Public art is any original and unique work by an artist in a public place. 

Good public art is site specific. It should relate to the context of a particular location and can help to define a public space. 

We enthusiastically welcome public art, as a great way to celebrate the city. We have secured a number of works through commissions as part of development schemes. We encourage developers to dedicate around one percent of their budget to a public art commission.

In new development schemes, public art can: 

  • give public enjoyment
  • strengthen local and cultural identity
  • express a link between private activity and community
  • add prestige to a development
  • lead to interpretative and educational activity
  • provide employment for artists

It may be big or small, mobile or static, integral to a building or freestanding, fine art or functional. It may take the form of sculpture, glass, craft, built furniture, an event or festival.

You can view our advice for developers if you are looking to commission public art.

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Last updated: 22 September 2022