Tadcaster is set to benefit from a bold new public art project which will help transform the bus station as part of a wider revamp of the area.
Selby District Council has commissioned artist Christopher Tipping, who has a 30 year career with a track record of providing impressive outdoor installations – to make sure the town gets a high quality attraction which reflects the community and its history.
The wider project is expected to see refurbishment work carried out to the public toilets and bus shelter area, with details of the complete scheme currently being finalised.
Mr Tipping has already begun discussions with local people and organisations in Tadcaster about potential inspiration for the project. This will continue before setting out to draw up draft design concepts.
Selby District Council’s objective is to improve facilities for those using public transport but also the environment for residents and visitors who use the bus station area: “I have had a first-hand experience of arriving at Tadcaster bus station –I don’t drive, so public transport is important to me and how places greet you on arrival is often critical to how you go on to experience them.”
Mr Tipping said it was vital that research includes community engagement before moving forward to create plans for the artwork, which could be one installation or possibly a series of interrelated works. On his last visit he met with Su Morgan of Tadcrafters and David Gluck at The Barn community centre to discuss working alongside local community groups.
“It is early days but I cannot wait to go back for a more intense mooch around, unpicking and looking, with a lot of chatting thrown into the mix,” he said.
“The ordinary and everyday values found in the Tadcaster community are just as important to me as major events and historic landmarks. I am eager to hear from anyone with a fascinating story to tell.”
Mr Tipping is in demand as an artist with a national reputation for producing captivating installations. His portfolio of public realm works include the recently completed glazing artwork at Coventry’s Grade II Listed Station as part of Coventry City of Culture and he is currently working on a new Park landscape for Ebbsfleet Garden City & an installation created in collaboration with schoolchildren in Ramsgate for the Clore Learning Centre at Turner Contemporary in Margate.
Cllr David Buckle, Selby District Council’s lead executive member for communities and economic development, said: “The Selby district has a fascinating history and Tadcaster is very much part of that.
“The town will be associated with the brewing industry by many and while that is important, there is much more to the town. For example, the resilience the community showed when its bridge was damaged by flooding was remarkable.
“To have a talented artist come in and work with local people to create a fresh vision is an exciting prospect and I’m sure the resulting work will be an asset to Tadcaster for many years to come.”
The council is also upgrading Britannia car park, adjacent to the bus station, as the first phase of improvements in the area with new planting, space for cycles, motorbike spaces and charging points for electric vehicles.
Our photo shows Mr Tipping with Su Morgan and David Gluck at The Barn during his research in Tadcaster.