After a public art commission

After you finish a project, it isn’t always a case of walking away. Your project plan should cover what happens after your commission and contract have finished.
How will the physical structure you have produced be cared for and maintained?  What will happen to the group of people you have been working with after you have left? These issues should all be written into any contract.
For the commissioner to consider:
  • Do you need an actual end date or can you phase the project out?
  • How to ‘handover’ the art work? Who signs off and whose responsibility does it then become?
  • Ownership of work and ownership of land
  • Continue to support the commission. Keep publicising it. Maintain a relationship with those you’ve worked with.
For the artist to consider:
  • Dismantling and storage
  • What care does the work need after you have gone? Write a maintenance plan for the commissioner
  • Assess the demand for project to stay and continue. Develop a new proposal
  • Issues of sustainability, retaining relationships with local people and partners

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