"The community projects have offered one of the most rewarding aspects of the public art programme. The sheer number of people who have had the opportunity to work with artists has been staggering - with all the work in schools, approaching 1,000 people young and old have been involved so far, working with a diverse range of visual and performance artists." Richard Briggs, MD, Persimmon Special Projects Western
Given the scale of Portishead Quays and the impact it will have upon the town, relating the public art programme back to the local community in an inclusive way has been a major priority.
On a thematic level, the rich history of Portishead has provided the inspiration behind many of the artworks, ensuring a relevance to the site that has immediately engaged both established and new residents. More directly, a number of projects have offered participative opportunities and importantly, on a strategic level, community members have been pivotal to the steering group.
"We've always wanted community involvement. Unashamedly the development is going to have a massive effect on what was once a relatively small Somerset town. The public art programme had to involve the community and relate to the site and history so that we're not just working within the boundaries of the site but linking with the existing town." Mark Hallett, Project Director, Crest Nicholson