Public Art in Private Development Database

The Public Art Archive is proud to announce it will now house the Public Art in Private Development (PAPD) Database, originally built and maintained by art lawyer and subject expert Sarah Conley Odenkirk.

Rainbows by Shige Yamada. Bronze. 1998. University of Hawai'i at Manoa Stan Sheriff Center. Photo Courtesy Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

The Future History of Public Art

WESTAF’s 17th Cultural Policy Symposium


Proceedings from WESTAF’s 17th cultural policy symposium, The Future History of Public Art, are now available online. This gathering of public art practitioners and allied professionals convened in Honolulu, Hawai’i on November 5-7, 2017. The event was organized by WESTAF in collaboration with Forecast Public Art and the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
The symposium provided a significant platform for high-level discourse to explore existing challenges alongside emerging strategies for the successful growth of the public art field. Symposium attendees traveled from six countries to take part in the convening, including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United States, Brazil, and Argentina. This convening was organized as a way to reflect on the challenges public art practitioners face and propose ways in which the field can develop to provide a stronger infrastructure in support of the advancement of the field as a whole.

Public Art Journals and Magazines

Public Art Courses

Something Good Happened Here. Installation by Anna Masters.

MA Public Art & Performative Practices – London Metropolitan University, UK
Applications now open for Sep 2023 start. Click here for more details.

This 12-month MA degree course encourages a practical and industry-minded approach to Public Art, exploring the different forms that this take: from outdoor artworks to, more broadly, participatory and performative practices. From our central London location, the course runs collaborations with international art organisations, which so far have included: Tate Modern, The Line, City of London Corporation, Artichoke, the ICA, The Monument to the Great Fire of London, Ca’ Pesaro in Venice, Museum of Public Space in Bologna, Fontys University in Tilburg and RMIT in Melbourne. The course is designed to develop career paths for artists, curators and facilitators interested in any creative medium (visual art, performance, video, installation, sculpture and digital art), with a specific focus on public engagement at both a local and a global level.

During this course, students engage with a range of aspects in the field of Public Art, including creative skills, curatorial practice, fundraising, project management and public art theories. This MA is one of the founding members of the International Masters Network for Art in Public Space, developing links with leading masters in this area, across the world. The course also enjoys a unique connection with CREATURE (London Met’s own research centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement), particularly with its strand Public-Face: through this, MA graduates are invited to continue to be part of a thriving research community upon completion of their degree.

Tutors on the course are all internationally recognised industry professionals, approaching this subject from different angles and areas of expertise. The course leader is also offering anyone interested in this MA degree course a complimentary portfolio/project review session.

Additional Public Art Resources

Public Art Resource Center, Americans for the Arts

Forecast Public Art

Ixia Public Art Think Tank

Monument Lab

SPARC: Social and Public Art Resource Center

National Endowment for the Arts