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The Saltley Geyser by David Cotterrell. Commissioned by Shillam+ Smith Architecture and Urbanism. Photo: Grant Smith.

Consultation in Public Art Practice

‘Consultation’ within a public art commission can vary as widely as the nature of public art commissioning itself. This information sheet aims to highlight good examples and creative ways of working.

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Reflections on Collaboration - Feasibility and Sustainability


How artists can work with design teams on capital projects: An Arts Consultant's Perspective


An Artist's Perspective: Remember What Jack Said More collaboration

Practical advice

Flash@Hebburn - new permanent public art work on the banks of the River Tyne. Photo credit: Adam Lawrenson

Public Art Commissions - Good Practice

This paper has been commissioned by Public Art South West from Henry Lydiate, a barrister who has specialised in the law relating to the visual arts since 1978. This paper explores key lessons learned from artists, commissioners and art lawyers who have experience of these matters over many years.

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Local authorities

Public Art and Planning


Commissioning Guidelines: Modus Operandi


Commissioning Guidelines More practical advice


The Met Office, Exeter

Art at the Met Office

This is the first time that the Met Office has commissioned artists to work in collaboration with staff and to benefit from the unexpected insights that arise from dialogue between artists and scientists.

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Patient Environments and the Arts

Environment & landscape

Art in the Travelling Landscape: Hi-Views


Positive Places, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Public Art Programme More reports

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