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Planning Public Art

Planning Public Art

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Theokritos Papadopoulos


Planning Public Art will cover the process involved in planning a piece of public art - including the identification of local opportunities, budget, material, presentation, community collaboration, installation, evaluation, marketing and sustainability.

It is recognised that public art is an important factor in improving the aesthetics of our built environment and enhancing a sense of community and ‘place’.

Artists are beginning to play an even more important role in identifying opportunities and design concepts within the urban and rural developments.

On this course, you will evaluate the historical context of public art and where and why it’s popularity and importance has increased over the years – and what direction it may take in the future. You will also discuss the range of public art that exists, from physical infrastructure, landscape and environment management and education and community developments. You will also discuss the various scales, from community art projects to strategic cultural commissions.

By looking at examples of public art, you will consider factors such as site, process, time and material in creating your work.

Topics Covered

  • Identifying opportunities
  • Concept Strategy
  • Budget
  • Materials
  • Submitting proposals
  • Community collaboration
  • Installation
  • Marketing
  • Sustainability
Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you will have a greater understanding of the possibilities and processes involved with public art and have developed a concept and strategy which will enable you to take forward your own project.

Who Should Attend
Artists, curators and creatives considering entering this realm but are unsure where to start. The perfect opportunity to gain confidence in the processes involved with planning and implementing a public or community art project.

Course Level

Tutor Description

Kriton Papadopoulos is an artist and he also completed his PhD at Central Saint Martins looking at the development of the Avant-garde. He has organized various community art projects in collaboration with Kids Company, the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Academy. He has had solo exhibitions both in UK and Europe, including the Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery. He also exhibits his work with aaart gallery, Athens. Kriton has been an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London since 2003.


Please bring the following items with you on the first day:

  • 2 sketchbooks (A3, A4)
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Eraser and sharpner
  • 300mm metric triangular scale ruler
  • A4 tracing paper
  • Scissors

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates