18. Some Collaborations

“…as reflected in sensitivity, a keenness of observation, the ability to synthesise, to stress that which is typical and characteristic and, at the same time, to combine freely and harmoniously elements provided by the environment…”

– Anatoly Lunacharsky: ‘Heroes of Action in Meditation’, 1909

LINK: Public Art Online Resources – Collaboration – An Artist’s Perspective, 2004

With Robert Colbourne and/or Stuart Mugridge

2013 Cornmarket, Worcester

LINK: Outline Scheme

2011–2012 ‘Meshwork Worcester’ Phase #1

LINK: Arts Council England Lottery funded partnership with Worcester City Council

2010 RMG Sutton Coldfield

Collaborating with Stuart Mugridge and BPN Architects on the design opportunities associated with the former Sutton Park Station.

2009 Network Rail National Centre, Milton Keynes

Landscape and public art scheme with Capita Lovejoy and Rob Colbourne for 40,000m2 new development (GMW Architects).

2007–2008 Springfield Brewery, Wolverhampton

Collaborating with Robert Colbourne and Howl Associates Architects on the S106 public art plan for the redevelopment of the former brewery site.

With Bryant Priest Newman Architects

2013 Paradise Circus, Birmingham

LINK: Architects’ Journal & Argent Design Charrette. 

2012 FarGO Creative Enterprise Village, Coventry

LINK: Concept and context study for Bryant Priest Newman Architects.

2010 RMG Sutton Coldfield

Collaborating with Stuart Mugridge and BPN Architects on the design opportunities associated with the former Sutton Park Station.

2009 Birmingham Science Park

Partnering Capita Lovejoy, Bryant Priest Newman Architects and RLF on the ‘Vision’ document.

2008–2011 Golden Square, Birmingham

LINK: Winner with Capita Lovejoy and BPN Architects of the international design competition for a new £1.5m public square in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

2008 Pleck Road Sites, Walsall

Development Framework.

2007–2008 Dartmouth Park Community Pavilion

LINK: Collaborating with Bryant Priest Newman on the design of a new community facility in West Bromwich (Parks for People programme).

2007 Flax Mill, Shrewsbury

Partnering Bryant Priest Newman Architects, with PCPT Architects and MacCormac Jamieson Prichard Architects, on the CDP development bid.

2006 & 2007 Goddard Building Creative Quarter Feasibility Study, Hinckley

Partnership with Bryant Priest Newman Architects on delivery of new build and refurbishment design options for education and creative industries.

2003 Irish Centre, Birmingham (pro/POSIT)

Collaboration with architects Bryant Priest Newman on a new public square and 22,500 m2 new build cultural centre with associated residential and office accommodation.

2001 SciMus, Birmingham 

Collaboration on a joint bid to Birmingham City Council in partnership with PCPT Architects, Bryant Priest Newman Architects and Glenn Howells Architects for the redevelopment of the former Museum of Science and Industry as live/work units and cultural facilities on behalf of Complex Development Project. 

2001–2004 Electric Wharf, Coventry

LINK: Lead artist to Complex Development Projects and architects Bryant Priest Newman for the design development of a former power station as live/work accommodation and 400 metre canal frontage. RICS Awards Winner 2007, RegenWM ‘Vison for Placemaking’ Winner 2007 and ‘Outstanding Place of the Decade’ Award 2010.

With Lovejoy / Capita Lovejoy / Define

2012 Snow Hill Gateway, Birmingham

Design Development.

2011–2012 Gravesend Heritage Quarter

LINK: Concept and design development.

2010 South Wolverhampton & Bilston Academy

Design development.

2009–2010 BSF Wolverhampton

IPD statements on public art for inspiredspaces.

2009 Network Rail National Centre, Milton Keynes

Landscape and public art scheme with Capita Lovejoy and Rob Colbourne for 40,000m2 new development (GMW Architects).

2009 Birmingham Science Park

‘Vision’ document.

2009 Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Public Realm Master Plan

Concept and vision development for three hospitals in Birmingham, Solihull, and Sutton Coldfield with Substrakt.

2008–2011 Golden Square, Birmingham

LINK: Winner with Capita Lovejoy and BPN Architects of the international design competition for a new £1.5m public square in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

2008–2009 New Growth Point, Leicester

Preliminary designs and detailed drawings.

2008 Rally Park, Leicester

Development Study with Kathryn Moore.

2007–2008 Milton Keynes Western Expansion Areas 10.1 – 10.3 and 11

Art/landscape strategy and public realm design codes for the Fairfield development comprising housing, employment and ancillary uses, schools, local centres, burial ground and remembrance garden, retained landscape asset and new landscape buffers.

2007 Castle College Maid Marian Way Campus, Nottingham

Public realm and public art master plan for 2.9 acre comprehensive mixed use development with Kathryn Moore.

2004  Town Square, West Bromwich (pro/POSIT)

Short-listed design collaboration for new public space. Previously 2001–2002 Town Square West Bromwich sub–consultant to Alsop Architects.

As pro/POSIT (with Maurice Maguire)

2004–2005 Culture & Regeneration Study, Corby BC (pro/POSIT)

Approaches, action plan and funding profile informed by the local, sub-regional and regional contexts seeking to: enhance the overall quality of the built and natural environments; promote better design innovation, creativity and excellence; and ensure participation for local communities, artists and other design and planning professionals in regeneration processes.

2004–2006 Stourport Canal Basins Masterplan (pro/POSIT)

LINK: Collaboration with British Waterways on masterplanning of Brindley’s historic canal basins leading to design implementation and parallel commissioning programme. Heritage Lottery-funded with additional funding support from Arts Council England-West Midlands, Wyre Forest District Council, and Arts & Business. Shortlisted for BURA Waterways Renaissance ‘Strategy & Master Planning’ Award 2006.

2004–2005 Hinckley Building:Building Hinckley (pro/POSIT)

Arts Council England-East Midlands funded programme of creative innovation underpinning the market town’s master plan process and subsequent roll out. Subsequently a collaboration with architects Bryant Priest Newman.

2003  Irish Centre, Birmingham (pro/POSIT)

Collaboration with architects Bryant Priest Newman on a new public square and 22,500 m2 new build cultural centre with associated residential and office accommodation.

2003–2004 ‘constant/change’, Brierley Hill (pro/POSIT)

Appointed by British Waterways to contribute to the masterplanning process for the new Brierley Hill.

2003 West Midlands Youth Spaces (pro/POSIT)

Partnership with MADE (Midlands Architecture & Designed Environment), developing a project with Government Office – West Midlands to design and construct ten new youth spaces, and to evaluate this experience to identify good practice for subsequent national roll-out.

2003–2004 mac/SAMPAD, Birmingham (pro/POSIT)

Client side appointment as consultant artists to deliver the involvement of artists in the capital build programme (architects Branson Coates).

2003 Regent Street, Hinckley (pro/POSIT) 

Appointed as artist advisers to Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council to support the development of a local Public Art Forum for the delivery of public art initiatives in the Regent Street pedestrianisation scheme in the Town Centre. 

2003 ‘City Building’ Stoke on Trent (pro/POSIT) 

Arts Council West Midlands funded development of a public art inquiry/event for artists in the region based on a live project in partnership with Stoke City Council Planning Department to generate content for the regeneration of Hanley, as the new city centre.

2003 South Town, Leamington Spa (pro/POSIT) 

Consultant artists to Warwick District Council to identify themes and opportunities that reinvigorate and support public use and the quality of public spaces, incorporating the ‘sign posting’ of the extent of the developing Cultural Quarter.

2002–2003 ‘Golden Squares’ Leicestershire (pro/POSIT) 

Arts Council East Midlands funded action research project with local authority arts officers (LADOF) to identify principles for a countywide framework for public art. 

2002 ‘Three Views’ Chesterfield BC (pro/POSIT) 

Lead artists on a percent for art framework linked to the construction of Hasland Hall Estate (William Davis Ltd). The framework sets out propositions for three key interventions within Hasland village, Eastwood Park and the new development, linking community interests with new perspectives.

2002 Old Town Square, Leamington Spa (pro/POSIT) 

Consultant artists to Warwickshire County Council for the public art feasibility study for The Parade and Old Town Square Leamington Spa, linked to the DTLR funded ‘mixed urban priority route’ scheme.

2002 ‘Crossing Rivers’ Leamington Spa (pro/POSIT) 

Action-research project funded by Public Art West Midlands exploring the social, cultural and symbolic implications of crossing rivers – the River Leam in particular and other rivers in general. To understand the significance of crossing a line or a boundary. 

2001–2002 Public Art–West Midlands

Framework Planning Study.

2001–2002 Coventry Artists’ Co-operative

RALP-funded Feasibility Study.

2001 West Midlands Arts

Appraisal of Junction Artists Agency.

2001 Huntingdon Civic Society

Town centre Arts Study.

1994–1995 Coventry City Council

Coventry Canal Corridor Public Art Strategy.

With Jane Kelly

1993–1994 Cardiff Bay Arts Trust

Bute Square & Avenue Design Team (with Jack Mackie and architects MBM, Barcelona).

1992 Cardiff Bay Arts Trust

Tyndal Street Design Team.

1992 Bond Bryan Architects

Linear Park Design Team Sheffield.

1992–1994 Sheffield Hallam University

Co-Lead Artist for Campus 21. 

1992 Building Design Partnership

Howard Street Masterplan.

1991 Coventry City Council

North-South Road, Coventry Design Team (with Francis Gomila, Sue Ridge, Jane Kelly).

As West Midlands Public Art Collective

1987 Sandwell MBC

High Bullen Design Study.

1986 West Midlands County Council

China Town Design Study.

1986 West Midlands County Council

Soho Road Design Study.

1985–1987 West Midlands County Council

City of a Thousand Trades, Bell Street Passage, Birmingham.

1984–1985 West Midlands County Council

Manzoni Gardens, Birmingham.

Statement March 2010

In collaboration there are no boundaries, only differences. The professional boundaries that separate art from architecture from landscape are not relevant to the task of good place making. The differences, though, between artist, architect and landscape architect, our different ways of seeing the world, are essential to making vibrant places that are multi-layered and that engage people in different ways and on different levels.

Or to say this another way, the best places are often the product of creative cross-cutting between artist, architect and landscape architect, where the richness of user experience and expression of place are prioritised over what separates art from architecture from landscape.

Through collaboration, we share the responsibility to expand the experience and feed the imagination, and our collaboration produces intelligent and beautiful places that are not only fit for purpose, but delight the user and capture a sense of place.

We have collaborated together for many years and on many different projects. We have a clear understanding of how our collaborative process works, and of how far we can push each other to get the best from our different ways of seeing the world.

Our collaboration makes us open, available and useful, and that’s what we bring to the table.

We draw together and with others, we write a lot, we research and investigate and build websites to capture content and information, we spend time in the places we are working with, we like hearing stories, we look back to look forward, and we take people with us.

PDF: Public Art Online Resources – Collaboration – An Artist’s Perspective, 2004

LINK: Public Art Online Resources – Collaboration – An Artist’s Perspective, 2004

PDF: Gillian Nicol | Playing Up, 2007

PDF: 2010 Collaboration Statement