Contemporary Art Society Consultancy News: May 2012

29 May 2012 By
Contemporary Art Society Consultancy News: May 2012

Olympic Park Commissions – Art on the Park Launch

We are delighted to announce the completion of two major artworks by Clare Woods and DJ Simpson for the Olympic Park. Launched to the public last week as part of a collection of 26 artworks, both pieces are permanent fixtures in the park, celebrating the legacy of the games long after the Olympics are over.

Artists Clare Woods and DJ Simpson have created spectacular wall-based pieces for the two Headhouses at the southern end of the Olympic Park. Each brings a particular interpretation of the history and landscape of this rapidly changing part of the East of London.  View the works here…

Click here to read BBC article on the launch.

Image (above): Clare Woods, Brick Fields and Carpenters Curve, Contemporary Art Society Consultancy Commission for the Olympic Park, 2012 © the artist. Image courtesy: Getty Images and Olympic Delivery Authority

 Aspen Online Collection goes Live!

Contemporary Art Society’s consultancy team have been developing Aspen’s contemporary art collection globally over the past four years.  Now audiences everywhere can gain an insight into the art through a newly developed collection website.

To see the Head of Consultancy Fabienne Nicholas talking about the collection, and to gain a special insight into this fantastic online showcase click here.

Image: Gabriel Orozco, Trebol Time, 2005 (from Aspen’s New York collection)

A New Collection for Circle Hospital

Circle Hospitals are committed to transforming the patient experience and redefining healthcare. Their art programme was commissioned by Rory Coonan, Head of Design and Architecture for Circle’s sister company Health Properties and a former Head of Architecture and Public Art at the Arts Council. We have worked with Rory on Circle Bath since the Norman Foster designed building opened in 2009.

Earlier this year we curated a new loan collection of contemporary artworks. Many of the new pieces encourage contemplation and provide welcome moments of humour and wit within the hospital environment.

The new collection includes work by Tim Renshaw, Axel Antas, Bobby Patmore, Carole Graslan, Nadine Feinson, Jane Ward, Daniel Andersson and Fiona MacDonald.

For more information on our work with Circle click here.

Image: Circle Hospital, Bath, installation view, image courtesy Hoxton Gallery, London


Public Art Programme for Cambridge University

The Contemporary Art Society with InSite Arts has produced the public art strategy for the University’s NW Cambridge development. The strategy that prefaces integrated approaches to working with artists and a sustainable programme of commissioning, both permanent and temporary through the 15 year long development programme.

In early planning stages currently, the University have appointed a high profile advisory panel to guide the artistic programme including:

  • Andrew Nairne, Director, Kettle’s Yard Professor
  • Professor Jeremy Sanders, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Institutional Affairs, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Keith Carne, First Bursar, King’s College
  • Ruth Scurr, Writer and Historian
  • Rod Mengham, Curator of Works of Art, Jesus College
  • Harriet Loffler, Curator of Contemporary Art, Norwich Castle
  • Helen Sainsbury, Curator, Tate Modern
  • Nicola Buckley, Head of Public Engagement, Office of External Affairs and Communications, University of Cambridge
  • Eric Marland, Cambridge based Stonemason

Throughout 2012 we will be working with the panel to set up the framework for this significant public art programme.


Sneinton Market Square Public Art Launch

Working with Nottingham City Council and Patel Taylor architects the Contemporary Art Society appointed Neville Gabie as lead artist on the regeneration of Sneinton Market Square, Nottingham. Neville’s commission Orchard celebrates the market’s long history as a centre for food production and distribution.

The December 2011 launch featured commissions from local artists Rebecca Beinart, Mathew Trivett and Oliver Dalby with writer and poet Wayne Burrows exhibited at Surface Gallery; the planting of 100 apple trees through a newly set up community Apple Tree Adoption network; and a lively symposium at Nottingham Contemporary featuring acclaimed writer Carolyn Steel, artists Nina Pope and John Newling and Claire Patey, Curator of Feast on the Bridge.With cider pressing demonstrations, artist markets, film screenings in the square and an Orchard themed feast the weekend proved a fitting celebration for this truly engaged public art project.

To find out more about Orchard and to view images of the event click here.