Public Art News

Page last updated at 23 February 2016 at 14:45

 

 

 

'Why is this important?' 

Public art and the processes of creating public artworks contribute to building strong, vibrant and healthy communities 

  • The Council’s Public Art Strategy and the work surrounding it, enables the Council to justify seeking public art contributions from developers;
  • Eastleigh Borough Council currently has the strongest Public Art Programme in Hampshire;
  • Over recent years we have negotiated significant funds that can be spent on public art projects;
  • Because public art outcomes are diverse and the process of creating public art has proven community benefits, projects can be designed to meet specific needs of a community, development and /or local area. 

'What is Public Art?'

The Council defines public art as artwork(s) designed by a professional artist or craftsperson for a particular building or site that is accessible to the publicPublic art can take a number of forms;

  • It may be discrete or incorporated within a building's structure or result in the creation of new public spaces, landscape (hard and soft), lighting features, seating, sculpture, signage or flooring;
  • It may take the form of stonework, metalwork, photography, prints, paintings, textiles, ceramics, projection, moving images, computer generated images, performance, events or music commissions;
  • It may be temporary or permanent

“What are the benefits of public art?”

  • Public art increases physical and mental well-being by encouraging activity and instilling a sense of belonging and connectedness to a place, its community and culture.

The development of public art creates opportunities to;

  • Connect with people; raise awareness, engage or consult with communities about relevant themes and/or key issues.
  • Create a sense of ownership over public spaces and foster a pride founded in the recognition that individuals have made a contribution to their environment.

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For public art press information or high resolution images, please contact joanne.calcutt@eastleigh.gov.uk  on 023 8068 8822