The Thresholds Project is a public art project for the Cambridge Affordable Housing Framework commissioned by Cambridge City Council in partnership with Keepmoat Homes.
Cambridge City Council is one of only twenty to thirty Councils in England to have recently established a new Council House Building Programme, following a change in the rules about how Councils fund their own housing. They have formed a partnership with Keepmoat Homes to develop a series of sites across the city incorporating both social and open market housing.
Incorporating seven different housing developments across the city
the project is funded through section106 "To benefit local communities and enhance a sense of place”.
Part 1 Home: The Threshold
Symbolic talismans have often been used to mark a threshold, to ward off bad spirits or show status. People often decorate their threshold to represent their individuality.
I have been working with groups of young people from the neighbourhood around the new developments to generate starting points for the designs.
The student designers were asked to look up and create their own symbols to represent the notion of Home for use within the designs for the threshold glass.
The symbolic motifs have been layered within the double glazed units with maps of the local neighbourhood relevant to each site. The resulting artwork marks the threshold between private and public space.
Part 2 Home: Worlds Within
To celebrate the work produced in the local communities, I have also been working with local young people to generate their own artwork for an exhibition at the Museum of Cambridge as part of the Curating Cambridge Festival coordinated by the University of Cambridge.
Find out more about the Worlds Within exhibition here
Part 3 Thesholds Neighbourhood trails
Working with Discovery games I have devised three distinct treasure trails relating to the local areas around each development. Distributed to the wider community and to each new resident, the trail creates a context to encourage people across their 'Threshold', to explore their neighbourhood.