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1. The idea for environmental improvements (with the possible inclusion of 'public art') came from the document 'Mutley...A Way Forward', which was published by the Mutley Community Association in the late 1990's (cc 1996).
2. Initially funding from the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) was secured to fund a programme of environmental improvements on Mutley Plain. In 2000 this was matched with a successful bid for Arts Lottery funding forming a total budget of £200,000 which has supported the development of a locally-based commissioning team, the employment of key arts professionals, the development of a number of arts-based commissions, appropriate consultation, a launch event and the development of links with Plymouth Arts Network with a view to running a number of presentations about the project and associated processes.
3. A project steering group (commissioning team) was established with membership made up from Mutley Community Association, Mutley Traders and Business Association and Mutley Baptist Church. The group also includes relevant city council officers, and a representative of Plymouth Disabled Arts Forum. This group has met regularly throughout the lifetime of the project, its role being to oversee the development of the project including the individual artwork commissions.
4. Five main commissions were identified by the commissioning team:
with an artist or designer appointed to develop each one
5. A major public consultation event took place over three days last Autumn. This was attended by around 500 members of the public, whose comments have helped shape the developing artwork. One of the key points arising from consultation was the need for more colour on Mutley Plain - this instead of the grey concrete and steel that had at that time been proposed by two of the commissioned artists
6. The Film Artist residency - based at Hyde Park School - was successfully completed last year, the results of which have already been previewed, and will feature as part of the project's launch event scheduled for the New Year (probably February)
7. The developing website will form an archive of the project and is likely to be taken on by a local group (possibly the Community Association) once the project is complete
8. The proposed installation schedule is as follows:
9. The steering group has also commissioned a lighting feasibility study, the recommendations of which are expected at the end of November. These recommendations will be considered by the commissioning team - the plan being to select suitable ones for installation. The type of lighting covered by this study is very low level, and will not interfere with or replace any of the existing street lighting. The development of these proposals, and any forthcoming installation is being done in consultation with the city council's lighting engineer
10. The steering group is planning a launch event in the new year. This is likely to involve a number of activities designed to draw attention to the newly installed work, an exhibition of the project, activities and entertainment all of which will be open to the public.
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