Bounce Back Arts CIC is a new organisation – based in Dorset – 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’

This is an exciting project for the town and its community, which will see 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. The scheme’s design will need to be delivered within certain technical constraints and will be based upon the thoughts and feelings of the local community. Using the most up-to-date lighting technology, the artist or designer selected for this opportunity will need to 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.

Prom pic

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 forms 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. The artist’s brief for this opportunity can be found here. The submission deadline date was 9 a.m. on 22nd January 2018.

Three artist’s studios have been shortlisted to develop concept designs for the lighting scheme and one will be subsequently chosen to design working models of their lighting ideas for the promenade. These will be put on public exhibition in Spring 2018. The community will then be invited to feed back on the selected studios options in the exhibition and the best design will be selected for working up into detailed designs, which 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’s completion due to take place in early Spring 2019.

Our Current Projects page provides some more information on the promenade lighting project and what we’re involved in at the moment. To find out more about Bounce Back Arts please download our Business Plan.