Artist appointed for Weymouth Gateway site

A DORCHESTER artist has been commissioned to create a piece for the Weymouth Gateway site.

Andy Kirkby, who lives in Moreton near Dorchester, fought off competition from 38 other UK and international artists, with five being shortlisted to attend interviews at New Look's new offices on Mercery Road.

The public art work will sit at the new gateway site and welcome people to the development.

Organisers of the project say that the people of Weymouth and Portland will have its input into the scheme, with the artist planning a creative workshop in the near future to engage with local schoolchildren to share their ideas and make models, some of which will be shown at a public exhibition to be held in early March.

Mr Kirkby said he looking forward to meeting local people at a public meeting set to be held in January, where he hopes to gather important local key themes and aspirations for the design from the Weymouth and Portland community.

He said: “This initial creative engagement with local people has always been a vital part of my past projects, public art should be just that - 'public' - accessible and relevant to the location and its residents.”

More information about the project will be released in the New Year.

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7:04pm Sat 22 Dec 12

portland rebel says...

but the council tell us they have no money, or is it waste it here then tell the local taxpayers they have to cut services, oh but its ok its money from the arts council, STILL OUR MONEY.
but the council tell us they have no money, or is it waste it here then tell the local taxpayers they have to cut services, oh but its ok its money from the arts council, STILL OUR MONEY. portland rebel
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7:49pm Sat 22 Dec 12

YafcbY says...

portland rebel wrote:
but the council tell us they have no money, or is it waste it here then tell the local taxpayers they have to cut services, oh but its ok its money from the arts council, STILL OUR MONEY.
Thank you for making me laugh so heartily!!! This is the most hilarious comment of the day. Are you being serious though? I don't know!!!! Thank you all the same!!!
[quote][p][bold]portland rebel[/bold] wrote: but the council tell us they have no money, or is it waste it here then tell the local taxpayers they have to cut services, oh but its ok its money from the arts council, STILL OUR MONEY.[/p][/quote]Thank you for making me laugh so heartily!!! This is the most hilarious comment of the day. Are you being serious though? I don't know!!!! Thank you all the same!!! YafcbY
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8:09pm Sat 22 Dec 12

bollywood says...

Perhaps the artist is going to do it for free. Or maybe the council members will be paying for it out of their own pocket! That will keep the cost down
Perhaps the artist is going to do it for free. Or maybe the council members will be paying for it out of their own pocket! That will keep the cost down bollywood
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10:31pm Sat 22 Dec 12

annotator1 says...

Portland Rebel is quite right. What do we want to commission a "Work of art" for? We are skint!
All because our pathetic council have absolutely NO business sense.
I can see St Mary Street with more charity and 99p stores as the others, who still have a bit of backing, move to Dorchester and Bournemouth.
Portland Rebel is quite right. What do we want to commission a "Work of art" for? We are skint! All because our pathetic council have absolutely NO business sense. I can see St Mary Street with more charity and 99p stores as the others, who still have a bit of backing, move to Dorchester and Bournemouth. annotator1
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9:46am Sun 23 Dec 12

marabout says...

Please stop this. Please, please don't allow our council to spend money on this complete waste of money.... someone quick, do something before we all regret it
Please stop this. Please, please don't allow our council to spend money on this complete waste of money.... someone quick, do something before we all regret it marabout
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12:42pm Sun 23 Dec 12

DorsetEco says...

For once, to my amazement, I agree with 'marabout'!!

Civic leaders - get you priorities right!!
focus on - what makes money for the town,
What saves money for the town.
What keeps Weymouth's character
For once, to my amazement, I agree with 'marabout'!! Civic leaders - get you priorities right!! focus on - what makes money for the town, What saves money for the town. What keeps Weymouth's character DorsetEco
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1:02pm Sun 23 Dec 12

JoeyJo says...

Why is everyone assuming that the council is paying? I would assume that the developers will pay.
Why is everyone assuming that the council is paying? I would assume that the developers will pay. JoeyJo
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10:10am Mon 24 Dec 12

FooWoo says...

DorsetEco wrote:
For once, to my amazement, I agree with 'marabout'!!

Civic leaders - get you priorities right!!
focus on - what makes money for the town,
What saves money for the town.
What keeps Weymouth's character
It's for a new industrial site. So the council have got their priorities right by making a place that makes money attractive to the eye and well maintained.

If I were a business person I think I would invest in a place that looked good and well looked after. Not a run down business park that looks rubbish.

This is quite a common thing out of weymouth for things to look good and make you happy to live where you do. Plus this money is probably a budget from elsewhere that was only ever intended for art.

Also, some of weymouths character could do with a change
[quote][p][bold]DorsetEco[/bold] wrote: For once, to my amazement, I agree with 'marabout'!! Civic leaders - get you priorities right!! focus on - what makes money for the town, What saves money for the town. What keeps Weymouth's character[/p][/quote]It's for a new industrial site. So the council have got their priorities right by making a place that makes money attractive to the eye and well maintained. If I were a business person I think I would invest in a place that looked good and well looked after. Not a run down business park that looks rubbish. This is quite a common thing out of weymouth for things to look good and make you happy to live where you do. Plus this money is probably a budget from elsewhere that was only ever intended for art. Also, some of weymouths character could do with a change FooWoo
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2:40pm Tue 25 Dec 12

212 dorset says...

Where in the article does it say it is being funded by the Council? Surely this is being funded privately? The Council need to come out publicy and confirm or deny who is paying for this, as if it is being paid for by the taxpayer, there needs to be an immediate enquiry before it begins.
Where in the article does it say it is being funded by the Council? Surely this is being funded privately? The Council need to come out publicy and confirm or deny who is paying for this, as if it is being paid for by the taxpayer, there needs to be an immediate enquiry before it begins. 212 dorset
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