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Practical guides

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor, Millennium Park, Chicago. Photo: Justin Lightly/Photographer's Choice RF.

The Artist's Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions (2008)

Learn exactly how to build a career in the world of public art. Artists at every career level will discover tips for the best ways to find, apply for, and win public art commissions.

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Art in Public: What, Why and How (1992) Public Art by the Book (2005) Art for Architecture (1987) More practical guides


The Angel of the North, Gateshead, by Antony Gormley, 1998

Public Art Since 1950 (2006)

This beautifully illustrated book by Lynn F. Pearson reveals the history of postwar public art and provides a detailed guide to nearly two hundred of the most interesting and accessible works in United Kingdom

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For Art's Sake? Society and the Arts in the 21st Century (2004) Contemporary Art - From Studio to Situation (2004) Culture Vultures: Is UK arts policy damaging the arts? (2006) More critiques

Urban design

RUDI: Placemaking 2008, cover image (detail)

Placemaking (2008)

A synthesis of professional practice and case studies about better living environments. A review of the key issues and challenges placemaking professionals face at the beginning of 2008, with project examples showing how these have been innovatively approached.

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Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism (2008) Advances in Art and Urban Futures Vol. II : Recoveries and Reclamations (2003) What's art got to do with it? (2003) More urban design

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