Total Policing – Cate Watkinson

“The words ‘Total Policing’ used as a strap line by the Northumbria Force and suggested the idea of a circular piece encompassing all. The piece is made from polished stainless steel and curved glass. The inner ring has a series of words cut into the steel through which light shines and enabling the words to be reflected in the highly polished stainless steel sphere. These words selected from the 2020 Vision document include the following: Attentive, Responsive, Reliable and Skilled.”  Watkinson Glass Associates

“Large scale public art commission to design and fabricate glass, stainless steel and light work to be sited in front of the new state of the art building housing the Northumbria Area Command Head Quarters. Technically, this work has been developed from and is based on research carried out through the Technology Strategy Board funded solar cell seating project, where knowledge gained from the previous work into LED lighting has informed the development of this innovative public art piece.”   Sunderland University Website

Or to quote the Daily Mail :-

Raoul Moat police force spend £50k on ‘steel ball in a hula hoop …
Daily Mail-5 Feb 2011

Northumberland Police HQ Wallsend
Northumberland Police HQ Wallsend

 

Hartley Pit Disaster Memorial Window

“There is a great deal written and recorded from the time and since the pit disaster at New Hartley in 1862 and this wealth of information became the basis of the research for the window. It was felt that making an illustrative panel depicting the scenes of that fateful January day would not be appropriate. Instead, it was decided that the idea of making a more abstracted design telling the story in a less literal way would be a better approach. As there are two windows it was decided to take the theme of ‘death’ for the left hand window and ‘resurrection’ for the right hand window. The darkness and the light.” Watkinson Glass Associates

New Hartley Pit Disaster Memorial Window, St Alban’s Church, Earsdon
New Hartley Pit Disaster Memorial Window, St Alban’s Church, Earsdon

This means in practise that anyone standing at the alter can simultaneously see both sides of life, the darkness and the light, death and resurrection, particularly striking when the sun is at a certain point in the sky, the windows can look like they are on fire.

Hartley Memorial Heritage Panel
Hartley Memorial Heritage Panel
Hartley Memorial, St Albans
Hartley Memorial, St Albans Church, Earsdon

Time to… Cate Watkinson 2006

Made from stainless steel and glass, commissioned by Metier, Newcastle City Council & The Sponsors Club. This land mark piece, reflects the energy and immediacy of the city in sparkling stainless steel, glass and light, acting as a link between the city, the Eastern Quayside and east end, bringing the two sides of the Ouseburn valley closer together. With its frosted glass surface and its curved stainless steel facing towards the river in a rising open V shape, the piece makes reference to the V shape of the Ouseburn Valley.

The asymmetrical top reflects the triangular shapes made by the silhouette of the Byker Wall against the skyline, making a link between one side of the valley and the other.

Time to… Cate Watkinson 2006
Time to… Cate Watkinson 2006

Canopy Cate Watkinson 2000

Made from etched glass and commissioned by the Art on the Riverside Weather Vanes Project, this work is an etched glass canopy located over the entrance to the Sailors Bethel. The artist developed the ideas included in the work with the children of Byker Primary School.

Canopy Newcastle Quayside Art
Canopy Cate Wilkinson

L. S. Lowry painted the Sailors Bethel in a painting called ‘Old Chapel”

Sailors Bethel Quayside
Sailors Bethel Quayside

 

Nine Things to Do on a Bench – Cate Watkinson & Julia Darling 2001

GTP employed Insite Environment to produce a unique suite of street furniture. Nine of the benches were double aspect, which created an opportunity for the artists to create a design depicting what can happen on benches. Etched into the glass forming the back of each bench, the designs make a witty and attractive addition to the streetscape. The glass is illuminated by LEDs.