Public Art Policy and Guidance

Page last updated at 09 March 2016 at 12:00

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What is public art?

The Council defines public art as a piece of work designed by a professional artist or craftsperson for a particular building or site that is accessible to the public.

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Benefits of public art

Public art can offer a number of benefits that include:

  • Enhancing the quality of the physical environment
  • Contributing to health and a sense of well-being
  • Increasing community engagement through activity and interaction
  • Increasing economic growth through investment and tourism
  • Contributing to learning and education
  • Increasing the potential value and status of developments
  • Providing employment for the creative sector

Learn more about the positive impacts of public art in Eastleigh Borough

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Creating public art

At Eastleigh Borough Council, we feel strongly that Public Art should be an integral part of broader environmental improvement programmes.  We encourage collaboration between planners, developers, architects, landscape architects, urban designers, engineers, community members and artists.

We aim to support those involved in the commissioning of public art, encouraging the expansion of methods and best practice approaches for delivering exciting, inspiring and unique temporary and permanent public art projects.

More information about commissioning public art

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Public art and the planning system

As a general rule, when considering development proposals, the commitment to include Public Art will be acknowledged at pre-application stage and formally documented at outline planning stage, as the applicant and local authority establish an agreement “in principle” to the scale and nature of a development.

A public arts statement will be required for major developments with public art contributions.  This will usually be submitted as part of the full or detailed planning application but may well be documented prior to this stage, particularly if there are opportunities for artist involvement in the master planning stage.  The involvement of an artist is encouraged at the earliest possible stage in the planning of the development, that way the public art elements can be fully integrated into the fabric of the building or public space.  This both maximises the budget and impact and avoids additional costs in ‘adding-on’ at a later date.

The public art statement needs to demonstrate how the developer has provided and will provide opportunities for artists within the development.  Information from the public art statement will inform the section 106 agreement or the planning conditions focusing on public art for that development.  The content of the statement will vary depending on the scale and nature of the development and the stage reached in the commissioning process.

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The Council's public art policies can be found in the Eastleigh Borough Local Plan Review (2001 - 2011).  Further information can be found below in the Council’s new Public Art Strategy (2015-2019) and the Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (July 2008) : All these documents will open in a new browser window.  

Cabinet approval for the revised Public Art Strategy 2015-2019 was gained on 11 February 2016.  The refreshed document aims to both inspire and give a stronger steer to those involved in the commissioning of Public Art.  The document details proposed landmark artworks, local level environmental improvement projects and Community development projects for the Borough


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Public Art Strategy 2015 - 19

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For more information contact Joanne Calcutt

Tel: 023 8068 8822 or email: