As every arts project for the public realm is different, developing and producing them is an expert and often time-consuming activity. For a client or commissioner working with the appropriate artist is essential. This section looks generally at how to identify artists and the other roles involved depending on the project’s scope.

London has a wealth of artists, curators, arts organisations and other experts. Seeking professional art advice in the form of a curator/consultant can help achieve a successful project. Art galleries and organisations in London also have long-term connections to different audiences and places, as well as curatorial expertise.

Alongside artists and curators there are often many others involved in creating a project, whether as other members of a design team in permanent projects or fabricators producing the artwork. Steering groups can also benefit most projects bringing together viewpoints including art expertise and client and local representation.