Art in the public realm

My City TooOpen-City's Art in the Open is London’s advisor for art in the public realm. It has been developed by Open-City as part of its commitment to London’s public places and is supported by Arts Council England. Open-City’s related initiatives across public programmes, education and advocacy provide an overall perspective of London’s development.

Art in the Open works to raise the quality of London’s art in the public realm by influencing policy, informing opportunities and creating debate.  It advocates a more inspirational environment for London’s public realm and how exemplary art in the public realm can enrich the experience of London significantly. It brings together all those involved in the commissioning process including artists and architects; local authorities and regeneration agencies; developers; statutory bodies and other public sector commissioners.

Art in the Open undertakes independent research on how London’s art in the public realm can be developed – engaging with the general public and young people as well as the sector.

A dedicated Art in the Open web resource offers guidance and advice for those interested in commissioning or making work for the public realm in the capital.

Download our most recent piece of research via the Art in the Open web resource: a report on the Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) Arts and Culture programme, commissioned by the ODA.




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Supported by Arts Council England