Commission stages

At the heart of conceiving an opportunity is how to develop an exemplary commission that can significantly enrich the experience of a place. Fundamentally, art is about challenging our expectations and preconceptions and this means that good art will always be the subject of debate. Advocacy is often needed throughout the process, sometimes both internally within organisations, and externally with audiences, to make the case.

Though every commission is unique and responds to different circumstances and contexts, there are four outline stages, alongside making the case, which may be useful in thinking about a project’s development.

Scoping is about understanding the extent of the opportunity and who needs to be involved. Shaping is about working with an artist to develop ideas and proposals. Realising is about supporting and producing the commission. Owning is about the realities of the public realm and a commission’s lifespan in public space.

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