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Commissioning Art in Public Space – DEADLINE

January 6

NAVA is inviting feedback from artists and the sector on draft new guidelines for commissioning art in public space.


In recent decades, numerous agencies and authorities have worked to identify and articulate best practices in commissioning and managing art in public space. A strong consensus has emerged about what good processes and practices look like, at least for some types of public art projects. Art in public space brings artwork into the public realm and into the often contentious, shared realm of ethics, decision-making and public value. A one-size-fits-all framework is both unrealistic and undesirable, which is where the Best Practice draft can instead be understood as an educational resource to encourage good practice, with the aim of informing a broader conversation about national standards.


The draft guidelines present what is currently considered best practice when commissioning public art, focusing on three most common models of commissioning: direct, open-competition, and limited-competition commissioning. To peruse them and offer your feedback, follow the event link below.