Anonymous: It’s popular, but what’s the value?

This is a true story: An artist attends an interview for a site-specific public art commission involving aspects of community participation. Within a few days she is told she did not get the job. Simu …

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Louise Trodden: on public art

Louise Trodden, Curator and current Director of Art in the Open/Open City ponders the prospects for artists who make work for the public realm in London. Capital dilemmas: what price public art in Lon …

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Briefs and contracts for public art commissions

A commission will lead to a contract for you, as an artist, to create something to a specified brief. That brief is set by the commissioner and can be very loose or very specific. While this article d …

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Types of commission

This article introduces the different things an artist may be commissioned for and the sort of things a practitioner might need to consider before taking one on. A ‘commission’ can cover a range of op …

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Public art commissions: expressions of interest

The first stage of a commission is when a commissioner approaches an artist for ‘An expression of interest’. What is an ‘expression of interest’ and how do I respond? This is just what it says.  A com …

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Working relationships in public art commissions

Learn how to develop a relationship with your commissioner so that you each get what you need out of the commission.  For the artist It is your responsibility to deliver something of quality that is t …

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Legal articles: commissioning

The Artlaw archive of legal articles contains useful information for artists who have been offered or are interested in obtaining commissions, including: Commissioning an Artist, including an overview …

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After a public art commission

After your project is finished, it isn’t always a case of walking away. It is important to write into your project plan what happens after your commission and contract has finished. How will the physi …

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