Northampton Art Collective
08 Dec 2010
Northampton Arts Collective have recently undertaken a refurbishment of their Arts Venue at the Fishmarket in Northampton, using a grant received from East Midlands Regional Assembly. The refurbishment incorporated a number of different areas, for which 'up- and- coming' design companies were sought to carry out the work.
Artemis Landscape Architects were chosen to transform an area previously used as car-parking to the rear of the venue into an inspiring 'urban courtyard garden' to be used in conjunction with the cafe and also to host outdoor film screenings and performances.
River Nene Regional Park offered further funding from its Grant Scheme to this garden area which is open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, and whenever evening openings/ showings are taking place.
The design was based around a scaffolding structure, exploiting both its function of creating a framework and relatively quick method of levelling and concealing a tired, sloping concrete surface, but also for its aesthetic. Celebrating its functionality in exposing fittings and fixtures, the design also aims to re-use materials where possible, providing an affordable and sustainable method of creating an atmospheric, exciting space. The modular nature of this construction also means that the space can evolve with the needs and successes of the Fishmarket as an Arts Venue. Areas remain open to allow views for film screenings, whilst grids, blocks of material, planting, or coloured lighting form shifting perspectives as the user moves around the space.