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Heather and Ivan Morison, LookLookLook!, a temporary pavilion created in response to the eighteenth century walled garden at Berrington Hall, a neo-classical mansion in Herefordshire managed by the National Trust. Photo: Ivan Morison
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Artist commissions outside of the gallery

Contemporary Arts Programme Manager at the National Trust Grace Davies explores the benefits to non-arts organisations of Commissioning artists outside of traditional gallery spaces, and offers some top tips for artists to consider when making an application.

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Detail of glass panels in Healthy Living Centre fitness suite
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Heart of Bewbush artist commissions

Glass, textiles and paving blocks by artists Susan Kinley and Steven Follen, commissioned by Crawley Borough Council and funded through a Section 106 agreement, were recently installed in the Bewbush area of Crawley, West Sussex as part of the Heart of Bewbush Neighbourhood Improvement Masterplan.

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A Question of Movement
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Siobhan Davies Commissions

This month sees the culmination of a two-year project at Siobhan Davies Dance, one of the country’s most distinctive dance companies. Choreographer Davies has paired dance artists with visual and applied artists to bring their creative practices together and create new works ranging from performance to film and installation. The commissioned dance artists are Henry Montes, Sarah Warsop, Gill Clarke and Deborah Saxon who are partnered respectively with Marcus Coates, Tracey Rowledge and Lucy Skaer. Henry Montes and Deborah Saxon have also made a piece together with Bruce Sharp. Here, three of the visual artists relate their experiences.

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walkwalkwalk, Bird
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Artsadmin commissions for town hall hotel and apartments

A-n’s Collaborative relationships series exposes the working relationships between artists and the wide range of professionals they choose to collaborate with. In 2009-10 a series of permanent artworks were negotiated for a major redevelopment of Bethnal Green’s former Town Hall into an exclusive hotel. Artsadmin’s Manick Govinda and Clare Qualmann of walkwalkwalk give their account of these negotiations and the work resulting from one of the commissions.

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London Wall
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Digital commissions

For the best part of twenty years, established artist-duo Thomson and Craighead have been experimenting with technology, producing installations and site-specific pieces involving video, sound and electronic networks.

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View of the Banqueting Room, Royal Pavilion
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Museum commissions

Supported by Arts Council England, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and its Renaissance Programme, museumaker involves sixteen museums across the UK in commissioning makers to create new work in response to the venue, and its collections.

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Gallery commissions

Bloomberg SPACE has launched COMMA, a dynamic new programme of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their work.

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Railway Station
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New commissions

A major initiative to install brand new public art sculptures at three Prestatyn locations looks a step closer to becoming a reality.

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The Pit
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Commissions

Jane Watt delves into the process of commissioning and looks at the organisations and bodies offering opportunities to artists at all stages of their careers. Fully updated for 2008.

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Unpaid public art commissions

I am writing in support of the letter by a large group of artists in a-n Magazine, April, addressing the problem of unpaid design work public art commissions.

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All Eyes Skywards During Annual Parade
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New commissions

Shisha will present new site-specific events for Manchester International Festival’s Manchester Firsts, through commissions for international artists Subodh Gupta and Rashid Rana.

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Major commissions announced

Filmmaker Clio Barnard and sculptor Roger Hiorns are winners of the new Jerwood/Artangel Commissions worth £1million, promoted last year through a-n.

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Dual Image with Red, Brown and Blue (Double-sided Perspex relief for Tramway)
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New commissions

Toby Paterson’s commission for Glasgow’s Tramway has now been permanently installed.

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Figure of the Welch Tailor
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New craft commissions

Eight major commissioning opportunities for designer-makers, each worth up to £12,000, are available through Museumaker, a high-profile programme that aims to develop new relationships and new audiences for contemporary craft and museums. The programme has received substantial funding from the […]

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Washington and his daughter
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Awards and commissions

Once we were Africans Black Arts Alliance has commissioned photographer Anthony Jones to photograph ten, black, multi-generational families living in the Greater Manchester area as part of ‘Acts of Achievement’, the north west of England’s annual celebration of Black History […]

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Groundwork commissions

Environmental regeneration agency Groundwork East Midlands is working with five nationally recognised artists to embed a more highly developed approach to arts commissioning. This project builds on a growing recognition within business and charitable sectors – Groundwork’s main networks – […]

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Thought Bubble
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PACE Commissions

Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Aberdeen
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Design for bedside display cabinet
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Hospital commissions

Fabrication started in February on the first of ten major artists’ commissions for the new Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The commissions are part of Leading the Way, a three-year arts programme to enhance the new Gloucestershire Royal Hospital through integrated public […]

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Bata-ville production still
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Public commissions

Greyworld’s Bins and Benches hi-tech artwork has been selected for permanent installation at The Junction. Other artists short-listed were Robin Blackledge, Susan Collins, Dalziel and Scullion, Clive Gillman and Mark Goulthorpe. In Greyworld’s vision, intelligent bins and benches roam the […]

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The Lovely Flowers
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International commissions

International artists will feature in the refurbishment of Junction, Cambridge’s leading contemporary arts and entertainment venue. Proposals from shortlisted artists for public art projects have now created an interactive online virtual exhibition on www.junction.co.uk/publicart with the public invited to nominate […]

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proposal drawing
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Commissions news

The scope and applications of art in the public realm continues to grow, with public commissions provided by private developers as well through community-based public programmes. In this month’s round-up, we highlight projects in Bristol, Manchester, Norwich and Blackburn.

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