Workshops with Local School

Concept Design and Workshops

Introduction 

In July 2014, a series of co-creative design workshops took place in Lees Brook School in Chaddesden.  This enabled a group of young people to participate in the creation of ideas and imagery for artworks to be sited in Chaddesden Park. Further consultation took place both informally and at the Picnic in the Park event in July.

Themes

The aim of the project is to celebrate the character and diversity of the Park. The selected themes centred on : 1. Landscape : The Park’s Natural History and Biodiversity, 2. Heritage : Chaddesden Hall, local industry : silk and engineering, 3. Park life : allotments, sport, cycling, BMX and skateboarding.

Workshops :

A group of ten young people worked on the project for two days. The pupils  made very positive reflections on the selected themes and worked collectively. The themes were explored through discussion, drawing, design and making maquettes. A selection of their work is represented here which includes designs for threshold artworks, seating, fencing and markers. This work informs the concept design in form and content.

Concept

The Concept is to use a feather motif as a holding form for the artworks, this is in response to the rich natural history of the park and the discovery that Chaddesden hall was “ ornamented.....with a good collection of preserved birds of the most rare kinds and beautiful plumage. ”

The work will take the form of a series of markers that mark nodal points and act as an informal trail in the Park . The artwork will feature imagery  developed in the workshops. There are a number of possible options for the markers including stainless steel, cast iron, cast iron inlaid into timber or engraved timber. While marking meeting points they could also also assist in marking the cycle route and could act as orienteering features. The precise location, quantity and choice of materials will be concluded during the detailed design phase.

Acknowledgements

Warmest thanks are extended to the staff and pupils of Lees Brook School who facilitated and attended the design workshops and to  Paula Moss and the Mapping the City Project.