POP IN THE PARK: Contemporary art comes to Wicksteed Park.

POP IN THE PARK is a series of large-scale, site-related, ephemeral art works taking place at Wicksteed Park, Kettering, 14th June – 12th Sept 2021.

Pop in the Park presents international artist Susan Williams MRSS working in collaboration with Wicksteed Park and local people to create a stream of engaging art experiences including temporary installations, video and animation and online and onsite workshops throughout the summer as part of the Wicksteed Park Centenary Festival of Fun. The project takes place throughout the park with a September exhibition in Wicksteed Park’s central project space and via Wicksteed social media and dedicated social media. This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Susan will be working throughout the summer, creating large-scale ‘pop-up’ art works that celebrate the park and its communities. The project will develop a series of installations that appear and disappear throughout the park, mushrooming up, exciting different places and people, prompting discussion and engagement, evolving into an exciting series of art experiences.

Wicksteed Park’s Community and Heritage Manager Tracey Clarke and artist Susan Williams explored the potential of the park to make engaging artworks offering new experiences that reflected everyday lives. Their aim was to engage as wide an audience as possible whilst focussing the important role Wicksteed has in the community. "Wicksteed offers its beautiful landscape and entertainment facilities providing recreation, a meeting place, nature and wellbeing to the people of Kettering. I want to make art that embraces these aspects, embraces the public and encourages conversations. I often use everyday materials, shoes for example, that not only reflects the park’s heritage and history of Kettering but that also act as a bridge, using familiar objects in unusual way"