Art commissioning


There are many reasons why an education programme can be an important element of a commission and an important one is avoiding the perception that a piece of artwork has been ‘parachuted’ into a public space.

A commission may of course have been driven by a community or public need but education projects linked to commissions are an excellent way of explaining and creating ownership for a work that will be located in a public space and advocating the value of artists’ work in the public realm. Education work connected to a commission may also be eligible for additional funding.

The commissioning process can provide an enormous variety of education opportunities before during and after production of the work.

  • Workshops, which involve the public or community directly in the development of a project or even the final piece of work.
  • Work with schools and community groups on a project separate from but relevant to, the commission.
  • Professional development opportunities for artists through working in new context e.g. non-gallery space, direct work with communities, collaboration with other professionals, producing work on a larger scale, working with new materials.
  • Opportunities for younger or less experienced artists to work alongside the commissioned artist.
  • Offering the general public and particularly young people an insight into the professional working practice of artists and the creative process.
  • Opportunities for commissioners to broker new partnerships, develop a greater understanding of working with artists, with new ideas or unfamiliar artforms.
  • Projects where the finished artwork has a planned use as an educational resource.
  • Exhibitions, publications, films or performances that respond to, document or tell the story of the commission.
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