Publicart.ie is a resource for artists, commissioners and clients of public art, and also for academics and researchers.
The site has been developed and contributed to by many people since its inception in 2008. Principally these were Cliodhna Shaffrey, Sarah Searson and Jenny Brady with the Public Art Advisor to the Arts Council, Jenny Haughton, up to 2009. Many of the Arts Council's staff, primarily Toby Dennett and Catherine Boothman have been actively involved in the website's development.
In 2011, Aisling Prior (Office for Art Ltd) was appointed Public Art Advisor to the Arts Council.
From September 2012 to December 2014, Aisling was also appointed Editor of Publicart.ie, and undertook developing the layout and expanding the scope of the site. In June 2014 Office for Art engaged Joanne Laws to assist in researching and updating the site.
In 2015, Sally O'Leary (Asprey Arts Ltd) was contracted to provide Per Cent for Art Development Services to the Arts Council which included, as editor of Publicart.ie the management and maintenance of the website and associated social media functions.
On the site you will find a Directory of over 250 selected artworks made for public places and contexts over the past twenty years, whilst some notable works dating back to 1960's are also included. The Directory is updated on a regular basis and is designed to illustrate work which is considered to contribute to the discourse on art made specifically for a wide public domain.
Publicart.ie has significant and clear information on how to commission contemporary art, primarily through the State's Per Cent for Art scheme. This is set out in the Commissioning pages.
The site also illustrates best-practice with regard to working with artists and host communities. This is discussed in a discursive way by artists and curators in the videos found in the Experiences pages.
In the Thinking section you will find many source materials on contemporary art theory.
The site aspires to being a simple and effective tool to be used for those interested in public art and art in social contexts, either with a view to commissioning an artist or with a view to deepening an understanding of the variety and potential of making work in non-gallery, non-museum spaces.
News items and current opportunities for artists are posted weekly.
To post information to the site, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.