Managing risk

It is important to think through all the different stages of realisation. Risks can be financial, time-based, artistic, and health and safety based. Reviewing the risks and developing contingency plans to off-set financial, technical and other health and safety risks can help to mitigate concern. Commissions realised as part of environmental works need to be fully integrated into the building process.

Referencing any similar projects can help the understanding of the risks. Vandalism is often a concern and it is important to review its likelihood and how this can be off-set, say, through consultative work with young people to help ownership and understanding. Always undertake a full risk assessment as outlined by your organisation and follow health and safety guidelines.

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In terms of insurance, it is important to consult with artists to find out what kind of cover they have and then to consider within the project where liability lies and how this risk can be insured. It is very rare for an artist to have professional indemnity insurance, public liability or personal accident insurance. Professional indemnity is very expensive to maintain and it is unlikely that most artists would want to take this on unless they are running a studio. For instance, on environmental projects where architects are involved, artists’ designs can be overseen by the architects who will normally have professional indemnity insurance.