Town bridge art project

The St Neots Masterplan announced a project to improve the pathways in the 72-acre recreational green-belt park that runs through St Neots we saw an opportunity to get involved and with a public art project.

The footpath under the main St Neots town bridge is a main thoroughfare for pedestrians using it for both leisure and commuting activities as it connects both sides of riverside park together. It is an ideal location to energise the town with modern art that could create a more aesthetically pleasing walkway.

The footpath under the bridge has twelve 1.5m high exposed concrete supports. We sought permission from Cambridge County Council and their highways representatives to paint the twelve columns as a way to energise the underpass for two reasons: It’s a statement to the St Neots public and Cambridgeshire Peterborough Combined Authority that we are supporting the St Neots masterplan in a proactive way as this walkway is detailed as the main route through to connect the riverside pathways. It’s a light-touch approach to adding creativity to the town which is not highly visible and also low cost but adds a modern feel for the younger culture in the town.

The paint was kindly donated by the Cambridgeshire Community Reuse & Recycling Network, who offer free paint to community projects in Cambridgeshire.

We looked for volunteers to help paint the columns from local secondary schools as a way to include the generations that will use the walkway. Our hope is that by including teenagers in the project it will encourage ownership and pride in their locality to tackle issues of vandalism in St Neots.

Neotists involved in the project

  • Adrian Storey
    Adrian Storey
    Video producer, cameraman, editor and photographer
  • Dave Fleet
    Dave Fleet
    Field recordist and musician
  • Richard Slade
    Richard Slade
    Graphic and web designer
Adrian Storey
Video producer, cameraman, editor and photographer

Adrian Storey aka Uchujin (Alien in Japanese) is a freelance video producer, cameraman, editor, photographer and a recovering ex-pat who recently returned to the UK after a 20 year absence, the last 10 of which were spent in Tokyo. An eclectic career ranging from fashion modelling to working as a sound engineer for the Dali Lama informs and enriches his work which ranges from documentary to music videos.

Adrian has over 20 years experience, has produced video and shot for a large range of international clients including VICE Japan, Greenpeace and Cascade Records and his photographs have been published in The Guardian, La Revue, Jyllands Posten, Der Spiegel, South China Morning Post and The Japan Times amongst others. He is available for projects of any size and can be contacted through his website or on multiple social media platforms where he spends a little too much of his time.

Dave Fleet
Field recordist and musician

Dave Fleet is a field recordist, electronic musician and photographer in so much as that he can point a camera at something that catches his eye in the same way as he point’s a microphone at something that catches his ear.

Richard Slade
Graphic and web designer

Richard Slade has over 20 years experience in the design industry working in the public, private and charity sectors with some of the top names in design. He produces highly creative work for brands and organisations across the UK and his work covers a wide range of disciplines, including web, print and corporate identity. As well as extending his skills into both marketing and project management, Richard is also a highly capable photographer and illustrator. A huge advocate of design and creativity Richard formed Neotists in 2015 as a way to promote local freelance talent and community engagement.