Bounce Back Arts CIC is an 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.

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

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‘Place-Shaping’ is a priority of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership – funders of this £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. This is known as the Townside Access scheme.

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

Bounce Back has been working in partnership with the Borough of Poole’s (BoP) Transportation Services Team, to develop, publicise and project manage two artists’ opportunities to undertake these commissions in the public realm as part of this key highways development.

Both commissions will see the appointed artists working closely with each other, and with the community during the concept design stages to develop their site-specific and detailed designs. Following approval by the Borough’s Planning Team (where needed), the designs will be transformed into a series of artworks for installation across the site late next year.

The first of the commissions is to create two ‘Gateway’ artworks at Barbers Piles and Hunger Hill and the second, to create ‘way-finding and street furniture’ interventions across the Townside site. Following a robust BoP recruitment process, two artists’ studios have recently been selected to undertake the commissions – watch this space for more information.

Weymouth ‘Promenade Lighting Project’   Designs with WPBC Planning:

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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 were put on public exhibition in Spring 2018. The community were invited to view and feed back on Tonkin Liu’s ideas before they were worked up into detailed designs, which have been submitted as part of a planning application. 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 reflects the thoughts and feelings of the local community and will be delivered within necessary technical constraints . Using the most up-to-date lighting technology, Tonkin Liu is creating 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. You can see a short demonstration video made during a test of the new scheme, here.

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.

Our Current Projects page provides more information on the the Townside Access project in Poole and on the Weymouth Promenade Lighting Project.