Neville Gabie appointed Olympic Park artist-in-residence
15th November 2010
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has confirmed which artist will undertake a 16-month residency at the Olympic Park in London.
Neville Gabie has been tasked with delivering a number of artist-led, participatory projects for local communities and the workforce of the Olympic Park development.
The artist, whose work concentrates on the changing nature of locations and communities that reside and work in them, has previously completed residencies in China and western Australia.
Gabie commented: 'This project brings together things that I have long been passionate about - the diversity of community, engagement with people and place and a shared experience of sport and play.'
Sarah Weir, head of arts and cultural strategy at the ODA, said that the organisation chose Gabie as its artist-in-residence in the hope his work will create a 'sense of ownership and local involvement' in the park's workforce and communities.
A number of artistic and cultural events have been planned for the Olympic Park ahead of and during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the aim of improving the area for local people and making it more attractive to visitors.