Part of the framework for developing an opportunity and determining its approach is a strategy or plan. The kind of scoping document considered will depend on the opportunity and whether it is a one-off or longer-term. If, for instance, you are considering an individual commission, then it may be worthwhile to embed this into existing strategies rather than create a stand-alone document. Identifying arts expertise at this early stage will help shape the opportunity appropriately and ensure that it attracts and interests artists.

Strategies and plans can usefully show how commissioning can build on the existing identity of a place, be part of a development or regeneration scheme and be embedded into existing structures. Some of the areas they can include are:

  • Vision
  • Aims and objectives
  • Context
  • Benefits
  • Potential sites
  • Selection methodology for artists
  • Budgets and funding
  • Timetable
  • Management and responsibilities
  • Community engagement
  • Background information – technical, legal and practical

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