It is essential to set a realistic budget for any new commission covering the full commissioning process – from inception through to realisation and maintenance. Arts involvement must not be sought too cheaply and it can be worth researching comparable commissions to understand how their funding was secured and what level was required (see case studies for some examples). Artists must always be paid and their fee should be ring-fenced within the budget.
The budget holder needs to be aligned with risks and liabilities involved in the project. It can be better for the commissioner to hold the budget and the artist be paid their fee and the fabricator the production costs.
Types of opportunity:
Costs will vary depending on the scope of the opportunity, temporary or permanent. For permanent commissions, it is important to identify a budget line early on in the development process, which can be augmented, if appropriate, by other material budget lines. Included here is a focus on budgets for temporary and permanent opportunities.