Public art

Growing employment and diversity in creative industries

New government statistics suggest that employment in museums, galleries and libraries may be recovering after a long period of stagnation.

The sector continues to lag behind national averages, but diversity is also beginning to increase - although diversity of employment in music, performing and visual arts is one of the lowest in the creative industries, with only architecture and crafts employing a less diverse workforce.

Study of bespoke hospital artwork

An international study is exploring the increasing practice of commissioning purpose-built artwork in hospitals designed to specifically address the needs of patients. The study is looking for UK examples of artwork commissioned for the needs of particular patient groups.

International Conference on Culture, Health and Wellbeing - June 2017

The second international conference is coming to Bristol UK on June 19, 20 and 21 2017.

The conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Conference themes will encompass multiple art forms and will include:

Public art survey

Public art think tank ixia has launched its fourth annual survey into public art in the UK.

The survey investigates:

Manifesto for public art

A wide-ranging alliance of organisations has published a manifesto calling for a fresh approach to public art.

The manifesto calls for public arts to be seen as “a joyful obligation that is fundamental, not ornamental, to every significant initiative impacting the public realm. The public arts have the potential to help regenerate and revitalise all of our urban spaces, towns and parks, and to play a vital role in stimulating a successful people-centred economy in the service of a democratic society.”

Salford public art as health promotion

A collaboration between the police and a Salford housing association has led to a collaborative art project designed to highlight the dangers of laughing gas.

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Artworks Alliance

A new umbrella organisation has been established to support individual participatory artists. The Artworks Alliance has been developed from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded Artworks scheme to support the development of those working in community arts, socially-engaged arts, voluntary arts, and arts in education and learning.

Patients with long-term conditions disempowered

A new survey of patients with long-term conditions shows that a third are not satisfied with their care and that better integration of mental and physical health provision would improve care delivery.

Fourth Plinth at Royal London

The two winning maquettes for the next Fourth Plinth commissions in Trafalgar Square are now on display at the new entrance of The Royal London Hospital. Hans Haacke and David Shrigley were announced in February 2014 as the winning artists for the next two Fourth Plinth commissions in Trafalgar Square. Their artworks will be unveiled in the square in 2015 and 2016 respectively but the maquettes are on display now.

Increase in funding for public art

Public art think-tank ixia has published the results of its annual survey, with findings indicating that investment in public art increased slightly over the past twelve months. The public art sector’s overall value increased slightly from £55m in 2012 to £58m in 2013, although there was a fall in jobs and fees. The main driver for public art continued to be private sector money aligned to public sector policy, especially the planning system.

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