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art u need: 
 an outdoor revolution

commissioner: commissions east

artists: bob and roberta smith, lucy harrison, andrea mason, milika muritu, hayley newman, jane wilbraham

'Art U Need: An Outdoor Revolution', was an ambitious programme of commissions led by artist Bob and Roberta Smith, which transformed public open spaces in the Thames Gateway South Essex area.

Working closely with local people, drawing on their history, heritage and culture for inspiration, artists Lucy Harrison, Andrea Mason, Milika Muritu, Hayley Newman and Jane Wilbraham were commissioned to create site specific works for five districts in the Thames Gateway: Castle Point, Basildon, Southend, Rochford and Thurrock.

The commissions included temporary and performative elements as well as permanent works and were accompanied by a programme of education events including a seminar for locally based artists, exploring the nature of art within the public realm.

'Art U Need: My Part in the Public Art Revolution' written in diary form by Bob & Roberta Smith and published by Black Dog is available to purchase from book sellers nationally.

The project was supported by the Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership, through the Investing in Communities (IiC) programme, funded by the east of England Development Agency and Arts Council England, East.

Images: Selection of images from Art U Need: An Outdoor Revolution.
Photographs: Anne Kathrin Greiner and artist

© Commission Projects 2019