Commissioning Art in Public Places

Find out more about the nuts and bolts, the ‘how to’ of commissioning artwork for public spaces. The full scope of the information relates to the development of physical permanent public artworks, which have more detailed requirements including permissions, underground searches, maintenance plans, etc. 


However, it is intended that the guidance can also be used for projects that have temporary, participatory or event based outcomes, and offers a framework of things to consider at all project stages. You should therefore use the elements of the guidance that you feel are applicable to your project. 

The outcome of artists working in public spaces may in some instances be event based activities. If this is the case we recommend that you also visit the events section of the Barnsley Council website to review the resources available there.