In 2010 artists Sue Palmer and Simon Lee Dicker explored the art of place making in Langport with a focus on the public and civic spaces in the town. Both Simon and Sue are Somerset-based contemporary public artists who have been invited by Somerset Art Works to make some process based work in Langport.
The project invited the residents of the town to engage with ideas about how public spaces could be more creatively used, and ‘owned’ by the community – places such as the Community Garden at the Town Hall, Cocklemoor and the town centre area.
On Saturday October the 2nd 2010 the artists took up temporary residence on Cocklemoor making an engaging sited artwork exploring play and gardening which invites questions about our public spaces – what makes a house a home, some land a garden, and a field a playground? How might we respond to public spaces creatively, using some of the ways that we make our own homes and gardens?
Take a look at the project blog www.langportart.blogspot.com
Inspired by this project further work was developed in early 2011 – Around Here and Out There developed as a Somerset Art Works Intergenerational Project. To find more about SAW’s intergenerational work see: http://www.somersetartworks.org.uk/projects/company-voices-making-matters and the Around Here and Out There project blog http://aroundhereandoutthere.blogspot.com/
- Simon Lee Dicker
- Sue Palmer