Eastside Projects are interested in changing the way that art is commissioned for new property developments in the UK. It is common for councils to encourage developers to invest in artworks via the town and country planning system (S106). Art is often commissioned to adorn public spaces, however we think that art should be useful and that artists can be innovative urban planners as well. Our proposition is to initiate a working method that involves artists at a much earlier stage of a development, so that they can be part of the design and planning processes.
Appointed by Cherwell District Council, Eastside Projects are the commissioning agents responsible for curating a series of public projects for Longford Park, a new 1,000 home development in Banbury by Barratt Homes, Bovis Homes and Taylor Wimpey. Developed through research and through consultation , the Park Life family of useful public artworks which will be permanently installed across the country park and housing development include: Social Sculpture by Heather and Ivan Morison; a model village in the form of birdhouses by Richard Woods; a heated outdoor cast-iron sculpture by Nicolas Deshayes; and a participatory budgeting process by Rosalie Schweiker. You can find artists original proposals in the resources section below. The projects are currently in the production phase and are due to be completed during 2021.