‘Public Art at the Coalface’ by Louise Wyman & Geoff Wood
Louise Wyman: Urban Design Manager, National Consultancy Unit at English Partnerships
English Partnerships was the National Regeneration Agency, helping the Government to support high quality sustainable growth in England.
Louise Wyman led the Urban Design and Masterplanning team within English Partnerships’ National Consultancy Unit (NCU). The NCU was a multi disciplinary team with expertise in Landscape Architecture, Masterplanning, Urban Design, Engineering, Transport, Architecture, Strategic Planning, Project Management and Sustainable Development. Louise has dual professional qualifications as both a Landscape Architect and a Chartered Surveyor. She was responsible for ensuring that the highest design and sustainability standards was realised in the regeneration of EP’s strategic sites, which included 98 former coalfield sites. Louise directed the Art and Identity in the Coalfields Strategy that Working Parts was appointed to produce.
Geoff Wood: Director of Public Art Consultancy Working pArts
Working pArts is the public art consultancy practice founded by Geoff Wood in 1997 and specialising in the effective integration of art into the working lives of towns and cities. The practice offers expertise, consultancy and commissioning services that focus on the contribution art can make to the development of a humane society. Working pArts now has a national reputation for developing public art projects of strategic significance to the urban public realm. Their approach is based on detailed research into the place and its users – the aim being to establish how the city or place works, understand its dynamics and determine how these affect residents and visitors and then propose ways in which art and artists can bring benefits.