Princesshay Development

InSite Arts developed for Princesshay a strategy and framework to support a series of artist and architect collaborations with Wilkinson Eyre Landscape Architects, Chapman Taylor Architects and BDP Lighting. The commission identified for the Almshouses located on the edge of the development involved collaboration with the whole project team to develop a work for this Scheduled Ancient Monument. The installation designed by Patricia Mackinnon-Day reanimated the derelict site encapsulating artefacts excavated by the archaeologists within glass doors, the design of which mirrored the original shape and location of where the building once stood. Excerpts from the 'Chapter Acts Book' detailing everyday events from those that once lived there have been sandblasted into the paving around the site.

InSite was appointed at concept design stage of the development, which gave the opportunity for the art commissions to be firmly integrated into the overall scheme. The principal aim for the architectural layout and design for Princesshay was
the opening up of vistas to the medieval cathedral. Katayoun Dowlatshahi's glass installation enhances that concept by capturing details of each of the cathedrals tracery windows on the glass pavilion designed by Panter Hudspith Architects. InSite Arts also commissioned temporary work by artist photographer Patrick Shanahan to animate 30 meters of hoarding. Images of 'lost' views of the city were captured by Shanahan and exhibited in the site gallery and Information Centre as well as in light boxes on site hoardings. A bronze memorial to Exeter, post the World War II Blitz, was commissioned from local artist Roger Dean to stand in the Memorial Gardens.