This email has been received from Julie Davis, County Local Studies Librarian:
I would like to take this opportunity to ask for your support for a project which aims to locate, record and photograph public art, namely artwork made by an artist, arts practitioner or craftsperson and located in publicly accessible spaces and places in Wiltshire. At present very little is known about the whereabouts, extent and condition of public art in the county.
Data collected as part of the project will be made available in the Local Studies Library at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre with images deposited in the Historic Photograph and Print Collection. The images will then be pinned to the Know Your Place site http://www.kypwest.org.uk to map their location geographically. More details can be found at the link below.
A series of volunteer workshops are being run across the county for those interested in getting involved in the project to initiate the beginning of the data collection phase. Confirmed venues are:
Marlborough Library, Thursday 20th July, 6-7pm. Book now via Eventbrite
Malmesbury Library, Monday 14th August, 6-7pm. Book now via Eventbrite
Corsham Library, Monday 21st August, 6-7pm. Book now via Eventbrite
Events are also planned in Corsham, Salisbury and Swindon in August, and hopefully in Devizes and Warminster too. To stay informed please visit https://creativewiltshire.com/get-involved/
Each session will include:
Background, introductions and timeline of the project
Definitions – detailing what will be classified as public art in terms of the project
Grid references – quick guide to grid referencing for those who feel they need guidance
Data recording – what to record and how
Photography – a guide to what is required
Administration – how data will be sent to the History Centre, plus registration, support and co-ordination information. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Volunteers can devote as much or as little time as they can spare until December and join this community effort to help support public art in the places that matter to them.
I look forward to meeting representative(s) from your society at one of the workshops. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Julie Davis County Local Studies Librarian