Call for applications: Community Art Project, Whitleigh, Plymouth

Call for applications: Community Art Project, Whitleigh, Plymouth


Commissioner – Whitleigh Big Local
Project Partners – Sandy Wager of Whitleigh Arts, Tom Buckley of Whitleigh Edibles & Whitleigh’s over 50’s Residents

Whitleigh Big Local & Whitleigh Arts have joined together to commission an artist or collective of artists to create, design and install up to six park benches to aid and encourage our residents, of all ages and abilities, to add gentle exercise to their daily routine and to enjoy their community surroundings.


Background to the project

Whitleigh Big Local is a 10-year Big Lottery funded project. The Bench Project will help people living in Whitleigh to embrace healthier lifestyles and benefit from improved wellbeing through enjoying nature on their doorstep.
The terrain in Whitleigh is very steep in places, which makes walking a task for some of our residents, especially those who are elderly and disabled.
The benches will be placed in accordance to the terrain and Whitleigh resident’s requirements.
It is required that a small library compartment be attached to each bench.


The Commission

This is a new and exciting commission for Whitleigh, which aims to bring together art, nature and people. The aim is to create, design and install an artistic/sculptural intervention ( 6 individualy designed benches -seats ) (s) in Whitleigh which will enhance the local envirnoment and enable residents to have small meetings spaces).
The commission will directly involve working with local community members to develop and shape the piece of work/s. We expect the selected artist/s to be able to facilitate engagement (with support from the project team) and develop the piece/s in collaboration with local residents and Sandy Wager, Founder of Whitleigh Arts.
The project has no budget for maintenance and the benches must therefore be durable, sustainable and able to weather or adapt over time. The space for the commission is very open to the public and consideration for building something sympathetic to the landscape is very important.


Commission aims

To directly work with the local community, project partners in the creative process
To deliver a work that engages the community as part of the process of creation (i.e. consultation, production, etc) and develops the ownership of the work for local people
To use robust and natural materials in a creative way
To be sympathetic to the local environment while being innovative and thought provoking
To think about interpretation of the site to deliver something relevant, coherent and in collaboration with local people
To deliver an accessible sculpture that can be well used/seen


Artistic Engagement

The artist/s must engage creatively with the community and the project partners to shape and grow the ideas and content Participants will bring to the project knowledge, wisdom and experiences, which must clearly influence the artwork. The artwork will need to be installed as part of this process and there is an expectation that participants can help with some, if not all, of the installation process in collaboration with Plymouth City Council who are responsible for the green spaces in Whitleigh.


Community Engagement

We will expect the artist/s to carry out local site visits and deliver creative consultation with community groups and deliver a minimum of 6 days-worth of workshops/making days (Whitleigh Big Local & Whitleigh Arts will provide support/community liaison for this).
The activities should enable participants to develop new skills and explore, document and share their experiences through the process in a friendly, empowering, productive, visual, and fun way.


Monitoring and Reporting

The artist must:
Provide the commissioners with evaluative information
Inform the commissioners in advance of any issues that may impact on the project delivery
Provide their own public liability insurance and have a self-employed status


Timescales and budgets

Total budget for the project is £12,000 (£2,000 per bench) for the created pieces including engagement with the local community, development time, construction and artist time and fees. A payment schedule will be worked out between the artist and commissioners once the work has been commissioned.
A schedule for the build/work with the project partners will be agreed but it is hoped that build work can take place end May/Late June 2018.

Closing date for applications is Friday 2nd March 2018
Interviews will take place week commencing 7th March 2018 until 14th March 2018 – the time for this is to be confirmed with applicants
It is imperative to note there is no ongoing budget for maintenance of the work produced.

Please send us your website link or photos of previous commissions and include your name, address and phone number to  –  01752 313645 for more information.



The project must be completed and the artwork installed by Late-June 2018.



This commission will be overseen and managed By Sandy Wager ( Whitleigh Arts ) and Pippa St John Cooper ( Whitleigh Big Local )




9th December 2016

Organised and run by Dave Griffiths, owner of Porkies Cafe, Whitleigh Green.

A fantastic success, I don’t think we have ever seen Whitleigh Green so packed with residents!  Happy faces everywhere….

Dave Griffiths, we all thank you for putting on another wonderful Family Christmas Fair, it gets better and better each year!

Photography by Sandy Wager.


Can you spot anyone you know in the photos below ???

Click on any photo to enlarge.


On Thursday 25th August from 10am until 12pm Whitleigh Arts will be running FREE workshops and demonstrations at the New Whitleigh Community Hub, 15, Whitleigh Green. (between The Albemarle Inn and Whitleigh Green Shops)


TEL: 01752 313645




Chain-Mailled, Jewellery Designs



Author Ruth Snell – Haiku and Writing Website


Art By Sandy Wager – Art demos



Abbi Cory – Abstract Artist, Ceramics and Glass Art. Studio 102 Website


Michael Sullivan – Former Plymouth Poet Laureate.

FB Page…


More info to come soon 🙂


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The Big Lunch on Whitleigh Green

Tom Buckley had another successful event on Saturday 11th June 2016. The Big Lunch was held on Whitleigh Green and inside St Chads Church Hall.

Bouncy castle, Circus skills, Face painting, Crafts, Live music, Pebble painting with Whitleigh Arts.

Uskate Extreme Sports & Circus   Website

Creative Faces – Website:-

Mr Bounce Bouncy Castles – Website:-




Tom Buckley


Photograph by Tom Buckley


Photograph by Tom Buckley


Photograph by Tom Buckley


Whitleigh Arts – Photograph by Sandy Wager


Photograph by Sandy Wager


Photograph by Sandy Wager


Photograph by Sandy Wager


Photograph by Sandy Wager


Photograph by Sandy Wager


Photograph by Sandy Wager


Photograph by Sandy Wager


Photograph by Sandy Wager


Photograph by Sandy Wager


Photograph by Sandy Wager


Whitleigh Arts – Photograph by Sandy Wager


Whitleigh Arts – Photograph by Sandy Wager


Whitleigh Arts – Photograph by Sandy Wager


Whitleigh Arts – Photograph by Sandy Wager


Whitleigh Arts – Photograph by Sandy Wager


Whitleigh Arts – Photograph by Sandy Wager


Whitleigh Arts – Photograph by Sandy Wager


Photograph by Sandy Wager

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Photograph by Jeni Lewitt


Photograph by Jeni Lewitt


Photograph by Jeni Lewitt


Photograph by Jeni Lewitt


Tom Buckley. Photograph by Jeni Lewitt


Photograph by Jeni Lewitt


Photograph by Jeni Lewitt


Photograph by Jeni Lewitt


Photograph by Jeni Lewitt


Photograph by Jeni Lewitt




Hiya Whitleigh! NewsLetter-Winter 2015



Our latest edition of the Whitleigh newsletter was distributed in December 2015. Here is the online version of Hiya Whitleigh! for all those who did not have their copy delivered.

Lots of exciting news for our Whitleigh Residents. See what we have done so far and what plans we have for 2016.

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The Whitleigh Words Writing Contest Winners & Entrants

The Whitleigh Words Festival Writing Contest Winners & Entrants

Thank you and well done to everyone who entered the Whitleigh Writing Contest 2015.

I wanted to run this contest because I believe that for some people it is their only way to express their thoughts and feelings. My hope was to have entries from those who were also not great with grammar and spelling, happily, that is what I got from some entrants and their writings were full of depth and feelings. That is what writing is all about, not being judged on your ability to write or the standard of a person’s education and not being afraid to express yourself! Writing from your heart and soul is the always the best way forward.

Below you will be able to read the nine winning poems, songs and stories. 


1st Jack Horne – Carol Concert

Carol Concert

2nd Ruth Muttlebury – Acrostic Sonnet For Whitleigh

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3rd Ray Glasson – Our Home

Our Home


1st Trudy Ruth Roden – Julia’s Wish

Julias Wish

2nd Carol Ager – Memories Of Whitleigh

Memories Of Whitleigh

3rd Jack Horne – Vampire Rendezvous

Vampire Rendevous


1st Mike Tracey – Life Of Firsts

Life Of Firsts

2nd Stuart Dann – Keep Shining Bright

Keep Shining Bright

3rd Judith Thompson – My Family

My Family0002




“A BIT OF A DO” 2016
Places to go! New suggestions always welcome.


The Abbey Inn on the River, 30 Buckfast Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 OEA. Telephone: 01364 642343.


The South Devon Railway, or SDR, is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line. Adults and senior citizens: £7.00 return. (prices for 2015). Buckfastleigh station & The Refreshment Rooms (Lunches & Snacks) is the best starting point for your journey as we have easy, flat access and parking very close to the platform.


House of Marbles, The Old Pottery, Pottery Road, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9DS. Tel: 01626 835285. No Admission Charge. FREE Parking. You can book for lunch in the restaurant, please call 01626 835285. Coach groups welcome.


Goodrington South & North Sands. Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6LN . Tel: 01803 665485. Attractions, boating lake, race in go-karts, play crazy golf or visit to The Seashore Centre. Disabled access to the beach. Lunches available at The Premier Inn.


Hope Cove, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon
Disabled access and toilets to the beach. On-Site café/restaurant. The Cove Cafe Bar.


The Sloop Inn, Bantham, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3AJ or lunch at the Hope And Anchor


Overbeck’s, Sharpitor, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LW. Telephone: 01548 842893.
The seaside home of inventor and scientist Otto Overbeck. His gardens and house are perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe. The house is full of surprises. A magical polyphon (A disc playing music box) still plays, and cabinets of butterflies and bugs sit happily with collections of dolls, toys and model boats. Take lunch or tea in the old billard room, a favourite of the convalescing First World War soldiers or eat alfresco on the warm, sheltered terrace.


The Pig’s Nose Inn, East Prawle , Kingsbridge , Devon ,TQ7 2BY . Tel: (01548) 511209
Siuated on the Village Green. Traditional Pub Food (See Food & Drink.) Order at the bar.


The Guardhouse Cafe, Berry Head, Brixham.
The cafe is located on a cliff top in Berry Head nature reserve, inside a Napoelonic-era fortress. Whether your passion is history, wildlife, walking or relaxing with family and friends in a beautiful place. Local hot and cold food,Home-made cakes, fairtrade coffee, Teapigs tea, alcoholic and soft drinks – and of course the famous Guardhouse Cream Teas! Spectacular views!


Beachhouse, South Milton, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3JY. 01548 561144.
Uniquely situated at south milton sands with stunning panoramic views. Extensive menu includes fresh seafoods, steaks, burgers, pasta’s and salads.


Cockington Court, Torquay, TQ2 6XA


St Austell Market


The Shire Horse Centre, Yealpmton near Plymouth
Hoping to re-open in 2016


Indoor Bowls Taster Day with Buffet at The Bere Alston Bowls Club. With bar!



From 2016 “A Bit Of A Do” will be held at the Albemarle Inn, Budshead Road on the 1st Wednesday of the month starting on 6th January.
We are always looking for musicians & entertainers for our monthly events at The Albemarle Inn.
Keep up to date with what is happening on the website at Scroll a little way down and you will see information about our “A Bit Of A Do” events and news.
See Sandy Wager’s art website
Contact Sandy Wager (Wendy) on 01752 313645 or by email at