Public art

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.

Catalogue of public sculpture

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association and the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) are planning to collaborate on a project to create a digital record of all public sculpture in the UK. Similar to the PCF’s recent cataloguing of publicly owned paintings, the cataloguing will involve photographing and documenting all sculpture held in public collections. The PMSA currently has a database of over 10,000 public sculptures. The process is expected to take up to four years to complete subject to funding and the support of partners.

Public Art Survey 2013

Public arts think-tank ixia has launched its Public Art Survey 2013. The annual public art survey builds a map of the sector, providing information to help advocate the benefits of public art. Results will be published in the new year. To complete the survey visit w:


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