One way trial for Keynsham.

One way trial for Keynsham.

Bath & North East Somerset Council has announced details of the one-way trial for Keynsham High Street.

The trial scheme is in response to public support for the idea received during consultation on the Council’s Placemaking Plan and the Keynsham Transport Strategy. Residents in Keynsham wished to see an improved shopping experience, with reduced traffic making it quieter and less congested. If the trial is successful, it would enable permanent improvements to be made such as widening of the footways to give pedestrians more space.

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The proposed new system.

As part of the Keynsham, High Street trial, the following changes will take place: 

·         A one-way system will work southbound on the High Street from Charlton Road towards Bath Hill.

·         A new bus stop will be added southbound, while a cycle contraflow will be created northbound towards Charlton Road.

·         At the end of the High Street, all southbound traffic except buses, taxis and bicycles will need to turn left down Bath Hill.

·         The current roundabout at the top of Bath Hill will be removed, creating a junction here between the High Street and Bath Hill/Temple Street. There will be no right turn into the High Street for traffic coming up Bath Hill.

Ashton Way will remain two-way to all traffic. If the trial is successful, implementation of a permanent one-way system would enable more significant changes to be made to the High Street in future. These could include widening of the pedestrian areas and additional street furniture such as more public seating.

Cllr Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The idea of trialling a one-way system on Keynsham High Street is something which has been discussed for many years and also gained a lot of support among residents during the consultation into the Keynsham Transport Strategy as a way of improving the pedestrian environment in the town centre.

“The Council’s Highways Design team has been working closely with ward councillors in Keynsham over the last couple of months to ensure that the proposed design for the trial will enable us to give the most accurate picture of traffic flows under the new arrangement.

“I am pleased to say that the inclusion of developer funding during this process has enabled construction of a new bus lay by in Ashton Way and the signalisation of the pedestrian crossing on Charlton Road, both of which will have long term benefits for Keynsham.”

Construction is expected to start in Ashton Way on Monday 27 February, with the trial layout expected to come into effect in May.

During the trial, we will be undertaking a paper-based and online consultation process with the public about how they would like to see the space on the High Street developed. The project web page at www.bathnes.gov.uk/keynsham will feature news and updates regarding opportunities to get involved in this process.

 

All of a flutter at the Abbey.

All of a flutter at the Abbey.

 

Last summer saw Bath Abbey filled temporarily with hundreds of colourful paper butterflies as part of the city-wide Forest of the Imagination Festival.

The Abbey will see the return of these exotic creations this week in a year-long installation by Bath-based artist, Anthony Head. 

iMigration 2 by Anthony Head is a large-scale sculpture, a swarm of colourful paper butterflies, spanning five metres and suspended ten metres up in the air in the Abbey’s South Transept.

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An image from the 2016 installation at Bath Abbey.

The first impression for visitors is of a single group, a swarm of creatures that appear to be the same. However, on closer inspection, the viewer will discover that each butterfly is unique, with its own digital genetic code and individual wing pattern influenced by random mutations.

The artist, Anthony Head, explains: “iMigration 2 explores the themes of migration, diversity and individuality. In the swarm, each butterfly is unique, created with a variety of technologies and featuring colour and patterns designed using computer coding, influenced by the mathematics of nature. The butterflies will move gently in the air currents that fill the Abbey as if travelling on a migration.

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This year’s display in the South Transept.

“In today’s world of human migration and its reporting, it’s easy to forget how unique each person is, to reduce people to anonymous groups, stereotypes, or just numbers. My hope is that once the viewer has had a chance to enjoy looking at the swarm of butterflies as a whole, they will be drawn to look closer at each one. The artwork is a provocation to not be satisfied by our world saturated by ‘mass’ media reporting, statistics and the digital consumption of news. It asks you to seek and listen to individual stories by human beings who are affected by migration. Hence iMigration.” 

Stephen Girling, one of the Abbey’s vicars, said: “The sculpture made such an impact on us and our visitors last summer that we invited the artist, Anthony Head, to recreate this wonderful experience in our South Transept.  Not only is it a visually stunning piece, it provokes us to think about the worth of every individual caught up in human migration and to wrestle with issues of justice around both forced and economic migration”.

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The sculpture of colourful paper butterflies will remain in the Abbey for a year, from February 2017 to February 2018, so visitors and local residents will have plenty of opportunities to examine the artwork for themselves. 

Bath Abbey is open seven days a week for visiting (Mondays 9.30-5.30pm, Tuesdays 9am-5.30pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm and Sundays 1-2.30pm and 4.30-5.30pm) with regular services on weekdays and Sundays. For more information please visit www.bathabbey.org

 

History through a lens.

History through a lens.

A collection of iconic news photographs will go on display next month in a major new exhibition at  Bath’s  Victoria Art Gallery.

CHINA. Beijing. Tiananmen Square. 1989.

CHINA. Beijing. Tiananmen Square. 1989.

‘History through a Lens: Iconic Photographs from the Incite Project’ (25 February-10 May 2017), will feature more than 100 images that have changed public perception of world events.

The photographs have been selected from the Incite Project, a collection of issue-driven photographic prints motivated by current political and social concerns that are still within our power to correct. We are used to seeing these images in the press, accompanied by columns of text, but the Incite Project treats them as works of art.

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At the core of the collection are the classics of 20th-century photojournalism that have become visual markers of a moment in time – for example the assassination of JFK, a rare shot of the Normandy D-Day landing, Nelson Mandela in his cell on Robben Island, and the losses of life caused by 9:11 and overcrowded boats capsizing in the Mediterranean. 

Photographers represented include Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Don McCullin, Sebastiao Salgado and W. Eugene Smith.

The Incite Project is also motivated by a passion to support the photographers and artists currently making extraordinary images about contemporary issues. Thirty percent of the show consists of 21st-century prints, giving them and their makers a permanence they might otherwise lack.

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Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We are proud to be working with the Incite Project to stage this remarkable and thought-provoking exhibition, which local residents will be able to see for free with a Discovery Card.”

Incite is based in the UK and was started in 2012 by former photojournalist Harriet Logan and her husband. The collection is curated by Tristan Lund, formerly of the Michael Hoppen Gallery.

Exhibition tickets cost £4 for adults, £3.50 for concessions and are free for children 

Lunchtime exhibition tours

Every Thursday, between 2 March to 27 April inclusive, 12.30-13.00, lunchtime exhibition tours will take place. They are free to Discovery Card and ticket holders.

Roving Reporters 

Saturdays 4, 11, 18 & 25 March, 12.00-15.00

Students from Bath Spa University’s BA Acting programme convey the human stories behind the images. Let yourself be transported back in time to revisit how those key moments felt.