Loop will sculpture by artist julia Clarke

Conningbrook Lakes

Inspired by nature with a focus on a diverse and abundant wildlife

FrancisKnight was appointed to produce an overall Public Art Strategy for Conningbrook Lakes and to deliver a public art programme for both the residential area and the country park.   

The former quarry site at Conningbrook Lakes is being transformed by a multi million-pound development of 300 new homes in a lakeside setting, together with the improvement of facilities at the country park to support its existing water-based and running-track leisure facilities. 

FrancisKnight appointed and collaborated with Lead Artist Kerry Lemon to assist with the delivery of the client team’s design and place-making aspirations and to help discharge a public art requirement as set out in a planning condition. 

The resulting Public Art Strategy ensures consistency of approach and a unique identity for the site whilst maintaining value for money and effectiveness for each stage of the project.

Artists Tim Norris, Julia Clarke and Outdoor Studios have been commissioned to create work that will celebrate the unique environment of Conningbrook Lakes with a particular focus on the diverse and abundant wildlife. 

Julia Clarke’s loop willow sculpture was installed in October 2021 for the EXPLORE commission.  Julia’s accompanying sculptures Birds and Teasels will follow in 2022 & 2023.

Tim Norris’s sculptural bird hide for the DWELL commission will be installed in spring 2022.  A further commission INTERACT is a temporary art programme which aims to engage local schools and park users in workshops and support the main commissions as they are developed. 

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