About the Project
Priors Hall Park is a growing community to the east of Corby, a bustling town in North Northamptonshire. When building is complete, there will be over 5000 homes set in 1200 acres of parkland. A wide range of houses to suit everyone’s needs and tastes are spread across three distinct areas: Rockingham Gate, Town Gardens and Weldon Lakes. These three ‘villages’ will eventually be connected by a conservation area, which is home to roe deer, red kites and great crested newts, among other creatures.
Some residents have called Priors Hall Park home for over five years, while others are only just moving here. But with two schools within the development – Priors Hall: A Learning Academy (primary) and Corby Business Academy (secondary) – as well as a new community centre, there is already a strong sense of community here. Events are organised by residents for residents throughout the year, including children’s summer activity days, Easter egg hunts, summer barbecues and the Christmas lights switch-on.
A team of volunteer residents have joined forces with Made in Corby to help shape a vision for using art throughout Priors Hall Park to further foster this growing sense of community. The volunteers are seeking to commission public artwork for this new landscape with the aim of linking Rockingham Gate, Town Gardens and Weldon Lakes, while still maintaining a sense of traditional British village life.
When shortlisting artists’ proposals, the volunteers favoured artwork that reflected elements behind the history of the site, and that also responded to the site’s current use as a space for habitation – both by humans from diverse cultures and by animals and birds. It is hoped the artwork will spark an interest in art among residents and get them engaging in art and nature in numerous different ways.