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Llynfi Valley, South Wales: Public Art Commission

Deadline: February 29, 2012


Sustrans Cymru has appointed Elbow Room to work with them to develop and manage a public art commission adjacent to the Llynfi Valley Cycle Trail recently completed in Maesteg. This trail is part of ‘the Valleys Cycle Network’ project - a new network of over 100 miles (400km) of cycling and walking trails throughout the South Wales Valleys.

Sustrans are the UK’s leading walking and cycling charity. Sustrans work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in. This project is a collaboration with Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Government, who are partners in the Valleys Regional Park initiative, through a project part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The site used to be at the northern end of the Maesteg Washery where coal from different collieries was sorted and cleaned. Today the area is already regularly used by cyclists and walkers and we are looking for an appropriate artwork that gives a sense of intrigue and counterpoint to the surrounding views. Sustainability and the environment are key aspects of the project and the appointed artist would have these concepts as a primary concern in their own creative practice.

It is felt that the site lends itself to the use of natural materials, planting and the possible re-distribution, addition or sculpting of some of the land surface itself to create a ‘land art’ piece  with a strong but subtle profile. The addition of small, sympathetic interventions or structures could also be considered.

The appointed artist would be expected to create links with the nearby schools and community to enhance their interest, involvement, engagement and ‘ownership’ of the project and discuss issues such as sustainability, biodiversity, the environment or landscape through their work.

The overall budget for this project is in the region of £45,000.
Deadline: 29 February 2012.
For further details please email [email protected]

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Llynfi site

Llynfi site