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Countryside has worked with specialist cultural agency Futurecity to develop a Public Art Strategy for Great Kneighton. This has led to the commissioning of some of the UK's leading contemporary public artists to deliver one of the largest public art programmes in the UK. 

As the development progresses, ‘public art’ is being introduced, a mix of permanent art, as well as temporary community-based events and activities. It all began in 2010, when creative workshops were used to collect ideas about the arts and their place in the lives of existing Trumpington residents. Over 200 people took part, contributing stories, ideas, drawings and sculptures. The response was inspirational and the 'Art and Living' book was produced to carry on inspiring everyone who gets involved in the future of Great Kneighton and Trumpington.

Countryside believe that embedding art projects into the fabric and life of Great Kneighton will give Great Kneighton a unique identity rooted in the local areas rich culture and character as well as helping to link all parts of the development and to connect the existing and new communities.

Great Kneighton’s exciting public art programme continues to evolve. The six different art projects commissioned in 2012 have grown into six highly collaborative projects, led by the artists but involving residents and the wider community.


HABITORIALS: A Showground of Real Living’ is Great Kneighton’s creative community engagement project that has been running since January 2015.  It’s aim is to bring Great Kneighton and Trumpington residents together, to build a sense of community and create projects for the future community life of Great Kneighton. 

It is led by Artists Jeanne Van Heeswijk and Britt Jurgensen who have based themselves in one of the Show Homes.  Through the project, the Show Home has become a Public Home for residents; an interim space where community led events and activities have taken place in the run up to the Community Centre opening in 2017. 

A film showing highlights of some of the Habitorials events can be viewed here.

Residents are invited to take part in developing the large community garden at Great Kneighton.

Artists London Fieldworks are undertaking a three-stage wildlife project engaging with the areas distinct biodiversity, creating new homes for the wildlife alongside those for the human population. Permanent sculptures have been created and installed to provide habitats for insects. A new film is also being produced to capture the project. 

Heather and Ivan Morison are creating a focal point artwork to be installed in Hobson’s Square at the heart of Great Kneighton. Drawing on some of the amazing archaeological discoveries and history of the site, ‘Bronze House’ will rise up from a footprint of Bronze Age postholes uncovered on the site - the earliest indication of human settlement. ‘Bronze House’ imagines an architectural form as a strong marker, a gathering place, a central focus for a new community. 

Nils Norman is developing public art proposals for Great Kneighton’s 120 acre Country Park, as well as the allotments and community gardens. 

Nils has already created the bird screens located within the wetland area of the Country Park and is designing the three new footbridges that will cross Hobson’s Brook and the vehicular bridge to the allotments.  These bridges will provide access from the development into the Country Park. In addition to this he is designing seating and way-finding across the park and is part of the team designing the Active Recreation Area also to be located within the Country Park.

At the northern end of the site next to Long Road, Sean Edwards is creating pieces that draw on the agricultural heritage of the site.  

A Ghost Sign that appears to be from a time long ago, honours the tenant farmers who worked the farmland on which the new homes at Aura stand. 

He is now working on the second stage of his project, working with residents to explore life on the development and help create ideas for further public art.

Across the entire site Simon and Tom Bloor are developing embedded ‘Art & Play’ that encourage informal play and interaction for all ages. They are working on designs to create informal opportunities for play alongside the formal play areas being delivered throughout the development.  They have also been involved in the design of the Paragon, and are currently working on designs for two public spaces adjacent to Trumpington Community College and the new primary school site at Great Kneighton. They have also been involved in the design of the

Active Recreation Area within the country park, alongside Nils Norman.

To find out more about the delivery of public art at Great Kneighton you can read our Public Art Strategy.