Home from Home
Yate, South Gloucestershire
Home from Home by Bristol-based artist Jo Lathwood is the first project in a programme of temporary and permanent site specific artworks commissioned to support a new mixed use development in Yate, South Gloucestershire. Home from Home will be sited at the southern entrance to the development, next to a new playground due to open in Summer 2021.
Home from Home explores ideas around sustainability and shelter. It will be a temporary outdoor arts venue for showing and sharing work, and a catalyst for creative activity. Designed by the artist for the use of local residents, it is currently being constructed at the artist’s studio in Bristol and is scheduled for installation in August 2021. The structure’s modular design was influenced by Yate’s 20th century evolution into a centre of manufacturing. Home from Home is being built from repurposed waste material and timber offcuts from building sites, including the development itself (Ladden Garden Village) and the Whirlpool washing machine factory in Yate. The artist held FACTORY, a public event at Spike Island in Bristol in 2019 as part of their Open Studios event. This began the process of preparing the offcuts to make Home From Home, with help from Yate Men’s Shed and hundreds of other members of the public.
This small temporary building will host an engagement programme of creative events and activities, led by visiting and local artists and creatives over the coming months. These will include family days, workshops with hands on making, performances and exhibitions with artists from Yate and beyond. This programme has been funded by Arts Council England will be delivered in and around the Home from Home structure in association with project partner Yate Parish. This additional funding will enable three artists – Kayle Brandon, Phil Owen and Oliver Sutherland – to develop new site specific work inspired by the area and created collaboratively with local residents, including young people from Learning Partnership West. Home from Home will also host free public activities organised by the artist commissioned to deliver the second commission at Ladden Garden Village as part of the design development and research phase.
The development occupies 100 hectares of former farmland between the town’s outer suburbs and the more rural aspect at Yate Rocks to the east and Tanhouse Lane to the north. The development will result in up to 2,450 new homes, a new Community Centre and local centre with retail, a new primary school and employment space. It will establish new pedestrian and cycling routes and bridleways across the site, significant new public realm and open spaces including new play areas. The development is due for completion by 2030.
The second commission will invite an artist to create a new series of permanent works in public spaces exploring the area’s history of celestine quarrying. These creative projects will enable commissioned artists to explore the physical landscape and heritage of the area and support the creative infrastructure within the town. Key aims of the programme are to ensure that the approach supports best practice in public realm commissioning, and prioritises quality and innovation.
Suzanne was appointed by the project landscape architects LDA Design as their art consultant, to research and write the Public Art Plan setting out how this arts programme will be delivered, on behalf of Heron Land. Suzanne is now overseeing project delivery on behalf of the housing developer Barratt Homes.
About the artist
Jo Lathwood (b.1984) is an artist based in Bristol who makes sculptures and large-scale installations that respond to site, event, material or process. Her portfolio varies greatly in form, scale, context and method of production, encompassing temporary and permanent public art, exhibitions, drawings and studio-based work. She has built a meandering staircase that enabled an audience to touch the roof of a church, developed a way of making homemade lava sculptures and made inks from oak galls. Recent activity includes CIPHER, a public realm commission for Dean Street, Bristol, commissioned by Studio Hive (2020); Well Trodden Wrong Ways, a dual exhibition at Thelma Hulbert Gallery, East Devon, UK (2019); Getting There, solo exhibition at Fabrica, Brighton UK (2018); Curious Formations, TNA commission at Biddulph Grange, Stoke on Trent, UK (2017); and Is it magma?, a solo exhibition at Earth Gallery, University of Bristol, UK (2016). Lathwood was co-director of Ore and Ingot, an artist-led fine art bronze foundry in Bristol (2012 – 2019).