About the Project
What is Moving On?
Moving On is a programme of 36 artworks which were integrated into the new facilities built by AWP across Avon between 2003-2006. The aim of Moving On was to create the best possible environment for care in these new facilities. In early 2003, Willis Newson was commissioned by AWP to develop an arts strategy, to define the arts programme, for the Trust's new capital developments. Staff, service users, PFI consortia partners, architects and local arts and mental health groups were all consulted.
The new facilities are housed in 15 new buildings across four sites: Callington Road, Medium Secure Services, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The 36 artworks are spread across these four sites.
Artists were recruited from all over the UK. Staff and service users were involved in the selection process. In addition, two lead artists, Sineid Codd and Martin Cotterrell were appointed to work with Willis Newson on developing the public art strategy for the project. All appointed artists received a detailed induction to the project and to working in mental health. The inductions were led by Willis Newson with input from AWP staff, service user representatives and the PFI partners Ryhurst and Rydon Construction.
"The arts can play an important part in creating a healing environment and, for us, involving service users and carers in the development of the arts strategy and the arts commissions was a vital part of that process" AWP Medical Director, Dr Susan O'Connor.
An evaluation was produced through a partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE)..