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Arts Council launches Public Art Handbook for Northern Ireland

Thursday 16th June 2005 at 1pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland launched a major new Public Art Handbook for Northern Ireland on Wednesday 22 June, as part of the week-long programme of exhibitions, talks and guided tours that is being organised by the PLACE Built Environment Centre in Belfast to celebrate National Architecture Week (17-26 June).


The handbook is a clearly-written guide through the process of commissioning works of art for public spaces. It contains a brief history of public art in Northern Ireland, explaining the Arts Council’s role in supporting these projects and offering practical advice on commissioning, routes for funding, best practice guidelines, and case studies of exemplary projects.

Paul Harron , Architecture and Public Art Officer at the Arts Council, describes the contribution that the handbook will make to future public art commissions and to raising the public’s awareness of design quality in our city and natural environments: “How we shape our public spaces affects each and every one of us, and expectations in modern-day Northern Ireland are naturally high. The Arts Council has a lead role to play in stimulating critical debate and promoting art that enhances its environment and invigorates the surrounding community. By drawing together many of the fine public art works that you will find spread across Northern Ireland, this very accessible handbook provides more than just a record of what it has been possible to achieve to date – it provides the inspiration for future projects. The handbook will help those involved in the process of commissioning art within the public realm to achieve the most rewarding results, by approaching their project in an informed way that will best benefit the artists, funders and communities involved.”

The 88-page, full-colour Public Art Handbook for Northern Ireland is available to pick up free of charge from Wednesday 22 June 2005 at: PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast BT1 5EE (Tel: 028 90232524); at the Arts Council’s headquarters at MacNeice House, 77 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6AQ; or on request from Paul Harron, Architecture and Public Art Officer at the Arts Council (Tel: 028 90385200).

The complete handbook can be downloaded from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s website, by clicking here

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