Temenos Progress Report
Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development: David
Director of Regeneration: Kevin Parkes
Date: 30 March 2010
PURPOSE OF THE REPORT
1. The purpose of this report is to inform the Executive of the latest position with
regard to the construction and launch programme for the implementation and
launch of Temenos, which is being undertaken by Tees Valley Regeneration (to be
Tees Valley Unlimited from 1st April 2010), as the lead body.
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
2. That the Executive notes the development of Temenos and the proposals for its
launch and endorses the programme to mark the completion of this major piece of
IF THIS IS A KEY DECISION WHICH KEY DECISION TEST APPLIES?
3. It is over the financial threshold (£75,000)
It has a significant impact on 2 or more wards
Non Key x
DECISION IMPLEMENTATION DEADLINE
4. For the purposes of the scrutiny call in procedure this report is
If urgent please give full reasons
BACKGROUND AND EXTERNAL CONSULTATION
5. Temenos is a public art installation of national and international importance being
constructed on the north side of Middlehaven dock. It will measure 50 metres in
height and 120 metres in length. The acclaimed sculptor Anish Kapoor and leading
structural designer Cecil Balmond were commissioned by Tees Valley
Regeneration (TVR) to bring the project to fruition. It is hoped that this is the first of
a number of major pieces that Anish Kapoor will provide in the Tees Valley. The
sculpture is now due for completion in May 2010. The work of Anish Kapoor has
recently been the subject of an exhibition at the Royal Academy and in a BBC
documentary featuring his life and work, this was described as “The Year of Anish
Kapoor”. Temenos is now beginning to receive significant national interest, as
highlighted in the Sunday Times on 31st January 2010.
6. Middlesbrough Council has been working alongside partners, Tees Valley
Regeneration, One North East, Homes and Communities Agency and The Arts
Council to oversee the implementation and launch of Temenos. To sit alongside this
strategic group, officers internally from Marketing, Culture, the Press Office, mima
and Environment have been meeting to ensure the project is embedded within the
community. Post 1st April 2010, Tees Valley Unlimited will lead on the Temenos
7. The completion of the piece is an opportunity to showcase the ambition of the town
and will contribute to the emerging momentum in the Middlehaven scheme. Clearly
major pieces of public art can contribute to developing a sense of place and local
identity. This is clearly demonstrated by the Angel of the North in Gateshead.
Temenos will be set in a landscape that already incorporates the Transporter
(Teesside‟s most iconic structure), the award winning architecture of Middlesbrough
College, the Riverside Stadium and the Dock Clock Tower and will be another icon
8. Construction activity on site is progressing and the main structure is now visible.
The completion date of the project has been put back to May 2010, due to the poor
weather in December/January. The media launch will take place in June.
9. TVR are co-ordinating the publicity and launch programme. A communications
strategy has been put in place that seeks to ensure that the piece is showcased
regionally and nationally. It also incorporates an ongoing programme of community
engagement and the production of a commemorative book.
10. The indicative revised programme is for a high profile media launch to take place on
the 10th June 2010 for the arts press, national and regional journalists and major
stakeholders (the date cannot be confirmed until the date of the General Election
has been announced). It is envisaged that this will involve an event at the site
involving national press.
11. The launch programme will include a public lecture at mima for up to 150 people
and a dinner for major stakeholders with Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond at the
Riverside Stadium, the evening prior to the media launch. The media launch will
include a site visit, media interviews with Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond and
lunch. Leading public figures will be invited. Community engagement work is also
a major important part of the launch programme and will include work via the
University with up to 1,000 school children, photography and writing competitions
and a trip to Anish‟s studio by local art students.
12. In addition to this programme, mima will host a unique Anish Kapoor exhibition
featuring four works of art from Kapoor‟s personal collection. This exhibition is to
take place from March to September 2010 and will be part of the celebration of
Temenos. This will allow residents and visitors to have a much greater opportunity
to gain an insight into Kapoor‟s work.
13. A high quality commemorative Temenos „art‟ book is also being co-produced with
mima, the Arts Council and TVR. The „glossy‟ book will contain original artist
sketches, engineering drawings and concepts, photographs documenting the
construction of Temenos, as well as capturing some of the community and
14. The Council‟s Culture and Tourism team will contribute to the programme by
commissioning a community engagement programme that will lead to a publication.
This will link to the Discover Middlesbrough Festival, which this year has the theme
„Sacred Places‟. Temenos is Greek for „land cut off and assigned as sanctuary or
holy area.‟ Local people, key stakeholder groups and creative writing groups will be
asked to contribute to the publication stating what their „sacred place‟ in
Middlesbrough is. The diverse catalogue that emerges may include the Riverside
Stadium, Stewart Park or a place of worship. Local people will take ownership of
the publication and it will help link them to Temenos and Kapoor‟s concept of a
EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT
15. Temenos is intended to be inclusive in its appeal to the wider community. The
EIA is appended to this report.
OPTION APPRAISAL/RISK ASSESSMENT
16. A risk assessment has been undertaken, there were no unexpected issues
identified within this assessment.
FINANCIAL, LEGAL AND WARD IMPLICATIONS
17. Financial Implications – Temenos will cost £2.7m, this is being funded by The
Northern Way, One North East, Homes and Communities Agency, the Arts Council,
the Northern Rock Foundation, Middlesbrough Football Club and BioRegional
Quintain. The Council has not committed any budget to either the commission of
the structure or the launch. However, it is actively supporting the Anish Kapoor
exhibition and public lecture.
18. One North East and the Homes and Communities Agency are funding the formal
19. The Council is part funding the commemorative book from the Regeneration
resources (£20,000) although there will be some revenue generated from its sale.
The Sacred Places work and publication is being funded from the Councils Arts
20. mima have made significant headway to secure the unique Anish Kapoor exhibition
in March 2010. The Arts Council is set to cover the £35/£40K costs. WNF funding is
being sought to add value to the community and education work around the
exhibition from April 2010.
21. Implications – Temenos is in the Middlehaven ward.
22. Legal Implications – There are no foreseeable legal implications. TVR have
confirmed that all liabilities in respect of Temenos rest with the Homes and
23. That the Executive notes the development of Temenos and its launch and endorses
the programme to mark the completion of this major piece of public art.
24. The Council is committed to ensuring that the general public accepts the Temenos
Structure, the planned education programme and subsequent publication will
greatly assist this. An Anish Kapoor exhibition at mima will educate the general
public even further to help create pride and ownership of the installation and will put
Middlesbrough on the cultural tourism map at home and abroad. Both of these
activities will add significant value to the Temenos project.
25. The following background papers were used in the preparation of this report:
a) The draft Temenos Communications Strategy paper produced by TVR was
used in the preparation of this report.
AUTHOR: Claire Wordsworth