Lead partner: Northamptonshire County Council (UK)
Artform: Public art / visual art
Year funded: 2013
Funding strand: Strand 1.2.1. Cooperation projects
Amount awarded: €200,000
Total project budget: €400,000
Project start date: December 2013
Project end date: October 2014
Mayo County Council (Ireland); Consortium Transversal, Cultural Activities Network (Spain).
Changing Tracks will commission contemporary visual/digital artists from the participating countries to create new artworks that explore and respond to the theme of former railway lines, from their original purpose and revolutionary impact on Europe’s natural and economic landscape to their current form, function and association with tourism and recreational activities.
The selected artists, Aideen Barry (Ireland), Xevi Bayona (Catalonia) and Noah Rose (UK), will each deliver a concept that responds to the identified common European themes, which will then be produced through artist-led workshops, talks, seminars or related activity in conjunction with local community groups, students and/or participants from each partner region, creating nine new site-specific contemporary visual/digital artworks, one from each artist in each of the partner regions.
The artworks will be located primarily in accessible outdoor rural settings on former railway lines, with the aim of increasing public access to art among existing walking, running, cycling and other outdoor recreational groups or heritage audiences.
The artworks will be supported on site and online through printed and digital information relating to the artwork and the aims of the Changing Tracks project. There will also be artist-led walks/talks, VIP/stakeholder events and local/national media coverage.
Experienced project managers will support the artists and the delivery of artworks in each partner location, and coordinate local/national marketing and communications, project monitoring and evaluation.
A series of seminars will be held in each of the three partner regions, to review what the project has achieved and disseminate associated learning among creative and cultural professionals and students.
Irish organisation profile
Local Authority – Mayo County Council
Arts Office and public art programme
Mayo was one of the first local authorities to appoint an arts officer, and Mayo Arts Office is nationally recognised as providing an outstanding arts service since 1989. With a developmental approach towards public art policy, the Council endeavours to represent national best practice. The intention is to develop a wide range of commissioning practices and to encourage a wide diversity of contemporary art forms. The Public Art Programme also reflects the guiding principles of the Strategic Arts Plan for Mayo County Council, namely quality, inclusion, access and long-term value.