Ham Woods
Working in partnership with Stepping Stones to Nature, through Plymouth City Council, and The Friends Of Ham Woods group Take a Part developed a sculptural commission to be placed in Ham Woods to compliment the ongoing regeneration work being undertaken in the Woodland.

Internationally-renowned sculptor Peter Randall Page was appointed to create a sculptural piece that would be set into repaired dry stone walling in Ham Woods.

The process was an interactive one, giving skills and ownership to the local community.  As well as selecting which artist would work on the project the Friends Group and other community members from North Prospect visited Peter’s studio’s and went to see some of his scultpures in the village of Drewsteignton and in Woodlands near to his studio.  This allowed them to gain greater insight into the work Peter produces and talk to Peter about what they might like to see him produce for them.

In developing opportunities to go and see work commissioned in woodlands, attending curatorial talks and speaking about the aims and ambitions of the Friends group we have been able to develop their ownership of a large scale commission process.

A special launch event for the piece was held at the end of September with over 70 people attending to see the beautiful sculpture and celebrate the process.

The project  has been a departure for Peter in his work as he is integrating community ideas on where to site work, the form it may take and how it is embedded locally into his practice for this work.

As Peter is also scheduled to exhibit his work in a large scale solo show spanning Pennisnula Arts and Plymouth City Museum and Gallery in Spring 2014, there are some interesting and exciting links that can be made between the community of North Prospect and the galleries of Plymouth City Centre.

Partners for this project were Take A Part, Stepping Stones to Nature, Plymouth City Council, the Friends of Ham Woods and the local schools and community of North Prospect.

May 1, 2012
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  • Love the art work in ham woods it’s made the place extra special now
    I hope you will be doing more and I hope and pray that idiots
    Don’t go and spoil it!!!!

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