Post pandemic research confirms major issues and potential of UK public art sector

R Hollis

Post pandemic research confirms major issues and potential of UK public art sector

Posted in Editorial

Ixia’s research is rooted in their 2022 national survey of the public art sector completed by 220 respondents, and a series of forums with invited artists and producers from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The research identifies ongoing structural issues within the sector and reflects the huge impact of the Covid pandemic.

Ixia say: ‘Our research makes it clear that the sector urgently needs to evolve to support and create accessible opportunities for emerging producers and artists to deliver high quality contemporary art in public spaces. There is an ongoing demand for learning and independent guidance on best practice for commissioners, funders and local authorities, as well as creatives. In the past ixia has been funded to offer this support and advice nationally, but currently there is a real skills gap in many areas where there is funding for public art.’

Beam’s research project, ‘Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Public Art Sector’, was researched and written by Nottingham-based independent creative engagement manager and consultant, Boseda Olawoye, in close consultation with freelance practitioners and organisations. It explores the barriers underrepresented artists are facing and how we can make the sector more fair and equitable.

At a key moment when our public spaces are more important to us than ever, this research is an urgent call for change – to diversify and redefine the sector, to upskill commissioners, to make paid artist learning and mentoring the norm, to redefine commissioning parameters, placing communities at the core, to increase connectivity and access, to demystify processes, identify and remove barriers.

Beam say: ‘We fully recognise that this research is a snapshot and there is still much more to be done, but it does highlight some of the key challenges artists working in the public realm are facing. We are committed to using this research as a stimulus for change, both within our own processes and by engaging more artists and organisations in a wider conversation to explore how together we can foster a more diverse and inclusive sector.’

Plans are underway for a free online discussion forum in Autumn 2023, hosted by Beam, Ixia and the Contemporary Visual Arts Network – to register your interest visit
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1O_huTxoeZpmvLM1P6QyojkhZ1caBnvn4XCMCZ_

https://creativewakefield.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Beam_ResearchProject_OnScreen_AW2-Revised-1-1.pdf

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