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Above: Still from short film Perfume Disco Coma by artist Jordan Baseman commissioned by Atoll as part of the Widnes Waterfront public art programme and strategy. 

Above: Exhibition poster of artist William Titley's photographs of Lahore and Chandigarh currently being exhibited at Al-hamra Art Gallery Lahore. Exhibition includes accompanying Lahore Chandigarh book with feature article by Ian Banks.

Above: New Artist Call website developed and managed to help advertise and manage received Expressions of Interest for 10 new schools artist residencies worth up to £10,000 each for Blackburn with Darwen's Building Schools for the Future Phase 3 & 4. Ongoing.

Above: Atoll have recently completed a feasibility into the potential of the major £3.5m public art sculture being proposed by artist Andy Edwards and a strategtic partnership to commemorate the Staffordshire Hoard at trentham Gardens. Click on the link for the unveiling of the Staffordshire Saxon at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Haley, Stoke-on-Trent.

Above: Atoll have just completed work on the new Public Art and the Riverside Strategy for the Garthdee campus of Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Atoll collaborates on this with new media artist Clive Gillman and lighting consultants Lightfolio.

Above: Bradford City Park with it's new Mirrorpool. Atoll were public art consultants on this project working as part of a team led by Gillespies LLP. Artists commissioned included Wolfgang Buttress (sculptural light columns and play sculptures) and Haque:: Design + Research (interactive fountains).

Ian Banks is collaborating with artist Noah Rose to act as public art coordinator for the Towns and Village Regeneration Scheme for the Isle of Man governemnt. Strategies are being produced for Laxey, Ramsey, Peel, Port Erin and Port St Mary, and further coordination is also being offered to Douglas and Castletown to aid the work of artists the Broadbent Studio there. Check out Atoll project blog: Seven Manx Towns .

Above: Private View Made Public by artist Patrica Mackinnon-Day was enabled out of the commissioning fund created for Ian Banks as part of the Spaces Cheshire initiative. These series of time-lapse video capture the beautiful landscpaes of Cheshires Sandstone Ridge and formed a key part of the HLF-funded Habitats and Hillforts programme.

Above: Made by Broomhead Homemade, click on Pleckgate Walk Youtube video, part of artist-architect Tony Broomhead's residency at Pleckgate High School in Blackburn. Commissioned by Atoll as part of Ian Banks's role of Arts Advisor for Shine, the Local Education Partnership delivering 8 new or remodelled schools for the town under (the since scrapped) Building Schools for the Future.

Above: Frigger lighting poles by Berlin-based KAPOK for Sunniside Partnership and incorporating interactiuve sound art by Bill Fontana.

Above: Atoll collaborated with beam on the curation and artist selection of Future Flower by Tonkin Liu for Widnes Waterfront EDZ

"People are often cynical about pieces of public art but we see this piece, coupled with the extensive public art programme as making a real difference to the environment. The Future Flower demonstrates growth, civic pride and our belief in the area." Cllr Tony McDermott: Halton Borough Council Leader

"At this site industry meets nature, with a stunningly beautiful light that reflects off the water and the mud plains. Our proposal catches the light and the wind, and marks a point on the horizon of the River Mersey. The Future Flower also extends our interest in natural geometry and structures that respond to the weather."  Anna Liu: Tonkin Liu Director

Above: Along with artist Noah Rose, Atoll have been awarded the prize for Best Use of Creative Space by the 5th Creativity Works in Business Awards for their jointly curated temporary public art and artist development festival called Hiddenplace in Burnley.

Above: Atoll are currently curating the public art programme for the £26m Mirror Pool City Park for the City of Bradford as part of a design team including Gillespies, Arup and Sturgeon North Architects. Potential commissions include the Soundpool created by sound artist Janek Schaefer. Other potentially commissioned artists include Wolfgang Buttress and Usman Haque. Click on the image above to play a video introduction to the Soundpool proposal.

Above: Funded by Burnley MBC and Tesco, and in collaboration with artist Noah Rose, Atoll have curated an award-winning temporary public art festival for Burnley called hiddenplace. The festival featured works of 7 local artists: Love & Etiquette Foundation; Stephen Connelly; Lucy Bergman; Jill Randall; Karen Lyons; Kerry Morrison; and Alison White. The programme won an award for Best Use of Creative Space at the 2009 CreativityWorks awards.

Above: Video and mobile cinema installation of Reindeer Loves Adelphi by artist Lucy Bergman as part of Hiddenplace Burnley. May 2009.

Above: Ian Banks participating in an Expert Group visioning workshop looking at Morecambe Bay Regional Park. Part of the Regional Parks Exchange initiative organised by Mersey Basin Campaign: September 2008.

Above: Proposal for a network of artist residencies forming a 'Community Gateway' as part of a greenway loop around Preston to celebrate the 2012 Preston Guild Merchant. Image shown is taken from a presentation to the Preston City Council Public Art Forum - May 2008.

Above: In afilliation with Robinson Landscape Design and light consultants Light Folio, Atoll are currently engaged as public art consultants for Sunniside Partnership in Sunderland.

Images show are extracted from a recent Board presentation illustrating the latest designs for: 'Frigger' light-reflecting poles by Berlin-based architects KAPOK; Jesmonite resin seating by Gotthenberg-based product designer Charlie Davidson; interactive audio installations by San Fransisco-based sound artist Bill Fontana; and 'Alice in Sunderland' - a series of video projections by London-based video artists SDNA TV.

Above: Explore Longton workshop presentation delivered as part of Arts Council England's 2 year regional public art pilot called Explore Initiative. Up to 10 workshops will be delivered in collaboration with artists - who as of May 2008 have included (amongst others): David Patten, Tim Knowles, Dave Pollard and Trevor Pitt.


Above: As part of the joint research and consultation carried out by Atoll with artist Noah Rose, on the Creative Scope for Burnleys new masterplan (produced by BDP), a creative consultation event called 'Culture? Burnley? Where? - A Mystery Day Out' was held on Wednesday 19 July. It was attended by 8 Burnley-based Creative Professionals, plus Ian Banks and Noah Rose. The day was structured to include a guided walk along the waterways (both hidden and well-used) of Burnley, including the River Calder and the Leeds Liverpool canal.  This was followed by an informal facilitated discussion. The day was documented by still photographs and a film, recording the journey and discussions between participants.

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Above: Be Happy - Conceptual design for temporary signage programme for Burnley Creative Scoping. Project being prepared jointly with artist Noah Rose for Burnley BC. 2006 & ongoing. www.noahrose.co.uk

Above: Working in collaboration with artist Michael Trainor on his draft design and feasibility for both Eye Con, a relocatable light and projection pod; and the Festival of Moving Image for St Helens BC: 2005

Above: Working in collaboration with artist Michael Trainor on his draft design and feasibility for both Eye Con, a relocatable light and projection pod; and the Festival of Moving Image for St Helens BC: 2005

Above: Appointed in conjunction with Public Arts to prepare the public art review and strategy for the Northern Way for Arts Council England - Yorkshire www.public-arts.co.uk www.thenorthernway.co.uk www.artscouncil.org.uk : 2006

Above: Appointed in conjunction with artist Michael Trainor of Pop Empires to prepare the art-in-public strategy and preliminary town centre arts programme for St Helens Borough Council : 2005

Above: New Era Community Centre: Accrington: poured floor resin design for Pozzoni Design Group -  www.pozzoni-group.co.uk 2000 Usha Mahenthiralingam


Above: Mobile public art proposal for NWDA and James Irlams Hauliers 2003

Above: New Era Community Centre: Accrington: lino floor design for Pozzoni Design Group -  www.pozzoni-group.co.uk 2000   Usha Mahenthiralingam

Above: Original logo artwork prepared by Atoll for the Panopticon
project (a project name  also suggested by Atoll): 2003.