Toolkits and publications

AITO art in town centres toolkit

'Inspiring Creative Approaches for Town Centres – Benefits, Advocacy and Commissioning Guidance' (PDF, 1.1MB)
Art in the Open’s toolkit specifically designed to support those interested in commissioning artists for town centres.


'Square pegs and round holes:
a report on the ODA Arts and Culture programme'

(PDF, 10.8MB)

ODA Arts and Culture report

This report charts the journey of the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Arts and Culture programme and outlines recommendations and lessons learned that can be used by regeneration bodies, developers, local authorities, policy makers, commissioners, funders, curators and Olympic host cities, when embarking on art commissioning schemes and regeneration projects in the future. It also includes recommendations specifically for the future of the Olympic Park in London, a selection of national and international case studies, and full details of all of the projects in the ODA’s Arts and Culture programme. For more info click here. The report was commissioned as part of the ODA's Learning Legacy programme.


Light London Principles (PDF, 136KB)

Light London Principles

A document outlining principles to support high-quality and intelligent approaches to light in the public realm.  Developed by Open-City/Art in the Open with the London Development Agency/Design for London. Part of Light London, a city-wide initiative to influence the capital’s public realm policy and its creative opportunities through research and discussion on the theme of light.


Open Space: Art in the Public Realm in London 1995 – 2005

Open Space

One of the first publications to celebrate the role of art in the public realm in London while providing practical guidance for potential clients. Highlighting 36 inspirational examples of art in public spaces around the capital, it also offers detailed guidelines on the commissioning process, from how to develop a brief through to project management, contracts and maintenance.

Jemima Montagu (Ed.), Arts Council England and Central London Partnership, London, 2007

Buy a copy of Open Space.