Foxhill & Mulberry Park Events
Mulberry Park is a significant new mixed use development in Bath and the largest redevelopment project in the UK led by a housing association, Curo. The site is on 19 hectares of former MoD land adjacent to the Foxhill estate (where Curo own and maintain a large percentage of homes) and Combe Down, once a separate village known for its stone mines.
The Mulberry Park development includes 700 new homes for rent, sale and shared ownership, as well as community facilities, a new primary school, a small number of retail units and newly-created green space, play areas and public realm. In the longer term it is hoped that current Foxhill residents may have the opportunity to move into properties in Mulberry Park, enabling new homes to replace post-war built housing at Foxhill which is no longer fit for purpose.
Suzanne was commissioned to write an arts plan for Foxhill and Mulberry Park by Bath Bridge, a community interest company concerned with repositioning Bath as a city with a dynamic, inventive identity. Bath Bridge directors include leading figures from the arts, culture and creative industries across the city region. The brief was to review arts and heritage projects on Foxhill over the last five years; research examples of best practice of arts commissioning embedded into major housing developments; consult with local arts organisations, stakeholders and residents in Foxhill; research funding partners, and propose how the arts could be used within Mulberry Park and Foxhill for the duration of the development, expected to take around 13 years with completion in 2028.
Since completion of the Arts Plan, Suzanne has worked in partnership with Bath Film Festival to fundraise for, publicise and co-ordinate a pedal powered outdoor film screening attended by around 350 people in Foxhill on 2nd September 2016. The screening of the 2016 Jungle Book film was delivered by Electric Pedals and the event also included a giveaway of wild cherry trees by Velopost (a local business), food concessions serving freshly made pizza, coffee and ice cream and roaming street theatre by the Desperate Men and Natural Theatre Company. Suzanne has also helped to establish a subsidised programme of community film screenings in the local church (St Andrew’s) by Bath Film Festival and a series of associated creative events. London-based artists Avant Gardening and Lisa Cheung are currently working with Suzanne to realise MOBIS, the ‘MOBile oasIS’, an Arts Council England funded project that encourages local residents to try their hand at gardening by making a mini allotment. The project is based in a garage in the Foxhill housing estate and will also explore the origins of Bath Asparagus, a locally occurring rare wild edible plant.