Bournemouth-based artist Stuart Semple is aiming to raise awareness of ‘hostile designs’ after he succeeded in getting his local council to remove retrofitted bars from town-centre benches that prevented homeless people from sleeping on them.
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In November 2016 artist Keith Harrison was announced as the winner of Jerwood Open Forest, a £30,000 commission opportunity to produce a new public work for a forest context. He talks to Anneka French ahead of his sculpture-cum-performance, Joyride, which will see a full-size replica of a Rover 75 ‘launched’ from a ramp in the Staffordshire countryside.
For the Folkestone Triennial, London-based artist Richard Woods has created a series of six cartoon bungalows around the Kent coastal town, each painted in different vibrant colours and placed in improbable settings. He explains why to Fisun Güner.
Despite some underwhelming missteps, the fourth Folkestone Triennial is the best yet with particularly strong works by Richard Woods, Sol Calero, Emily Peasgood and HoyCheong Wong. Fisun Güner reports from the south-east coast.
Taking place over the next three years, the new project will include series of public art commissions and an education programme as artists create artworks with and for South London Gallery’s neighbours on the Elmington, Pelican and Sceaux Gardens housing estates.
The second edition of the annual Art Night festival takes place on Saturday 1 July 2017 throughout London’s East End.
Art UK has begun a three-year project to catalogue the UK’s publicly-owned sculpture collection.
Taking place every ten years, for 2017 Skulptur Projekte Münster presents work by an international line up of around 35 artists who present work in public spaces and museums across the city. Artist and senior lecturer in fine art at the University of Worcester S Mark Gubb reports.
As a member of Artangel’s production team, Laura Purseglove is used to site-specific working and navigating the complexities of staging art projects in historic buildings. All of which will be useful experience for her role at ACE Trust, where over the next two years she will be developing a programme of exhibitions and commissions for churches and cathedrals throughout the UK. Pippa Koszerek finds out more.
Short guide with case studies demonstrating the use of culture in placemaking by ten local authorities.
Evaluation of 2016 edition based on responses of the Biennial’s core audience, participating artists, staff, volunteers, and key stakeholders.
A team led by the American light artist Leo Villareal with British architects and urban planners Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, has won the Illuminated River International Design Competition.
Scottish artist Katie Paterson has recently published her first monograph, documenting almost 10 years of multidisciplinary projects that range from a 100-year artwork to streetlights powered by lightning. Anneka French finds out more.
The Brighton-based artist’s new artwork for the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square has been unveiled by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
The first-ever biennial Estuary festival presents 16 days of art, literature, music and film ‘curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary’. Chris Sharratt talks to Kent-based, water-loving artist Adam Chodzko about his latest iteration of Ghost, featuring a specially adapted kayak with room for one reclining passenger.
Bristol Biennial, the artist-led festival now in its third edition, combines art and ideas in a city-focused combination of new commissions and timely discussions. Maddy Hearn reports on the opening weekend of this nine-day event.
The landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith is to design one of UK’s largest free, public gardens at the Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden in Yorkshire.
The Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress attracted huge media interest with The Hive, his bee-inspired sculptural installation for the 2015 Milan Expo UK pavilion. Wayne Burrows speaks to him about the work, currently on display at Kew Gardens, and BEAM, a companion piece on show at this year’s Wirksworth Festival.
A new exhibition featuring proposals for a permanent artwork in the city has just opened, featuring scale models from Brian Griffiths, Roger Hiorns, Heather and Ivan Morison, Susan Philipsz and Keith Wilson
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announces ambitious public art project spanning 17 of London’s most celebrated bridges, from Albert Bridge in Chelsea to Tower Bridge in the City.
At the recent two-day Social Making symposium in Plymouth, socially engaged practice was discussed in relation to Arnstein’s Ladder, a theory of citizen participation devised in the 1960s. Carolyn Black explores its relevance.
This July, Kathy Noble and the ICA curate the first edition of Art Night, a roving annual contemporary art festival for London initiated and organised by Unlimited Productions.
Out There: Our Post-War Public Art focuses on the period 1945-85 including 1972’s City Sculpture Project, which saw artworks temporarily sited in eight cities across the UK. After attending an event featuring Sculpture Project artists Garth Evans and Liliane Lijn, a-n Writer Development Programme participant James Steventon considers the notion of ‘shelf life’ in public art.