About this blog

The London Road Gateway Project Bath aims to improve the public realm of the stretch of London Road, between Cleveland Place junction, and Morrisons Supermarket.

Bath based artist Jane Veveris Callan has been commissioned by Bath and North East Somerset Council to create decorative designs to go onto the tree planters, and grilles that will form part of the improvements.

Jane collaborated with Alan Summers and Karen Hoy of Call of the Page, formerly known as 'With Words', to work with the community, gathering local history and stories as words, with haiku and renga poems, which have informed her resulting designs.

This blog has been created to share some of the creative process.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Words on the A4 project to be included in TV documentary.

Yesterday saw the planters and tree grilles being included in a documentary being made for Japanese TV broadcaster NHK.

Film-maker Christopher Evans is producing a documentary about Haiku and Renga poet Alan Summers of 'Call of the Page' for an 'East meets West' piece about westerners influenced by Japanese culture.

Christopher interviewed poet Alan, artist Jane Veveris Callan and local councillor & deputy Mayor of Bath & North East Somerset, Lisa Brett about the project. 
Alan organising a Renga Poetry workshop at which local residents worked together to create a poem about living and working in this part of Bath, which informed Jane's designs.
Lisa who is also a local resident, worked tirelessly to help secure the funding for the Regeneration work and oversee the improvements, which included commissioning the planters and tree grilles.

Now the works are almost complete the greening up effect of the planters and trees in the central reservation can really be appreciated.

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