. As we are asked questions we will update the FAQ section at the bottom of the page.
Old subway Reopened on 15 March 2019
The subway near the bus station, linking Bath city with Widcombe and Bear Flat, is finally being refurbished. It will have better lighting, smooth pale rendered walls, red flooring, CCTV and better mirrors. We need YOUto come up with an exciting art design to run along the entire length of one wall and brighten up the subway for everyone who walks through it.
You are invited to submit an art design on the following theme:
“where the City meets the Countryside”
The final design will be reproduced at a size of around 15m x 1.5m onto durable, vandal proof enamelled metal or ceramic panels.
The design must be suitable in content for display for a period of 30 years or more.
The design must be your own original work with any images used free from copyright restrictions.
At this stage you should submit your design ideas, including coloured sketches/images.
Please submit your initial design by email to firstname.lastname@example.org 30 April 2019
Any questions can be submitted to the same email address – we will aim to respond to all Q and A on WA Website http://www.widcombeassociation.org.uk
We plan to shortlist either a single design or a combination of design ideas and may need to invite artists to explain their work further before making any selection/s.
This is a community project for which funding is still subject to final sign off. We expect that there should be sufficient to cover installation costs and hope also to be able to award the artist(s) something around £1000, to complete the “installation ready” artwork. In any event, we hope that a large accredited artwork displayed in this public location may be an enticing reward.
We hope you feel interested and able to submit your outline design.
Many thanks – The Subway Group