Bounce Back Arts CIC is a new organisation, which uses arts, heritage and culture to promote community well-being and enhance public spaces. Bounce Back works creatively with the community to discover, celebrate and imagine local places and spaces across time. Building on this, Bounce Back works in partnership to bring about attractive improvements to our public spaces – in which local people feel a true connection.

Weymouth ‘Promenade Lighting Project’ – Design studio Tonkin Liu selected:

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This exciting project for the town and its community, sees the creation of an artist-designed lighting scheme – unique to Weymouth – along the sea front to provide a welcoming atmosphere for evening strollers, improve views towards Weymouth Bay and enhance the night-time image of the town and seafront. This project is part of an 18-partner, Dorset-wide, portfolio of projects being facilitated by Dorset Coast Forum with Coastal Communities Funding.

After three artist’s studios were shortlisted to develop concept designs for the lighting scheme the award-winning, architecture practice Tonkin Liu (pictured above), was subsequently chosen to progress their lighting design ideas for the promenade. These will be put on public exhibition in Spring 2018. The community will then be invited to view and feed back on Tonkin Liu’s ideas before they are worked up into detailed designs, to will be submitted as part of a planning application this summer. Following planning consent being secured, the scheme will be fabricated and installed with the project being completed in early Spring 2019.

The scheme’s design will reflect the thoughts and feelings of the local community and be delivered within necessary technical constraints . Using the most up-to-date lighting technology, Tonkin Liu will create a new, exciting, site specific and ‘magical’ scheme, which reflects the traditional heritage of the promenade and complements the existing lighting scheme, both by day and night.

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Community engagement events and an online survey took place in late summer and autumn last year and the feedback received from the local community was collated into a report, which formed the backbone of the artist’s brief. The brief was advertised nationally and includes technical information on the project’s design constraints. Artists studios which have a great track record of interpreting community aspirations and who possess specialist knowledge and expertise in lighting design were invited to apply for the opportunity.

Poole’s Townside Access Scheme – Helping to Shape the Place:

Bounce Back has been invited to work in partnership with the Borough of Poole’s multi-disciplinary design team to develop, publicise and project manage opportunities for experienced artists to undertake commissions in the public realm as part of this key highways development.

Through in-depth consultation – in Autumn 2017 – the local community led the way in identifying the strands of local heritage with which local people feel a strong connection and which, will be celebrated through the design and location of an exciting new public art scheme for the Townside site.

‘Place-Shaping’ is a priority of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership – funders of the £12.5 million scheme – which will see an ambitious 3 year scheme of visual enhancement and functional improvements to the road network and public realm spaces between Asda (Holes Bay), and Poole’s Old Lifting Bridge at the site’s other end.

Bounce Back is currently working with the Project Team to create artists’ briefs, which it is hoped will be advertised in early summer 2018. Watch this space for more information as things progress!

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Our Current Projects page provides more information on the Weymouth Promenade Lighting Project and the Townside Access project in Poole. To find out more about Bounce Back Arts please download our Business Plan.