Tall order for Dancehouse artist

A VISUAL artist has been commissioned by Ipswich-based DanceEast to create a work of public art for the new Jerwood DanceHouse on Ipswich Waterfront.The commissioned work to be completed by London-based Stuart Haygarth will be installed in the three storey foyer of the DanceHouse.

A VISUAL artist has been commissioned by Ipswich-based DanceEast to create a work of public art for the new Jerwood DanceHouse on Ipswich Waterfront.

The commissioned work to be completed by London-based Stuart Haygarth will be installed in the three storey foyer of the DanceHouse.

Mr Haygarth said: “I propose to create a large scale chandelier composed from materials relating to the site.

“The work will create atmosphere and drama in the cavernous space and complement the austere industrial interior. “The main challenge so far has been designing the piece to work comfortably in the available space. Although it is a large space it is extremely tall but not very wide.

“The design therefore needs to be very tall and narrow to accommodate the space efficiently.”

Assis Carreiro, artistic director and chief executive of DanceEast, said: “Stuart Haygarth inspired the panel with his past works, and particularly his vision of turning the mundane into the extraordinary.

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“This commission is a real step forward in the next stage of the DanceHouse as we go from construction to fit-out, ready for the opening next autumn”.

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Born in Lancashire, Haygarth's career started in commercial photography and photographic illustration.

Since 2004, he has worked on design projects based on the collections of objects, reworking them as chandeliers, installation art, functional and sculptural pieces.

He has exhibited around the world and been commissioned by clients such as Habitat, the Design Museum in London, cosmetics company Mac and the windows at Selfridges.

Based in the East of England, DanceEast is one of the nation's leading dance organisations.

From classes for people with physical and learning disabilities, through to professional masterclasses, DanceEast aims to bring opportunities to dance to everyone across East Anglia and to promote dance as a pastime for fun and fitness for everyone.

Working in partnership with theatres across the region, DanceEast brings world-class dance performances to the East of England, and supports Bonachela Dance Company and Wayne McGregor|Random Dance as Associate Dance Companies.