London is one of the world’s leading cities for art and architecture, culture and the creative industries. It is also distinct from any other city – both in the UK and abroad – in terms of supporting art, architecture and design in public space. It has a different planning regime, its own strategy for culture, larger areas of development and regeneration, significant strategic issues, and a diverse and cosmopolitan population.
Open-City’s Art in the Open is London’s advisor for art in the public realm and influences London’s policy, as part of Open-City’s Advocacy and Enabling work.
Major policy and strategy impact to date:
- The Mayor’s Cultural Strategy now includes art in the public realm and architecture as a major focus, and also details of our work for London.
- Art in the public realm is referenced for the first time in the Mayor’s draft London Plan
- The Mayor’s Great Outdoors: A Manifesto for Public Space acknowledges the importance of a strategic approach and specifically refers to our initiative, Light London, and the role that artists can play alongside architects and others in enriching the city.
- Our Light London Principles, developed in partnership with the London Development Agency/Design for London, offer principles to support high quality light in public space, and are endorsed by the Mayor in his Cultural Strategy.
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