Commission Projects offers a range of professional, expert and accessible consultancy and project management services, delivering art projects from the development of the initial concept through to completion. These projects can range from major infrastructure projects to local schemes, and from the simple to complex.
As well as delivering projects, we help commissioners take a long term view by developing public art strategies and programmes which integrate artists at every stage of the development process.
To support this, we have extensive experience in policy development having successfully developed public art policies for many public and private organisations.
An important aspect of our consultancy is that we take a flexible approach, responding to new and changing circumstances.
Commission Projects role is based on the need of each commissioner or project but can include:
- Drafting and agreeing policies and strategies
- Curatorial and programme development and advice
- Project feasibility
- Drafting and agreeing artistic briefs
- Researching, selecting and appointing artists
- Legal and contractual processes
- Project and programme management
- Advice on budgets, their management and procurement processes
- Advice on technical and maintenance issues
- Negotiation and liaison with local authorities
- Promotion, public consultation and engagement
- Monitoring, evaluating and documenting projects
Planning authorities expect property developers, universities and educational institutions, hospital trusts, housing associations, and others to plan and develop public art programmes within a policy and strategy framework that takes an integrated and long-term view of the potential of working with artists in the public realm.
This approach often leads to increased funding, greater support and benefits - ultimately leading to a more coherent public realm that genuinely references and reinforces a sense of place.
We offer a full policy and strategy development service from background research and consultation, to development and agreement of the policy or strategy, and its advocacy to multiple stakeholders.
Commission Projects is a small, flexible organisation with an extensive network of partners and associates who have specialist skills which include arts and project management, education and public engagement, planning, architecture and landscape architecture, and fundraising.
With major projects, Commission Projects recruits and leads specialist teams that can respond to and deliver ambitious and wide-ranging projects. This ensures that an appropriate and cost effective approach is delivered.