Waterstones Homes have commissioned Thomas Goddard to work with the Dinas Powys community, as their contribution to public art for transforming the former Ardwyn House children’s home into their Chapters residential development. This fulfils a Section 106 agreement between the housing developer and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Thomas Goddard is a Cardiff-based artist with a range of skills, including photography, graphic design, filmmaking and performance, that could help community organisations such as the library realise projects over the coming year.
In introducing himself at the library, Thomas said he had 12 years’ experience in arts and education, and was commissioned through Studio/Response to deliver public art in a social-community way rather than as one grand public art statement.
“The nature of the public art, which could cover anything from physical sculptures and building design, to the development of community facilities and events, will be determined through a series of creative activities that will gather the thoughts of local people on how the area can be improved,” says Thomas Goddard on his website (www.thomas-goddard.com).
The DiPLAC Trustees suggested a number of possible projects where the artist’s experience could provide a valuable input, from redesigning the library layout and noticeboards, to producing fundraising cards, website design and a short film. Watch this space!
Left to right: Clare Richardson, Joan Andrews, Keith Hatton, Chris Franks, Thomas Goddard, Jon Cowpe, and Mary-Anne Marsden.