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Turning Tides Corporation Yard

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Sheils Flynn Ltd

Turning Tides, Gainsborough, Licolnshire

Riverside Regeneration, Gainsborough


As lead artist I was appointed  to develop an overall vision for the Gainsborough Riverside Public Arts Scheme which formed part of the Riverside Regeneration Programme to improve the new flood defences and create a riverside promenade on the banks of the River Trent, for approximately 1km of riverside.  This was a largely derelict area of the town.


On ‘Turning Tides’  my role was to work in partnership with project landscape architects Sheils Flynn Ltd, and environmental consultants ECUS (Environmental Consultants Sheffield University), Local Authoruty Arts Officers, East Midlands Arts (Arts Council) Eastern Arts Board, Commissions East (project managers)on the development of themes, identification of locations for artworks and street furniture and recommendations and appointment of artists to realise these opportunities and  to ensure public support. Community consultation and an innovative arts education programme formed a vital part of the scheme carried out by commissioned artists. A number of commissions were completed  in  2003.  The Riverside now hosts an annual  festival which began 2001 during the development of the turning Tides shceme and a cycle route.

Client:  West Lyndsey District Council

Value:  £175,000

Purpose: landscaping  improvements and art commissions  integrated artworks sculpture and seating

Date:   2003

Featured Artists and Designers:

Irene Rogan: - Lead artist and Look Out design in collaboration with Anthony Hunt Associates

Jo Fairfax - Toll Houses 

Wolfgang and Heron - Seating and waymarkers

Diane Mclean - Sculpture

Heather Connolly - Roundels

Sheils Flynn Ltd -  An Award winning company Landscape Masterplan, major new landscapes sites, Improvrements;  hard and soft scaping, wall works Whitton's Mill Flats  (sheltered Housing) -  received The Royal Town Planning Institute  Award for the East Midlands exterior rendering concept  originally proposed in the arts programme.

The Commissions

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Wolfgang (Buttress) and  (Fiona) Heron  - Seats and bollards

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Jo Fairfax - Toll Houses  Lighting

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Diane Mclean  - Wind and Tide Interactive Sculpture

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Irene Rogan - The Big Woosh, Look Out landmark design in collaboration with Anthony Hunt Associates.