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Botley West Way

07/01/2022

Fusion Arts is working as a curatorial partner for three upcoming pieces of public art in the recently redeveloped Botley Westway precinct. Working in close partnership with North Hinksey Parish Council and the Art Development Officer for the Vale of the White Horse District Council, we are supporting artists Alex Wenham, Clare Goodall, and Eleanor Greenhalgh to produce work for this space.

The pieces will be separate but interconnected by the inspiration they each draw from the local wildlife, the community and the history of the area. The three artists will be working across the mediums of painted mural, mosaic and stonecarving respectively, with opportunities for collaboration across the pieces and their design features.

We are very excited to be involved with this project by bringing vibrant, intriguing, playful and area-specific art to the new precinct.

The artists are currently in the design development and public engagement phase of the project, speaking and creating with local groups and schools to gather inspiration for their work. Artist Eleanor Greenhalgh has been documenting her idea development process in an online blog that you can view here.

More information to follow...watch this space!

Get to know the artists

  • Alex Wenham is an award-winning stone mason and carver based in Oxford. He has worked on a plethora of important projects in the past, including St Paul's Cathedral in London, or the Grand Palais in Paris.
  • Clare Goodall is an Oxford based artist whose practise revolves around mosaics. While producing her own work, she also holds mosaic workshops and contributes towards community and school art projects.
  • Eleanor Greenhalgh is an Oxford based artist who channels a largely collaborative practice for public art projects. She has created numerous public murals, was part of Fig's Elder Stubbs Vernacular project and was a Fusion Artist Research Labs participant for the January-March 2021 iteration.

Timeline for the project

The project began in January 2021 and is currently in the community development and design phase. At present, the artists are linking up with local schools and clubs to run workshops, and are in the process of exploring collaborative working practices.

Following the completion of this design phase, the artists will begin on the programme of works this year, looking to finish in August 2022!

Read more about the redevelopment project for Botley Westway here.

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