Public Art Plan
Public Art is art in any media that ‘has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all’.
Persimmon Homes allocated £52,000 to North Dorset District Council (NDDC) for the provision of Public Art (only) at the Badbury Heights housing development. The agreement states that NDDC should produce a Public Art Plan in consultation with the Town Council. However, the Town Council has offered to lead on this project due to timescales with the funding, which is due to expire at the end of 2019 and could then be taken back by the developer. Another factor is the forthcoming change as NDDC will become part of the new Dorset Council in April.
The Town Council has therefore created a Public Art Plan for Badbury Heights and a working group has been formed (of Councillors, Blandford Arts Society and the Art department from The Blandford School) to progress the project and start a public consultation with residents. The Town Council does not yet own all the land at Badbury Heights, where three play areas are still awaiting installation (shown on the map below as NEAP, LEAP and LAP1) once the developer transfers the land. We are therefore starting Stage 1 of a public consultation. Stage 2 will start once the feedback has been received from this consultation enabling residents to choose what they would like to see in their surrounding area.
Working Group Meeting Minutes: